Lot 140. A blue and copper-red 'carp' saucer-dish, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 35cm (13 6/8in) diam. Estimate £4,000 - 6,000. Sold for £ 5,000 (€ 5,743). © Bonhams
The deep sides rising from a channelled foot, painted in vibrant tones of copper-red and blue with a leaping carp above breaking waves rising towards a setting sun on the horizon, encircled in the cavetto by fish, crabs, shrimp, other crustacea and water weeds, the exterior similarly painted with various fish swimming on a diagonal wave ground with florets.
Note: Compare with a very similar dish, Kangxi, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by R.Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, London, 1998, no.55.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 08.11.2018