Lot 57. A blue and white 'floral' fishbowl, Qing dynasty, 18th century. Diameter 16 ¼ in., 41.3 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 50,000 USD. Lot sold: 44,100 USD. © Sotheby's 2021
the deep curved sides narrowing at the base and surmounted by a straight lipped rim, elegantly painted with stylized lotus blooms borne on an undulating stem issuing scrolling leaves, all between an upright lappet border at the foot and bands of ruyi heads and crashing waves just below the rim.
Property from the Collection of Bruce Dayton and Ruth Stricker Dayton.
Note: For similar fishbowls sold at auction, compare one sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 20th November 1985, lot 70. Another, with an additional band of the 'eight Buddhist emblems' sold in these rooms, 19th November 1982, lot 285.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021