It is extremely rare to find carved celadon-glazed fish bowls of this decoration. Cf. one other sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 1 May 2001, lot 526.
The form and near identical decoration were most certainly inspired by the examples decorated in copper-red and underglaze-blue from the same period, such as the fish bowl from the Qing court collection illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press Hong Kong, 2000, pl. 190. Other examples include one illustrated by Anthony du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Phaidon-Christie's, Oxford, 1984, p. 208, fig. 2; and another sold in these Rooms, 26 April 2004, lot 1015.
Compare also to another example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, of similar composition, with a prominent underglaze-red dragon above crested enamelled waves and underglaze-blue rock, illustrated in Qing Porcelain of Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong Periods from the Palace Museum Collection, Forbidden City Publishing House and Woods Publishing Co., Hong Kong, 1989, p. 43, no. 26; and again in Zhongguo Wenwu Jinghua Da Cidian, pl. 420, fig. 860.
It is interesting to compare the present example to a later Yongzheng celadon fish bowl from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press Hong Kong, 1999, no. 135. The shapes vary slightly, as do the dragon designs, the Yongzheng example is crisply moulded, and not incised.