That means Happy New Year in Chinese. I love everything Oriental and by no coincidence worked for many years, as a waitress at a Chinese restaurant. On Chinese New Year they closed the restaurant and had a big feast. All patrons and employees of the restaurant were invited to and attended a big party with many dishes of traditional Chinese food which is not chow mein or fried rice or batter fried shrimp and chicken. One year the owners took us all into Chinatown, in February, in Boston. Cold? Oh Yes. But we ate, with chopsticks because they really had no forks in 1982 in this little funky Chinatown hole in the wall. It was great. We never missed a beat either with those chopsticks. Honestly, for 10 courses. The next day we discovered that my friend's barefeet (yes she wore open toed shoes in cold winter Boston) were all red dye from the confetti lying in the streets. www.123chinesenewyear.com/
This tiny 2"x3" oil on board depicts the 3 Lucky Chinese Coins. The red ribbon symbolizes the lifeblood of money.