A traditional motif in Chinese art, the fish on this hand-painted late 19th/early 20th century Provincial plate represents a blessing for wealth. Chinese symbols take on added meaning and nuance when seen in combination. In this plate, the decorative blue lines surrounding the fish suggest water, which together would offer the wish "to be as content as a fish in water." A charming example of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. The wax export seal is partially intact.