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). The rim is further decorated with cartouches filled with camellias in full blossom and the underside of the rim features a foliate border. The underside has two affixed paper labels, but is otherwise unmarked.
Collected in the late 19th and early 20th century and donated to a Private Midwestern Institution in 1938
Sold to enhance and preserve the Institution’s mission-relevant Collections
DIMENSION : The piece measures approx. 8.5″ (21.5cm) W x 1.0″ (2.54cm) H x 13.75″ (35cm) D.