Chinese or Japanese Enameled and Gilt Porcelain Fish Bowl
Our truly beautiful ceramic fishbowl, apparently porcelain, measures 12 inches tall and 20.5 inches in diameter. It features wonderful enamel decorations of exotic waterfowl and surrounding foliage and flowers, on a cobalt blue glazed ground with extensive gilding at the rim, and dramatic dragon masks in high relief at the sides - the largest and most flamboyant we have seen in our 21 years in business. Apparently unsigned.
The shape of this bowl, particularly the flat decorated rim, bulbous sides, squat profile and flared foot, are characteristic of fish bowls of the Yongzgeng (1723-1735) and Qianlong (1736-1795) periods.
Fine interpretations of Asian designs were also produced in the nineteenth century in England by George Jones, and in France by Collinot and Samson.
We suspect this piece dates from the late 19th to early 20th century.
( porcelain faience )