A pair of copper-red and famille-verte 'Goldfish'  bowls, seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850)

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Lot 3074. A pair of copper-red and famille-verte 'Goldfish'  bowls, seal marks and period of Daoguang (1821-1850); diameter 11.5 cm., 4 1/2  in. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 HKD. Lot sold 312,500 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013

each of conical form, with deep rounded sides supported on a short slightly tapered foot, enamelled on the white interior in shaded tones of iron red, sepia and green with two goldfish grazing on clusters of pondweed, their scaly bodies, tail fins and gills naturalistically detailed in pencilled tones, the exterior covered with a deep copper-red glaze stopping neatly at the rim and foot, the base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Hong Kong, 08 april 2013