The Hongs Bowl
1786 - 1788
Hard-paste porcelain with enamel
150 mm (Height); 370 mm (Diameter)
Place of origin
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Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
This porcelain bowl depicts the trading offices, or hongs, of western merchants along the waterfront in Guangzhou, China. Panoramic scenes cover the entire outer surface of the bowl, including views of the bustling dockside and the balustraded verandahs of the warehouses. Seven flags are shown flying along the edge of the river, including that of the newly independent America, with only 13 stars. Bowls of this type were produced in China as luxury items and exported to the west where they would have been used to hold punch at festive gatherings.
Punchbowl of hard-paste porcelain with enamel decoration depicting the hongs or trading offices of western merchants along the waterfront at Guangzhou (Canton), Jingdezhen, China, 1786 or 1788.
Recorded as being at Nostell Priory in the 1806 probate inventory of Sir Rowland Winn, 6th Baronet (1775-1805) and thence by descent; acquired by the National Trust by private treaty in 2008 with grants from the Royal Oak Foundation (£49,200), the Art Fund (£30,000) and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund (£10,000).
Makers and roles
Chinese School, maker
Ferguson, 2009: Patricia F. Ferguson. “Canton revisited - a ‘Hong’ bowl at Nostell Priory.” Apollo, suppl. Historic Houses and Collections Annual April (2009): pp.18-23.