A punch bowl, Yongzheng, circa 1735.

Decorated on one side with a view of the South Front of Burghley House, en grisaille, the reverse with the arms of Cecil, 8th Earl of Exeter and two delicately painted sprays of peony and birds in famille rose enamels, the rim decorated in iron red and gilding with a band of spearheads, the interior of the bowl painted in the centre with an arrangement of objects including a bronze vase containing flowers, a bowl of auspicious fruit and utensils for the scholar’s table, the rim with a narrow band of honeycomb diaper interrupted by four cartouches enclosing scrolls, or ruyi sceptres, 29.5cm.



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