Jingdezhen [Jiangxi Province, China]
Punch bowl 1750-70
Porcelain painted in famille rose enamels and gilt | RCIN 26786
A Chinese porcelain punch bowl painted in famille rose enamels and gilt. With rounded, spreading sides, painted on one side in a ground of black-and-gold hexagonal diaper within a panel framed in gilt scrollwork with figures on a garden terrace, a man, ladies and children round a table, and a group round a table with a lotus in a vase (which forms a rebus: lotus = he and vase = ping, thus reading heping, or ‘peace’). On the reverse are shaped cameos with birds on branches and goats on a riverbank. Inside, in the centre, are flower sprays, and round the rim, a spearhead border.
Text adapted from Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen: Volume II (forthcoming).
ProvenanceRecorded in the 1978 Holyrood Inventory as no. 47
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