An important and extremely rare wucai fish bowl
Longqing six-character mark and of the period
The sturdily potted sides gently rounded and painted in bright underglaze blue and skilfully enamelled in soft shades of green, ochre and iron-red with a continuous scene of lotus flowers, pods and leaves and clumps of rushes growing from the rippling waters of a lake, providing a home for birds variously swimming and flying above, including pairs of geese and mandarin ducks, and three crested egrets standing on a grassy promontory, all below a continuous foliate meander issuing lingzhi fungus at the rim and above blue lappets at the foot, the six-character mark painted in underglaze blue on the inside of the rim, wood stand. 57.2cm (22½in) diam. (2).