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Catalog Number R1967.1.123
Object Name Bowl, Punch
Description Punch bowl decorated en grisaille and in gold, with three separate scenes, each within an oval medallion and flanked by floral sprays, spearheads on the interior rim and a single floral spray at the center.

The Resurrection scene, which curiously includes three small figures on the far horizon dressed in the manner of Dutch sailors, is after an engraving by Jan Luyken (1649-1712). The depiction of the young fisherman copies an engraving by Cornelis Bloemaert (1566-1651). The third scene, after an unidentified print, portrays Neptune rising from the waves in horses, as Venus approaches on a cloud.

While all these scenes are well known on export ware, they have not been documented previously in this combination. As Howard and Ayers note, the juxtaposition of these illustrations suggest that they result from "the random use of European originals by the Chinese painters."
Year Range from 1745
Year Range to 1755
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, China
Collection The Reeves Center
Credit line Mr. and Mrs. Euchlin D. Reeves Collection in memory of Mrs. Chester Green Reeves and Miss Lizzie H. Dyer
On View No