Previously on loan to the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, this unusually large Jiaqing (1796-1820) period export porcelain punch bowl decorated with the Cholmondeley of Vale Royal coat of arms sold for £43,000 at nearby Saltney saleroom Byrne’s this week.
Thomas Cholmondeley (1767-1855), second cousin to William Pitt
the Younger, continued a long family tradition of participating in
political life when he was elected as Member of Parliament for
Cheshire in 1796, having also served as High Sheriff for the county
Although it is uncertain who commissioned this piece to
commemorate his election, they certainly wished Thomas Cholmondeley
and his family well, for the mottoes Prosperity to the
County of Cheshire and Success to the Plough and the
Sail to the sides, as well as the Chinese symbolism of
the pagoda landscape to the interior, were very pertinent to the
landowning family at that time.
Above: the base of the Jiaqing-period export bowl.
Measuring an impressive 21in (53cm) diameter, and surviving in
excellent condition, the bowl belongs to a small group of bowls of
unusually large size marked in script to the base Canton
Syngchong (this example also dated Fecit 1797).
Although little appears to be known about Syngchong, in his
journals Major Samuel Shaw, the first American consul to Canton in
1786, refers to him as "the principal porcelain merchant of
The estimate was £25,000-35,000 at the sale on June 12. The
successful UK private buyer wished to remain anonymous.
The buyer's premium was 21%