A closely related example was included in The Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics of Eight Dynasties, National Museum of History, Beijing, 1987, p. 65; another was exhibited in Beauty and Tranquillity. The Eli Lily Collection of Chinese Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, 1983, cat. no. 116; and another from the T.Y. Chao family collection was included in the exhibition Ch’ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1973, cat. no. 66, recently sold with its pair in our rooms, 1st December 2017, lots 323 and 325. See also a flask from the collection of R.I.C. Herridge sold in these rooms, 28th November 1978, lot 235; and another sold in our Paris rooms, 18th December 2009, lot 263.
The design of peaches and bats, with its highly auspicious message, appears to have originated in the Yongzheng reign and grew in popularity during the Qianlong period, when it was represented in all possible media. The bat (fu) and peach (shoutao) create the pun fushou shuangquan (‘May you have both blessings and longevity’), which makes this piece particularly suited to be presented as a gift on the occasion of a birthday.
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