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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.
turning (shaping process)
Canton (Chinese painting style)
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
13.25 (H), 29.75 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Winchester, Alice. "Living with Antiques", Antiques Magazine, Feb.1969. [No Publisher].