Chinese Export Porcelain European-subject Punch Bowl,
Sailor's Farewell and Return Bowl with Royal Navy Ship,
The Chinese Export porcelain bowl has two images of a sailor and his wife known as the sailor's farewell and the sailor's return. The farewell depicts the sailor leaving his wife who hugs him as he is about to depart as he points to the Royal Navy Ship with the Blue Ensign just offshore. The sailor's return depicts the sailor depositing watches and coins into his wife's upraised apron. Between the images are large painted flowering branches and the interior with similar painting.
A similar bowl from the Marchant collection sold at Christie's for $10,000.00 on January 18, 2018.
Dimensions: 10 1/4 inches x 4 1/2 inches high
Condition is very good with some fading to the en grisaille sails.
Reference: David S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, (London, 1994), pl. 232, p. 200, for a similar bowl also with the East India Company Flag.
David Howard, China for the West, Volume One, Pl. 192, p.195 for a similar bowl with a Dutch ship.