This small tray exhibits many Chinese items slightly raised from the surface and enamelled. Each is a "precious" object of symbolic importance.
The highlight of the decoration are the three fancy fan-tailed, googly eyed (telescope eye) fish. Often referred to as koi, they are not koi which tend to be fancifully colored carp but without the features found on the fish represented here.
Even the feet have enamel decoration.
The tray measures 3 1/2" x 2 3/4" x 3/4" high. Condition is very good. One corner appears chipped off but it is actually dented inward. Also, someone scratched off an area on the back - probably to see if it was silver, but the color is coppery.
On the center back is impressed the word "China". We date this piece to pre-1920 - probably late 19th century. It is a precious little remnant of the past and will make a great addition to any orientalia collection. Very likely a "one of a kind".
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