Description & Technical information

European Market
from the Golden Gate Collection

Price:  £12,000

A Chinese export porcelain punchbowl brightly enamelled in famille rose with an unusual hunting scene on the exterior, including a man standing on a cow.

This is a fine example of this type of bowl. The scene is derived from Hunting scenes much reproduced on Chinese porcelain. These were originally copied carefully from Euroean prints after artists, such as James Seymour and Thomas Burford. But their popularity meant that they were repeatedly copied and altered by the Chinese artists and other elements added, which were misunderstood. Hence the elephant added here in the centre and the charmingly surreal image of a man standing on a cow which seems to have collapsed under his weight.

References: Howard 1994, p167, a milk jug with a similar elephant painted on it.

This item is currently located in the USA and may be subject to additional shipping and import charges if shipped outside the USA. However, this also means it is NOT subject to any tariffs on Chinese-made goods entering the USA.

Date:  circa 1770
Period:  Qianlong period
Origin:  China
Medium: Porcelain famille rose
Dimensions: 29 cm (11³/₈ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art