Saucer with peony design, Japan

Saucer with peony design, Japan

Saucer
Japan (Arita)
1700 - 1720
Porcelain with Imari style decoration in underglaze blue & overglaze, enamels & gilt
Museum no. C.112A-1912
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A pale blue saucer, decorated in blue and red enamel and gilt with pairs of quails in petal shaped compartments separated by sprays of flowers. The middle of the saucer has a spary of peony within a blue & gilt band of Japanese cloud pattern and the rim is decorated with a band of blue & gilt diaper. The peony, known as the 'flower of twenty days' because of its short blooming season, was particularly favoured by the nobility as it was considered a symbol of prosperity, happiness, love and affection.