A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain reticulated sweetmeat dishes of fan-shaped form each hand-painted with a small vignette of flowers, birds, and butterflies within a leaf-shaped reserve against a very finely gilded scrolling foliate ground – the motif continued around the rim edge which borders the sides of hand-cut reticulation.  Almost certainly part of a supper set which would have had other similar components forming an outer ring of these lotus petal shaped dishes around a central circular dish, the suite coming in a fitted box. Part of an extravagant and luxurious set for the circa 1800 dining table. Each measuring 4 1/2″ x  5 1/4″ and other than a very small rim chip and minor glaze imperfections, in very good condition with very fine painting.