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Catalog Number R1967.1.360
Object Name Bowl, Punch
Description Punch bowl decorated in famille rose enamels and gold with central scene of a peasant girl bidding her sailor lad farewell, a similar couple greeting one another on the reverse, flanked on one side by a merchantman flying the Union Jack and on the other by a floral spray, single band at the foot, two bands on the interior edge, and a floral spray at the center; repaired with metal rim and staples.

The central scenes are well known on export ware and are often found separately on plates and saucers. The most popular treatment, however, was the one whown here, with complementary depictions of the Sailor's Farewell and the Sailor's Return. Illustrating a stock design with few variations, each bowl exhibits a ship's flag that denotes the market for which it was made.

The Chinese artists never grasped the significance of the two scenes as the ship is nearly always shown under full sail, and the sailor appears to arrive ashore too soon or take his leave too late.
Year Range from 1765
Year Range to 1775
Material Hard-Paste Porcelain
Place of Origin Made in Jingdezhen, Decorated in Guangzhou (Canton), 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