Garden Fishbowl & Stand/Footbath

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1800-1850

GUSN

GUSN-2741

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

Descriptive Terms

fishbowls
porcelain
bentwood
camphorwood (wood)
painting (image-making)
hand-painted
molding (forming)
turning (shaping process)
underglazing
Canton (Chinese painting style)
Porcelain
Camphor
Bentwood
Painted
Turned
Molded
Underglazed
Canton
FISHBOWL/FOOTBATH

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

13.25 (H), 29.75 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.1184

Reference Notes

Winchester, Alice. "Living with Antiques", Antiques Magazine, Feb.1969. [No Publisher].