The plate has an open mouth, an arc-shaped body and a rounded base. Overall, the plate is well structured with white and delicate colors; both the inner and outer walls are decorated with contrasting colors, bright, gorgeous and lively. In the center on the inside bottom is depicted an elderly man with long beard in a blue-and-white double border circle, holding a peach, accompanied by a boy with double hair buns, and in front of him a crane is looking back. The painting is of a full composition. Auspicious designs like weeping willows, hill stones and lucid ganoderma are painted to fill the rest of the picture, vividly reflecting the worship of the immortals and Taoism at that time. The outer wall of the plate is ornamented with designs of bamboo leaves, flowers and plants. The rounded base is white glazed, inscribed with a blue-and-white six-character mark in three lines reading “Daqing Yongzheng Nianzhi” (made during Yongzheng Period in Qing Dynasty) in regular script, surrounded by a blue-and-white double border circle.
Contrasting color porcelain reached its peak in Yongzheng Period, when contrasting color wares from official kilns boasted white and delicate embryos, pure and mellow glaze colors, exquisite making process, and expressive paintings. During Yongzheng Period, craftsmen were dedicated to depicting objects and images through the multiple contrasting colors. Concerning the theme, Emperor Yongzheng Emperor was fond of poems and painting and really cared about auspicious signs; he even personally engaged in business related to porcelain manufacturing, and therefore wares made by the official kiln during this period clearly showed the Emperor’s preference and taste. This contrasting color plate with figure and crane designs is an outstanding work, representing the development of contrasting color porcelain making during Yongzheng Period.