A pair of doucai 'Carp' bowls, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period. Estimate 10,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's
each rising from a short foot to rounded sides, painted to the exterior with two carp amongst swirling waves below a band of clouds and radiating sun, a flowering peach tree with iron-red blooms growing beside a rock amid swirling waves, all between double line borders, the interior of each with peach blossoms amid waves, apocryphal Chenghua marks in underglaze blue (2) - Diameter 7 1/4 in., 18.4 cm
Provenance: Christie's New York, 19th September 2007, lot 330.
Note: A bowl with closely related design was sold in our London rooms, 15th May 2013, lot 306. See also a similarly decorated bowl but without carp in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 223, no. 204.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 15 Sep 2015, 02:00 PM