Compare with a near identical Kangxi copper-red and underglaze-blue decorated fishbowl from the Qing Court collection illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Hong Kong Commercial Press, 2000, pl. 190. Another example is illustrated by Anthony du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Phaidon-Christie's, Oxford, 1984, p. 208, fig. 2.
Compare also to another in the Palace Museum, Beijing, of similar composition, with a prominent underglaze-red dragon above crested enamelled waves and underglaze-blue rocks, illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 43, no. 26; and again in Zhongguo Wenwu Jinghua Da Cidian, p. 420, fig. 860.
Kangxi dragons in this posture with prominent jaws and distinctive features can be found on a number meiping from the period, including a copper-red decorated example in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1996, p. 576; and an underglaze-blue example from the J.M. Hu and Robert Chang collections, illustrated in An Exhibition of Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, Christie's London, 1993, no. 77.
Copper-red decorated fish bowls from this period are more often decorated with carp swimming among water weeds, such as the example illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, The Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1984, no. 11; one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, op. cit., p. 38, fig. 21; one illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics IV, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 54, sold in our New York Rooms, 20 March 1997, lot 93; and the example from the F. Gordon Morrill collection sold at Doyle New York, 16 September 2003, lot 110.