Pair of Chinese export Yongzheng period ruby ground soup dishes with a central design of an exotic bird perched on a branch, rendered as a scene on a scroll unfurled in reserve against the red ground, all within rims scattered with prunus branches. ┬áThe ruby background is much sought after by collectors as it was a painstaking procedure to procure an even ground color through the firing process. Measuring 9″ in diameter. ┬áCirca 1730.