|Guangxu Mark and Period ‘Birthday’ Dish (GFM021509)|
1875 – 1908
Guangxu Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels
Diameter: 15.2 cm / 6 in
Height: 4.5 cm
From a Northern California private collection
A 19th c Guangxu imperial dish, marked with a 6-character Guangxu kaishu mark in iron red and of the period. Beautifully formed with rounded sides and an everted rim, this dish descends from a long line of “birthday’ dishes in the imperial tradition featuring the theme “fushan shouhai”. The combined imagery of bats flying over mountains and ocean conveys the message: “May your happiness be as deep as the Eastern Sea, and may you live to be as old as the Southern Mountains”.