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Punch Bowl

A work made of porcelain, enamel, and gilding.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of porcelain, enamel, and gilding.


c. 1769


China, Qianlong reign
Chinese, made for the American market

About this artwork

This bowl displays portraits copied from a broadside printed in London in June 1768. The portraits depict the Englishmen John Wilkes (left), an outspoken advocate of political reform and American liberty, and Lord Mansfield (right), who tried to silence Wilkes with charges of libel. Satirical coats of arms surround their portraits. Wilkes is flanked by his close associates and defenders, while Lord Mansfield appears with George III and the devil by his side. American colonists viewed Wilkes as a symbol of liberty and free speech.


On View, Gallery 166


Arts of the Americas


Chinese export porcelain


Punch Bowl


China (Object made in)

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c. 1769


Porcelain, enamel, and gilding


11.1 × 26.4 cm (4 3/8 × 10 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frederick S. Colburn

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