Just a spectacular piece, both in form and decoration, this Chinese export porcelain footed, handled, oval serving dish is covered in a profusion of flora and fauna, all rendered in the famille verte palette. Raised upon small shaped feet, the handled dish is centered at the bottom with an exuberant image of “The Three Friends of Winter”, pine, prunus, and bamboo, symbols of resilience and steadfastness as the pine remains “ever” green, the bamboo bends with the wind, and the prunus is one of the first plants to flower in the early Spring. The masterful decoration continues on the sides, both inside and out, with beautiful vignettes of exotic birds amongst flowering branches of peony, prunus and lotus, the interior rimmed with a border of further flowers against reserves of butterflies. Measuring 3 3/4″ tall 8″ wide x 13″ long. Some restoration to one handle, otherwise very good condition. Ex-Chait Collection. Citca 1700-1720.