Punch Bowl

A work made of porcelain.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of porcelain.

Date:

c. 1789

Artist:

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 the fan kwae (foreign devils) into a 15-acre area outside of the city wall. 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

American Art, Gallery 166

Artist

Chinese export porcelain

Title

Punch Bowl

Origin

China

Date

1789

Medium

Porcelain

Dimensions

15.2 × 36 cm (6 × 14 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society

Reference Number

1950.3

Extended information about this artwork

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