Offered for sale is a mid-19th C KPM hand painted porcelain punch bowl. This footed bowl is intricately made and intricately painted. On the exterior, the bowl has a 1 1/4” border with a gold stripe immediately below its rim and an impressed “woven fence” encircling it just below the gilt. Painted over the fence are twelve evenly spaced flower sprigs with pink, purple, yellow, blue and red flowers each attached to green vines and leaves. This is mimicked by six flower sprigs, vines and leaves evenly spaced around its perimeter just above another gilt stripe on its footed base. The exterior of the bowl is smooth from below the border to its base. On the exterior are two large motifs, one center front and the other center back. One motif is of a family scene: Father is holding a young daughter, his wife to his right, his young son to the right of his wife and an older daughter to the right of their son. They are all standing outside a fence on a plot of ground with their dog scampering off to the left. They are standing outside a fence beyond which is a prosperous looking two story house with windows and a straw or thatched roof visible. Between the fence and house is a row of young trees or shrubs. A bull can be seen in back of the father and his wife. It’s obviously a bull because his horns seem to be growing from either side of the father’s head. To the right of the bull is a female servant, and on the far right is an aged tree trunk with just a few sparse branches growing from its damaged trunk. A line of higher trees serves as a backdrop to this quiet scene. The bewigged husband, the wife and the three children are beautifully dressed, the husband in a white wig, a long blue coat over an outfit with a pair of red breeches and long grey stockings or leather riding boots. The dark-haired daughter in his arms is wearing a white and pale purple dress. His wife has a long pale purple lace covering over her dark hair and flowing down over her shoulders. Her dress, which looks to be a traveling outfit, is a vibrant purple/pink covered by a yellow overskirt, and she has one high-heeled shoe peeking out from her voluminous skirt. She is holding a raised fan in one hand and a purse against her over-skirt in the other. The young son is wearing a long red coat, possibly a riding coat, over a yellow shirt and trousers. He is wearing short pants over long stockings, or possibly boots, as well, and he has a pole, possibly a butterfly net, trapped between his legs. His older sister, dressed much like her mother, appears to be handing her brother a much shorter butterfly net. It appears that the family is wishing the father good-travels as he prepares for a trip based on the scene opposite. The second scene is of a group of men all of whom seem to be partying in one way or another. All are wearing wigs and dressed for travel or the out-of-doors in long coats over sumptuous outfits of varying colors. It seems that evening is approaching because one of the men is preparing to light a lamp on the left side of this scene. There is gambling, two men with croquet sticks in the background, pipe smoking and general merriment throughout. The men are in a garden setting, outlined right and left by a sumptuous fence. A dog climbs up the legs of one of the gamblers. A manor house atop a high hill, and lots of greenery, can be seen behind the partiers. And separating these two scenes are two multi-colored flower, leaf and vine motifs. This bowl has an early KPM segmented underglaze blue line mark on its base dating it to about 1850. Its interior is not decorated, though there is a short 1/2” deep unglazed area on its inner rim. This area may have been left unglazed to accommodate hooks for cups, or the bowl may have had a cover at some time in its life. The bowl is in wonderful condition for its age. The exterior gilt stripe along its rim shows some signs of wear from use, but overall the bowl is in wonderful condition for its age with very little wear from use.
Size 9 7/8” W Dia at rim
5 1/8” W Dia at base
5 1/4” H
KPM Porcelain Punch Bowl Ca. 1850’s
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