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Chinese famille rose hunting bowl, Qianlong (1736-95), in enamels and gilt with a main cartouche containing a hunting scene, with several European riders surrounded by hunting dogs in a woodland landscape with a country house visible through the trees; to the reverse a smaller cartouche with scrolling gilt borders containing three Chinese figures reposing on a balcony with a small dog, two smaller cartouches containing iron red vignettes, all against an interlocking iron red and gilt ground; the interior of the bowl with a central roundel containing another European hunting scene, with a border of alternating floral cartouches and iron red vignettes among stylised scrolling leaf pattern, the rim with a band of scrolling leaves, diaper pattern, chrysanthemum heads and butterflies.
Punch bowls were popular items for export to England in particular, where punch, made from gin, citrus fruit and imported spices, was drunk by the middle and upper-classes of the eighteenth century. By the 1760s, the dense ornamentation, bold colour palette and ornate gilding of the so-called ‘mandarin’ style had become very popular. The mandarin style consequently became a key visual source for European ceramic manufacturers. Sporting subjects, as seen here, used Western prints as a model and were particularly popular in the latter half of the 18th century in England and America. Bowls such as this were probably used to serve punch after a day of hunting.