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by Mike Clements
(Evesham, Worcestershire, UK)

Are you able to help with identification of this Goldfish Bowl, please?

It was left in the garden of the house my son moved into and has lain there for about nine years. Sadly it has become damaged by frost and the base has broken away from the bowl. I have cleaned it as I feel it is attractive and perhaps worth restoration but would like to know more about it before I spend money.

Attached are four photos which I hope help. The diameter of the bowl is 315mm


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Apr 17, 2011
by: peter

The mark looks like a European or Japanese mark, but not Chinese. Unfortunately, it is too small to read.
The decoration is a bit more difficult. It faintly has a Japanese appearance, but upon close examination of details it could also be European.
All in all I would say this is an item from the second half of the 20th century, perhaps rather on the later side.
I should mention that this also could be a Chinese imitation of either of the above. They are really good at this.
I don't know if the cost of restoration of this item would be worthwhile as it is at the most vintage, in my view. Fish bowls with decoration painted inside are mostly not antique or very old.

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