A truly elegant Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain flare-rimmed bowl hand-painted in the Chinese taste with decorated with images of koi fish amongst seaweed with a rich gilded grapevine border.  In addition to the koi being portrayed in various elegant poses capturing their movements in water,  they also represent auspicious wishes for wealth, as well as symbolizing tenacity and courage. This remarkable 7″ bowl was obviously treasured for over two centuries as there is only  a short 1/4″ line to the rim sealed, otherwise very fine condition.  Yongzheng period, circa 1730.