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A RARE CHINESE EXPORT 'LONDON' PUNCHBOWL
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BENJAMIN F. EDWARDS III (LOTS 419-420)
A RARE CHINESE EXPORT 'LONDON' PUNCHBOWL

CIRCA 1790

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A RARE CHINESE EXPORT 'LONDON' PUNCHBOWL
CIRCA 1790
Enameled in vibrant famille rose colors with two views of London, one side showing the forecourt of the Foundling Hospital and the other with the Grand Walk at the entrance of Vauxhall Gardens, each panel bordered in rococo scrollwork and flanked by large flower sprays in pink, purple and blue, all below a border of gilt grapevine on dark blue enamel, the interior with a large flower spray in the center and narrow borders around the rim in blue, iron-red and gilt
15 in. (38 cm.) diameter
Provenance
R. Thornton Wilson; Christie's, New York, 30 January 1993, lot 73.
Acquired from Cohen and Pearce, London.

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Lot Essay

Two similar punchbowls with the same juxtaposition of London scenes have been sold at Christie's, the first from the Marcussen Collection, sold Christie's, King Street, April 8, 1957, lot 67, illustrated by Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, p. 108 and by Hervouet and Bruneau, op. cit., p. 244 (the Foundling Hospital misidentified as Versailles). A second, nearly identical to the present lot was sold Christie's, King Street, April 22, 1991, lot 144, and is now in the collection of Winterthur, a gift of Leo A. and Doris C. Hodroff. A third example is described by W. Motley in Cohen & Cohen's 2005 catalogue Now & Then, and was purchased by the Foundling Hospital Museum for £55,000.
The Foundling Hospital view is after a print engraved circa 1750-51 for R. Wilkinson, cf. A Catalogue of Maps, Plans and Views of London, Westminster and Southwark, ed. by John Gregory Crace, pp. 353-696. The view of the 'Grand Walk' in Vauxhall Gardens is from a print by Johann Sebastian Muller (1715-85), cf. Rococo Art and Design in Hogarth's England p. 89, possibly after Canaletto, cf. Manners and Morals; Hogarth and British Painting 1700-1760, p. 162. Both destinations were both fashionable pleasure locales for mid-18th century London society, and were closely associated with aristocratic patrons of the day. A similar bowl decorated with the London scenes of Mansion House and Ironmongers Hall, was in the Mottahedeh Collection, illustrated in D.S. Howard & J.S. Ayers, China for the West, pp. 268-269 and sold Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 1985, lot 170 ($19,800).

It has been suggested that these 'London' punchbowls may have been commissioned together for the Lord Mayor or a wealthy Alderman.

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