PAIR OF FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER LARGE (PUNCH) BOWLS
Rock Strata (Sampan Island) Pattern, England, c1770-80
Painted in underglaze blue with the “Rock Strata” pattern, depicting a riverscape and pagodas on an island, the ground of which is
shown in cross-section revealing the layers of strata in the rock, with a moored sampan to one side; the interiors with a central plant
with sprigs and rim diapering; open crescent marks verso; one of the few Worcester underglaze blue patterns copied exactly
from a Chinese porcelain original, and sometimes referred to as “Island Sampan” pattern
Condition : Excellent for both, with only a minor surface firing flaw close to the rim on one;
each rim slightly out of level (not unusual for early soft paste ceramics)
8-5/8” Diameter x 3-1/2” High
Punch was a very popular drink in early 18th century Great Britain, prior to the popularity of wine.
The word "punch "is said to have derived from the Hindu word "panch", for five. It was introduced in
the mid 17th century, and consisted of five ingredients - basically being sweet, sour, bitter, weak, and alcoholic
There were several recipes - some involving tea or milk. The most usual combination included
water, sugar, limes, lemons or oranges, spices and spirits. It could be served warmed or chilled.
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See Also :
Liverpool Bowls in the Rock Strata Pattern
Pennington & Part, c1780-95
Additional British Ceramics :
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Pair of First Period Worcester Large Bowls, Rock Strata (Sampan Island) Pattern, England, c1770-80