Large 18th Century Chinese Porcelain Punch Bowl, Hunt Bowl Made Circa 1770
The Chinese hunt bowl at its finest!
Made in the Qianlong period, circa 1770, this exquisite hand-painted Chinese export bowl shows Western figures riding to the hunt in a lush green landscape.
The bowl captures the viewer’s eyes with its rich colors and cheerful themes.
There are two main scenes painted around the bowl: “The Meet,” which shows the assembly of the riders (see images #1 and #2), and “Full Cry,” which shows the riders at full gallop in pursuit of the fox (see image #3*).
In the well of the bowl, we see the huntsman “Walking Hounds.” He is walking out the pack of hounds on a day when they don’t go hunting (see image #5)
Dimensions: 16″ diameter x 6.5″ tall
The bowl is painted in Famille Rose over-the-glaze enamels.
The intense and beautiful color palette and rich decoration are hallmarks of Chinese export hunt bowls of the 18th century.
The shape of the bowl is traditional: raised on a short foot with steep sides.
The inner rim of the bowl is further decorated with a coin pattern above a band of floral and fruit decoration.
Bowls like this were used to serve punch after a day of hunting.
A similar hunt bowl can be found in the collection of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.