Dating: c.1745-1765 (Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period)
Dimensions (cm): 24,6 x Ø 52,1
Inv. no.: PD0088
A large punch bowl – which set includes a plate – made of white porcelain with a faintly blueish tone. On the well, one may see an exquisite medallion with leaves and lotus flowers sprouting from water. On the exterior wall, three large portions containing floral decorations stand out, flanked by large lotus petals. The well of the plate is also decorated with a lotus corollas and petals.
The paintwork in the punch bowl and in the plate suggests they are “famille-rose” objects. In the Topkapi Saray Museum in Istanbul (Turkey), three identical punch bowls and a platter were dated from circa 1745-1765.
Punch bowls were used to serve punch, a popular beverage in the 18th century. Punch was often made with an alcoholic drink, fruit juice and a sweetener. It could be served either hot or cold.