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Posted 5 years ago


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I'd love to know more about this odd mish-mash of styles - Sino-italianate?! Sorry that it's so dirty. Does anyone recognize the maker's marks on the bottom? thanks!

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  1. ItalianGlassDecor ItalianGlassDecor, 5 years ago
    Hi Ho2cultcha

    This is Chinese in origin and probably and probably dating from the late 19th century. It is referred to as a Jardinierre or Fish bowl and is a great example. I have never seen the Goldfish painted in Iron Red on the interior before but a great job. The characters you see on the base are of the factory and artist who painted the piece so look after it

  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    thank you dean. very interesting. what color is usually used on the goldfish?
  3. ItalianGlassDecor ItalianGlassDecor, 5 years ago

    The 19th century versions and into the 20th century were almost always painted cobalt blue but I have never seen a version with the fish actually painted inside - quite unusual. Iron red and cobalt blue was a common colour combination in the mid 19th century

  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    i'm confused by your messages. i find fish bowls w/ the fish painted inside all the time. i have like 6-7 pairs of them at the moment. ??

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