This is a fine Chinese Wucai porcelain fishbowl. The bowl is beautifully painted to the exterior with lotus flowers, and with Chinese auspicious symbols over repeated lotus blossoms, and a lappet band encircling the foot and the mouth respectively, the interior painted with goldfish and foliage and the foot ring on over glazed white. Its body is white porcelain with blue underglaze decoration with an additional layer of colored enamels, resulting in this bright, festive exterior design and of golden carp and lotuses in the inside. This design and its associations with both fertility and good fortune. The bottom with a square red seal mark.
The fish bowl origin starts in 1300AD in China. Back then the Chinese would keep ponds full of goldfish in their houses. They would have large ceramic bowls with pretty fish patterns inside and out. When they had visitors or for special occasions they would take the goldfish out of the pond, and put them in these bowls. When the event was over, those fish went back to their nice big pond. The Empress Dowager Cixi, of the Manchu Yehenara clan, was a powerful and charismatic woman who loves to keep and collect goldfish and fish bowls.
Made for export during the Chinese Republic Period, Circa 1930. Provenance : From a Chinese collector.
Condition: Very good
Measures: 9" H x 10" W
Weight : 6kgs. approximately
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