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On View Chinese Export Art Gallery, level 2

Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Punch bowl, about 1783
  • Porcelain
  • Jingdezhen, China
  • H: 6 in, dia.: 14 1/2 in (H: 15.2 cm, dia.: 36.8 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1933
  • E62498


A small sticker on the bottom, written by hand, reads: "Fine old Oriental/Lowestoft Bocol, paint-/ed with a river scene/& view of The Legation/at Canton. (14" diameter)/1736/96"


Punch bowl depicting a continuous scene of the Hongs at Canton, decorated in polychorme enamels. This bowl is one of many variations depicting the European 'hongs' or 'Factories' (literally warehouses where factoring was done) on the waterfront at Canton. It shows the thirteen such hongs and towards the right the British hong with its long verandah stretching towards the waterfront. On the verandah and in other buildings are European merchants, and before each hong is its national flag, including (from right to left) Holland, Britain, Sweden, France (before the Republic), Brazil and Denmark.