A fish bowl of this date and pattern, was included in the exhibition, Selected Ceramics from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Hu, Shanghai, 1989, no. 21; and another example of this pattern is illustrated in Ming dai taoci daquan, Taiwan, 1987, p. 317.
The large size of these dragon fish bowls made them particularly difficult to manufacture. See R. L. Hobson, The Wares of the Ming Dynasty, London, 1923, pp. 19 and 110, where it is mentioned that this type of ware required up to nine days firing and that the low rate of success often drove the imperial potters to despair.
A similar fish bowl was sold in our New York Rooms, 21 September 2004, lot 242.