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Punch bowl

Origin: England, Liverpool (probably)
H: 3 1/2": D: 9 1/4"
Tin-glazed earthenware (delft)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1972-235
Shallow bowl with high cylindrical foot ring. White tin glaze decorated in blue with a Chinese dragon: its head and neck appear on the interior of the bowl, while its body extends over the rim and around the exterior.
Label:Bowls and dishes decorated with variations of the dragon design see here, which starts on the interior of the bowl and flips over the rim to extend around the exterior, were made in China for many years beginning in the Ming period. English copies vary in both design and material; soft-paste porcelain examples survive as well as those in tin-glazed earthenware.

The Liverpool attribution for this bowl is based on its glaze and shape. An English porcelain bowl made at Worcester and bearing the same ornamentation is owned by Colonial Williamsburg (accession 1953-899).
Provenance:Antiques of Williamsburg, Ltd,,