A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls Qianlong
Lot 380† W
A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls
Qianlong
£75,000 - 85,000
US$ 120,000 - 130,000

Lot Details
A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls Qianlong A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls Qianlong A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls Qianlong A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls Qianlong A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls Qianlong
A very fine pair of large famille rose fishbowls
Qianlong
Each of globular form set with a pair of relief lion-mask handles, rising to the waisted neck and flaring rim, supported on a spreading foot, the main border colourfully enamelled in red, white, blue, yellow green, rose, brown and gilt with sprays of peony, chrysanthemum, magnolia and aster issuing from gnarled branches amidst rockwork, all between the foot variously enamelled with lappets or ruyi and red-enamelled lotus scroll, the shoulders with a cloud scroll alternating with flower heads also on the wide rim, the neck similarly decorated with floral sprays below the rim edge with a classic scroll, the interior superbly enamelled with fish swimming amidst aquatic plants, wood stands. 63cm (24¾in) wide (4).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 粉彩花卉紋雙獅耳大缸一對

    Magnificent and stately bowls such as the present lot were highly sought after by the wealthy and fashionable classes of 18th century England. Of smooth white porcelain and richly enamelled, their sheer size and vibrancy of decoration would have made them almost impossible to imitate successfully by any means available to Western porcelain manufacturers at the time. The fact that a pair now survives adds to their rarity and value.

    A related single famille rose fishbowl in the collection at Wallington House, Northumberland, is illustrated in Treasures from the National Trust, London, 2007, p.49.
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