• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2287

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver & Chinese Export

    21 - 25 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 473

    A "SAUNEY'S MISTAKE" BOWL

    CIRCA 1785

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    A "SAUNEY'S MISTAKE" BOWL
    CIRCA 1785
    One side with the grimacing Scotsman seated on his privy, the motto of Scotland (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT) inscribed next to his head, a plaque beside him reading O Sawnoy why leavst thou thy Nelly to moan, the back inscribed in black with the poem SAUNEYS MISTAKE, both panels within border of fruiting and flowering vine, floral sprays on each side and in the center, a wheat husk border inside the rim
    11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) diameter


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    The poem reads: When first to the South sly Sauney came forth He was shewn to a place quite unknown in the North That he is mistaken you soon will explore Yet he scratches and s_s as no man did before. The design of this bowl is taken from a vulgar anti-Jacobite print originally published in 1745 at the time of the unsuccessful Scottish invasion under "Bonnie Prince Charlie." In 1783, this print was reissued in slightly different version in response to the "Gordon Riots" in which a Scottish peer, Lord George Gordon, led a mob on the Houses of Parliament to demand the repeal of the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. The publication details of this print are inscribed under the poem on the back of this bowl. For other examples, see D. Howard, A Tale of Three Cities: Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong, 1997, no. 148; Hervouët & Bruneau, La Porcelaine des compagnies des Indes a décor occidental, 1986, no. 9.45; and M. Beurdeley, Chinese Trade Porcelain, 1962, fig. 70.