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Gallison Hall: The James F. Scott Collection

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A rare Chinese export armorial documentary punch bowl, circa 1795
painted on one side with the arms of the Friendly Society of Caulkers, and inscribed with the mottoes VIGUEUR, VERITE, CONCORDE, DEPECHE and MAIN ET COEUR, two caulkers flanking the central arms and standing on pedestals, one pedestal inscribed 'Friendly Society of CAULRERS' and the other inscribed 'Instituted October 3, 1794', the other side with a gilt monogram JEL
diameter 11 3/8 in.; 28.9 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, January 27, 1988, lot 470

Literature

David Sanctuary Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, Chippenham, 2003, p. 649, W12

Catalogue Note

In the entry for the arms of the present bowl, David Howard, op. cit. p. 649, mentions that 'there are no arms recorded for a Caulkers' Company, and the Friendly Society of Caulkers probably fulfilled many of the functions of a Company'. Another variation of the arms exists, possibly made for the Master of the Society, and a mug with those arms from the Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen Jr Collection was sold at Christie's New York, January 24, 2012, lot 11.

Gallison Hall: The James F. Scott Collection

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New York