The present bowl is notable for its unusual divergence from 18th century conventions of symmetry. Rather than being circular and having twin opposing handles, the vessel has been carved into a more original yet graceful and well-proportioned form.
Compare the present bowl with two more conventionally shaped peach and bat bowls with very similar carving, one from the Hartman Collection illustrated by R. Kleiner, op. cit., no. 92 and another sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18 May 1988, lot 543.
The imagery of the design is highly auspicious, as the peach is traditionally symbolic of immortality whilst the five bats, wufu are a homonym for the Five Blessings (old age, wealth, health, love of virtue and peaceful death).