Punch bowl

Chinese, for British market

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

This punchbowl, which was produced for export to England, is decorated with four scenes of musicians playing their instruments. The larger scenes depict European musicians while the smaller ones on the sides show Chinese musicians in concert. A print by an anonymous British artist served as the source for the painted scene on the bowl's front. Elaborate gilding and small vignettes of Chinese landscapes enhance the punchbowl's ambitious decorative scheme.

Punch bowl, Hard-paste porcelain, Chinese, for British market

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