Skip to content

Search Collections

Garden Fishbowl & Stand/Footbath

1991.1184 (RS25731)

Description

Chinese export porcelain fishbowl in a camphor wood stand, the very large and heavy bowl has deep straight sides with 1 3/4" rim; with underglaze blue and white "Canton" decoration to the interior, and underglaze blue branches of prunus blossoms painted on the outsides. The bowl is resting on its original camphor wood stand, round with squared sides on four turned cylindrical legs and rounded dark stained disk feet. Originally used as a fishbowl, its secondary use, as set up in the Little household, was as a footbath.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
bentwood
camphorwood (wood)
hand-painted
molding (forming)
painting (image-making)
porcelain
turning (shaping process)
underglazing
Object type
Household Accessory
Descriptive terms
Bentwood
bentwood
Camphor
camphorwood (wood)
Canton
Canton (Chinese painting style)
FISHBOWL/FOOTBATH
fishbowls
hand-painted
Molded
molding (forming)
Painted
painting (image-making)
Porcelain
porcelain
Turned
turning (shaping process)
Underglazed
underglazing
Dimensions
13.25 (H), 29.75 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.1184
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2741
Reference Notes
Winchester, Alice. "Living with Antiques", Antiques Magazine, Feb.1969. [No Publisher].

Comments