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Punch bowl


Punch bowl of porcelain, painted on exterior in overglaze famille rose enamels with a grimacing Scotsman seated in a latrine with his legs thrust down two holes in the board and his sword beside him, based on an anti-Jacobite print by Robert Dighton, 'Sauney's Mistake', made for export: China, 1783-1785

Museum reference



World Culture

Object name

Punch bowl

Production information

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China, East Asia


1783 - 1785



Physical description



Depicted: Sawney Beane
Rebellion: Jacobite Rebellion
Scotland, Northern Europe


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For a similar piece in the British Museum (Franks.744.+), see Lu Zhangshen, ed., Passion for Porcelain: Masterpieces of Ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum (Book Series for the National Museum of China International Exchange, 2012), no. 33. Another example exists in the Espirito Santo collection, Lisbon, Portugal (Beurdeley, 1962, no. 70) and the bowl is known with a different rim border (Bonhams London, 8th December 1993, lot 72).

Published in François et Nicole Hervouët and Bruneau Yves, 1986. La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental. Fammarion, France, No.9.45.

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