Oriental antique furniture - contemporary art, lighting and ceramics

Oriental antique furniture - contemporary art, lighting and ceramics

Food tray with goldfish medallion

Origin: Zhejiang province

Early 20th century

  • spruce
  • 370mm diameter x 370mm high

Trays were popular for carrying cakes and sweets and presenting them to the host of a picnic or a private meal between friends. A well made tray with auspicious symbols showed respect and friendship.

This tray has carving of goldfish. The word for goldfish is a homonym of characters for gold and jade. The goldfish also brings to mind a popular saying wishing your house to be filled with riches.