A small Chinese export bowl, decorated in underglaze blue and dating from the Kangxi period. The bowl is decorated with four fish swimming amongst water plants. The base has a curious underglaze blue mark which looks like two staring eyes (but probably represents a lingzhi fungus). On arrival in London the bowl was over-decorated with iron red enamel and gilding to covert it to an ‘Imari’ style. Diameter 11.2cm (4.4")
It is believed that this style of decoration was done in London. It is usually seen on these relatively early Chinese wares.
Kangxi c 1700 - 1720
This bowl is in good condition. There is one hairline extending from the rim (pointed out in the last image). No other damage. As can be appreciated, the enamels and gilding are in very good condition with only minor rubbing and loss inside the bowl.