The 'famille rose' wording refers to the full maturity of this art when the enamel creates opaque colors. This term is misleading because the porcelains from the famille rose do not always include that color. It is better to use the word yangcai which is generic for that technique or fencai meaning powdery colors which more specifically applies to the Imperial yangcai.
The famille verte is a similar technique except that the colors are translucent. Here too we shall prefer the Chinese word : yingcai.
The Yongzheng emperor loved the symbols of infinite longevity like the peach and the auspicious such as the bat. The peach is a great excuse to use all the hues of the fencai palette in the fruits, flowers, leaves and branches. A fencai bowl 14 cm in diameter is estimated HK $ 40M for sale by Sotheby's in Hong Kong on October 7, lot 3611.
This design results from an imperial will as expressed in the ninth year of his reign, 1731 of our calendar. The original pairs were often separated but the production is so homogeneous that a collector was able to gather a new pair, sold for HK $ 90M including premium by Sotheby's on April 7, 2015.
When the Qianlong emperor succeeded his father Yongzheng, the fencai had already reached its higher maturity but the diversity of the forms generated new masterpieces. The branches of the peach wrap around the tall neck of the tianqiuping, a pot-bellied vase whose name means celestial globe.
A tianqiuping 51 cm high was sold for HK $ 90M including premium by Sotheby's on 5 October 2011. Another tianqiuping 55 cm high is estimated HK $ 60M, lot 3610 in the same sale as the single bowl discussed above. The high popularity of this theme (now without bats) prevents to define a detailed date for both tianqiuping within the very long reign of Qianlong.