ENGLISH DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PUNCH BOWL, PROBABLY LIVERPOOL, 1750-60.Est. $1,200-$1,500
Sold: $840 ($700)
Depicting on the exterior an island with small pavilion, trees and flowering plants, and figures sailing two sampans before distant mountains, inscribed in fancy script on the interior “This One Bowl and Then” within squiggle flourishes. Diameter 10 ⅞ inches.
Literature: A bowl described as probably Liverpool, of identical shape and glaze color, and with nearly identical script lettering and flourishes, is discussed and illustrated in Michael Archer, “Delftware: The Tin-Glazed Earthenware of the British Isles,” p. 300, n. F.30. The trees composed of horizontal lines, and the bushes formed as groups of dots are also very similar in execution.