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Punch Bowl

A work made of hard-paste porcelain, glaze, enamels in colors, gilding.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hard-paste porcelain, glaze, enamels in colors, gilding.


c. 1789


China, Jiaqing reign
Chinese, made for the American market

About this artwork

Chinese officials limited all international trading to the city of Canton, and segregated foreigners within a 15-acre area. Decorated in grisaille, or monochrome, the exterior of this punch bowl shows the 13 trade buildings, known as hongs (foreign factories), that lined this restricted area. Each building was associated with a particular country, and they doubled as counting houses and living quarters, where agents resided during the fall trading season. In this view of the hongs, the American factory lies between those of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, suggesting that this was an early rendering, made before the United States permanently established its factory next to Sweden’s.


On View, Gallery 166


Arts of the Americas


Chinese export porcelain


Punch Bowl


China (Object made in)

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c. 1789


Hard-paste porcelain, glaze, enamels in colors, gilding


15 × 36.3 × 25.8 cm (5 15/16 × 14 5/16 × 10 3/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society

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