19th-Century Chinese Porcelain Fish Bowl

Value (2014) | $6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction

My husband and I lived in Springfield, Illinois, and we went to a local auction gallery. We saw this. I liked it a lot. My husband thought it was big and we probably didn't need it. But it was the very last item in the auction.

What did you pay for it?


And when was this?

About nine or ten years ago.

Nine or ten years ago. It's probably mid to late 19th century.


It's quintessentially something that's of Chinese taste. It's very, very pretty. It's decorative-- the dragons, the peony flowers. And a fantastic interior to the bowl as well. And it was a fish bowl.

Oh, my goodness.

And this is the kind of thing the Chinese are looking to get back. Nowadays, a piece like this would probably sell in the neighborhood between $6,000 to $8,000.

(gasps) Oh, my... When it was $35 and there was no other bid, he said, "Okay, bid." And so...

You wouldn't have gotten it for $35 if I was there.


Appraisal Details

Tremont Auctions
Newton, MA
Appraised value (2014)
$6,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
Richmond, VA (August 17, 2013)
19th Century
Enamel, Porcelain

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