Chinese porcelain famille verte, wucai conical bowl painted overall with eight fish comprising six carp and two mandarin fish, all on a white ground, the base glazed white.
7 7/8 inches, 20 cm diameter.
Overall excellent condition with no chips or cracks, very slightly warped, several pinprick spots/bubble bursts to the mouth rim which are original to manufacture, tiny scratch on rim.
Provenance & Additional Information
• From the collection of Lady Margaret Fortescue.
• Sold by Christie’s London in their auction of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and Japanese and Korean Ceramics,14th/15th July 1969, lot 239, purchased by Marchant.
• Sold by Marchant, 27th October 1969.
• From the collection of the late Peter Fawcett and thence by direct descent.
• A similar deeper bowl is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 117, pp. 178/9, where the author notes from the Yuan dynasty through to the Qing dynasty, artists introduced different fish into the design and therefore forms the rebus qingbai lijie, ‘pure and incorruptible’ and would hence be a suitable gift for an official.
• A similarly painted fluted saucer dish with four fi sh amongst aquatic plants is illustrated by Wang Liying in Porcelains in Polychrome and Contrasting Colours, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, vol. 38, no. 114, p. 124.
• A large blue and white fish dish with underglaze copper-red from the Jie Rui Tang Collection was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Qing Porcelain from Three Private Collections, 2019, no. 1, pp. 8/9 and is illustrated by Jeffrey P. Stamen, Cynthia Volk and Yibin Ni in A Culture Revealed: Kangxi-Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection, no. 68, p. 71 and a blue and white version is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, collection no. CIRC.289-1931.