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A pair of beautiful shallow dishes decorated in under-glaze blue with over-glaze iron red, green, yellow and enameled with gold gilt highlights. This kind of technique required the work to be fired twice; First in high temperature and then in low temperature. There are four stylized bats holding cash coins joined with ribbons meaning of: fortune in front of your eye for generations to come. Four“shou” symbols in the form of palace lanterns around the perimeter and a bat, shou symbol and lotus in the center symbolizing wishes for a long and prosperous life. There is a music instrument "Qing" above the "Shou" character indicates the items were possible made for a birthday celebration. The reverse is decorated with four bats in iron red. and in the center of the base is marked Jiaqing period (1796 to 1820).
Size: 5 7/8" diameter each.
Condition: There is wear to the interior enamels and there is hardly visible short hairline on the outside edge of each dish as shown in the last photo. No other damage.