SOLD! for $4,320.00.
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A Chinese Export porcelain punch bowl with enameled decoration, including portraits of John Wilkes (1727- 1797) and Lord Mansfield, both within satirical coats of arms bearing the mottos ALWAYS READY IN A GOOD CAUSE and JUSTINE SANS PITIE with the title ARMS OF LIBERTY above the portrait of John Wilkes, who was a proponent of American rights. Sides and interior with additional decoration including floral sprays and patterned border. Base with Cohen & Cohen dealer label. 4 1/2" H x 10" dia. Circa 1770-1775. Note: Examples of this porcelain punch bowl were made and decorated in China around 1770 for export to Britain and its American colonies. The design on the exterior of the bowl was intended to poke fun at those who had opposed the English politician John Wilkes (1727-97), a proponent of English civil liberties, parliamentary reform, and American rights. Wilkes was elected to the House of Commons several times, but was repeatedly expelled for attacking King George III and his loyalists. American patriots, including Boston's Sons of Liberty, rallied to the cry of "Wilkes and Liberty!" and incorporated his name and likeness into broadsides, drinking bowls, cuff links, and other items (Courtesy of Museum of the American Revolution).
PROVENANCE: Private Nashville, Tennessee estate.
CONDITION: Bowl in overall good condition with no chips or cracks. Examination under UV light reveals areas to exterior and interior that fluoresce, however, the glaze color and texture appears to be continuous throughout (please review UV photo). Some wear to enameled decoration.