An extremely fine Chinese export porcelain 15″ punch bowl of impressive size and rare decoration painted in famille rose enamels around the exterior with a lyrical procession of finely detailed lotus blossoms and leaves with exotic birds flying amongst them, the interior with a scrolling chrysanthemum border on a famille noire ground with reserves of peony branches, the bottom centered with an exuberant basket of flowers. The beautifully spaced large scale lotus are shown off to perfection against the white porcelain ground. In addition to having this rare decoration, and it’s impressive size, this bowl was in the collection of Elinor Gordon and featured in one of her publications. Small hairline to the foot rim and some wear to the interior enamels, otherwise good condition, please contact us for further information. Circa 1740.