中国陶瓷璀璨多元的历史中，五彩瓷器被很多人认为是其中最为精美的一种。Famille verte由法国艺术史学家Albert Jacquemart在1860年代根据色彩对陶瓷进行了分类并沿用至今，famille verte（五彩）的字面意思是“绿彩家族”，同时还有famillle jaune（黄彩）、famille rose（粉彩）和famille noire（墨地彩）。
Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai deep saucer dish, painted with the three friends of winter, sanyou, pine, prunus and bamboo in blue and yellow enamel peach shape reserves, all on a rich green ground painted as a large open leaf with a naturalistic margin, the underside as a stylised flowerhead, the base with a flower mark in underglaze blue within a double ring.
Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai miniature rouleau vase, painted on the body with a standing lady holding a basket of flowers beside a young boy holding a lotus flower suspended on a wand, beside a table with books and a brush, in a continuous landscape scene with rockwork fence and two stools, with iron-red leaf and round seal and a square seal, the shoulder with reserves of prunus flowers on a geometric green ground, the neck with sprays of bamboo.
Pair of Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain large models of seated Buddhist lions on openwork rectangular stands, the male with a reticulated ball of cash-pattern simulating a brocade ball under his front left raised paw, the female with a cub climbing up her front raised right paw, each covered on the body in a translucent pale green glaze with relief hair work to the mane and spine heightened in dark green and blue enamel, their faces in pale yellow with wang-characters on their foreheads, the upright tails with aubergine glaze, the stands with peony, chrysanthemum, magnolia, camellia, prunus, lotus and pinks on a speckled green ground, each with two butterflies. The flat underside unglazed with muslin effect. 14 inches, 35.7 cm high. Early Kangxi, circa 1680.
Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai, square form bowl with chamfered foliate corners, painted on each side with different scenes from the Romance of The Western Chamber; Zhang Sheng climbing the wall to visit Cui Yingying while her maid Hong Niang interrupts; Zhang Sheng seated at a table giving a letter to Hong Niang to deliver; the lovers meeting under the new moon and stars on a date arranged by Hong Niang who peeps through the window; and Zhang Sheng talking to Hong Niang with his male servant listening behind a screen decorated with a sun above waves, all between prunus and bamboo branches, the interior painted in the well with a scholar seated on a carpet between a stack of tied books and a wrapped qin, beneath a band of lotus flowerhead and butterfly reserved on a green diaper ground.
Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai baluster vase of Guanyin form with tall flaring neck, painted on the entire body with an abundance of flowers and foliage including iron-red tree peony and a long gnarled prunus tree, tall leafy branches of bamboo, pine, grasses and elaborate leaves, amongst pierced rockwork with a butterfly in flight, all beneath a ruyi-head band at the rim, the base glazed white with a double ring in underglaze blue.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte saucer dishes painted with four fan-shaped panels of fish amongst aquatic plants, on a scrolling yellow ground heightened with open-winged phoenixes, beneath a border of six butterfly panels on a dotted-green and floral ground, the underside with a continuous yellow and green border, the base with flowerhead mark in underglaze-blue within a double ring.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte ginger jars and covers, painted with water lilies and lotus leaves, painted in iron-red, aubergine, green and blue-enamel, amongst ducks swimming in iron-red waves, with birds flying above, the shoulder with an iron-red floral band, repeated on the cover rim below a band of scrolling flowers and foliage, the knop with gilt head.
A pair of ‘Chinese-taste’ famille verte table-screens of rectangular form with chamfered corners, one side with a figure standing on a river bank within a mountainous river landscape scene containing buildings and pine trees, the reverse with books, vessels and a vase with flowers, one with a hanging lantern, the other with a standing bird on a perch, all surrounded by a raised border containing four panels of enclosed chrysanthemums on a diaper ground.
Pair of Chinese porcelain verte-imari ‘Warsaw pattern’ dishes, each painted and enamelled with a central medallion of a basket of flowers on a fenced terrace, the rim and border with panels of birds and flowers, the undersides with flowers amongst various animals, the bases with inventory marks N:IZ7/I.
Pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte saucer dishes each with chrysanthemum fluted body and foliate rim, painted with different pairs of birds with one in flight and one perched amongst flowering branches of prunus and camellia, beneath a border with butterflies and flowering plants including chrysanthemum, peony, aster and prunus on a seed green ground, the underside plain, the base with a zhi mark within a double square and a double ring.
Chinese porcelain wucai, famille verte brush pot, bitong, painted on the exterior with four carp, one in blue enamels with green fins and tail, one in green enamels with blue fins and tail, a leaping carp in iron-red and a smaller carp in white enamel with green fins and tail, all amongst aquatic plants, weeds, grass and roe, the base unglazed with a small recessed white glazed centre.
A Chinese porcelain wucai, ko-akai plate with flat everted rim painted in the centre with Putai seated on an elaborate rug wearing a yellow and turquoise robe, between two cranes in flight and two lingzhi, underglaze blue and iron red ruyi clouds, encircled by further ruyi heads and clouds, the base with an underglaze blue ring with a mark that reads Tian Xia Tai Ping, "peace under heaven".
A Chinese-taste porcelain famille rose/verte bottle vase, ping, with pear shaped body and tall cylindrical neck, painted in bright enamels with a continuous scene of a yellow breasted bird perched on a branch of bamboo amongst fruiting and flowering branches, on which a grasshopper sits on one leaf, with three flying insects.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte models of a European couple, the man standing in front of rock work with arms extended, his right hand holding a hat, his left hand a scroll, wearing a long wig extending over his shoulder resting on a yellow robe with green shou characters, trimmed with black flowers on a green ground, an iron red sash painted with prunus blossom, his trousers also iron-red with black enamel shoes. The lady, with high-piled curling hair and cloth cowl, standing with left arm extended, wearing a long yellow dress painted with black flowers and scrolling foliage, her bodice and skirt in green adorned with flowers, her apron iron red painted with a bird in the clouds.
A Chinese porcelain famille verte teapot and cover of ribbed 'bamboo' form, the tall arch-shape handle of ribbed bamboo form, the spout of shallow 's' form, the body ribs painted with vertical alternating panels enclosing flowering branches between aubergine and green ribs, heightened with black enamel, the short straight neck with iron red band of scrolls, the cover also ribbed with alternating green an aubergine, all standing on three short biscuit feet.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille verte bottle vases with ovoid bodies, garlic topped slender necks and flared rims, each painted with four panels; peony and butterflies with insects, chrysanthemum with butterflies and insects, alternating with panels of 'hundred antiques' including; vases, censers, books, wrapped qin, weiqi board and counter holders and ruyi sceptre, the shoulders with band of hexagonal diaper beneath a ruyi headband, above flowers on a seed green ground, the garlic mouths with lappets and an iron-red ground mallow flowerhead band at the rim.
A Chinese porcelain famille verte wine pot and cover of bell form, painted on each side with two ladies seated in conversation, one holding a fan, the other a sceptre, beside a day bed with a wrapped qin, and beside a table with books, each beside a screen, fence and rockwork, within an iron red frame and between a branch of iron-red prunus flowers, the upright rim with keyfret, the cover with stylised flower heads, the gate form handle imitating wicker-work.