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On View Evelyn F. Bartlett Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Punch bowl, about 1785
  • Porcelain
  • China
  • H: 5 1/2 in, dia.: 16 in (H: 14.0 cm, dia.: 40.6 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Elias Hasket Derby, Jr., 1801
  • E62499

DESCRIPTION

Presented by Pinqua, the hong merchant to the ship's officers before they left Canton. It bore the inscription "Ship Grand Turk at Canton 1786" on two banners above and below a ship painting done in polychrome enamels. The ships design probably came from the engraving of the British ship Hall, which appears as a frontispiece in William Hutchinson's work, Treatise on Practical Seamanship (about naval architecture) published in London in 1777. The same source was used for six other bowls: two made for Commodores Richard Dale and John Barry, one for John Lamb, James Magee and the Empress of China bowl. Of the six known, three have a banner or ribbon with the name of the ship and/or the ship's captain surrounding the ship inside the bowl.