Rare and important Chinese export famille rose punch bowl, the exterior a continuous scene depicting the hongs of Canton, c.1785.
The “hongs” were Western-style buildings situated along a stretch of the Pearl River in Canton and used for trade (which included Chinese porcelain wares) with foreigners sailing in from Europe and elsewhere. This scene was featured in a wide array of other two-dimensional media by both Chinese and western artists, often to give others a glimpse into this exotic and iconic landmark, but it’s a relatively scarce decoration on porcelain. Several variations of the scene are also known, and a bowl identical to this one resides in the British Museum.
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