London, South Kensington
28 November 1996
A large famille rose punch bowl
painted and gilt with scrolling cartouches officials and attendants on horseback and holding banners in conversation with European figures among pine and rockwork, the reverse panel with figures on a terrace and female musicians among pine watching a figure holding a female Immortal aloft, the panels interspersed with smaller cartouches depicting Budai with European figures below a dragon and two further with a tiger, all on gilt grounds painted with scrolling lotus and flowerheads, the interior with Budai and two boys -- 15¾.in (40cm) diam, 18th Century, (chipr restored to rim, cracks).
See Colour Plate 34.
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