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Punch Bowl with Masonic Symbols
ca. 1800
Maker not marked
overall: 6-5/8"h x 15-5/8"dia.
Special Acquisitions Fund

Chinese Export Famille Rose punch bowl with Masonic symbols. Interior has gilt and is enamelled in sepia with an elevation of Solomon's Temple below a spearhead band around the rim. Exterior has gilt and enamel in rose and sepia with a pair of cartouches, each depicting a puti sculptor and carpenter at work above leafy rococo scrolls terminating in oval panels enclosing the plan and elevation of a three-tiered building and a beehive. The cartouches are separated by smaller groups of Masonic symbols, paired pilasters, and the plan of a great hall.

For further information, see Hamilton, John D., "Material Culture of the American Freemasons," 1994, p. 208, 215. Also see Masonic Summons issued https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/502

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