Category: chinese lacquer

18th C. Qianlong Chinese Rectangular Lacquer Tray

beautiful Chinese red lacquer carved rectangular tray, the finely crafted tray features a charming vignette of two ribbon-tailed birds (綬帶鳥 shoudainiao) perched among blooming camellias (茶花 chahua), a visual metaphor meaning “May you enjoy eternal youth and longevity” (春光長壽 chunguang changshou). Camellias are associated with spring and youthfulness while “ribbon-tailed birds” (長綬 changshou) is a homonym for “longevity” (長壽 changshou). […]