7 April 1997
AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARY FAMILLE ROSE PUNCHBOWL
Finely enamelled at the centre of the interior with Neptune and his consort, Amphitrite, entwined in billowing drapery on a large shell-shaped carriage drawn by a pair of rearing horses with the tails of fish, amidst waves, fish and mermaids, below an elaborate leafy scroll linking six sea shells at the rim, the exterior with three images of a sailing ship, each with a different number of sails extended beneath three captions within ribbons, 'Ship Latham bound to Bombay & China', 'Ship Latham at Whampoa' and 'Ship Latham towards Old England', all on a continuous choppy sea and divided by large whales
15¼in. (38.5cm.) diam.
R. Harvey; sold Sotheby's London, 29 March 1946
Mrs. Edward F. Hutton; sold Sotheby's New York, 7 June 1972, lot 129
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G. Godden, Oriental Export Market Porcelain, 1979, p.238, fig.161 François et Nicole Hervouët and Yves Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes, Paris, 1986, figs.2.18 a,b,c.
See D. S. Howard, op.cit., p.264 for a slightly later punchbowl with similar views of the 'Latham' bearing the arms of its captain, James Moffat, who was a director of the East India Company; this later punchbowl is also illustrated by G. A. Godden, ibid., p.238, fig.160.
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