An Extraordinary Massive Chinese Punch Bowl

An Extraordinary Massive Chinese Punch Bowl

Shanghai, Late 19th Century
Maker DA JI  大吉 [cantonese TAI KUT]
Retailer’s mark of Luen Wo

Weight: 186 oz 5 dwt, 5797 g, 
Diameter:  41.25 cm, 16.25 in
Length over handles: 54 cm,  21.26 in

This fabulous piece is raised on four cast dragon feet, the bowl embossed and chased with six cloud dragons on stippled matted background amongst a cloud ridden sky. One dragon breathing water to create fog. The cast handles formed as whole dragons rersting on their bifurcated tails.
The bowl hallmarked underneath with Shanghai, Luen Wo, the artisan chopmark and quality mark 90.

DA JI  大吉 [cantonese TAI KUT];
Da Ji was by far the most prolific workshop that supplied Luen Wo, they also supplied Wang Hing and six other Canton or Hong Kong-based retailers.

Luen Wo – (Lianhe) (retailer)
Is recorded as being at, Guangzhou in the 1860s and one of the largest and earliest. They were also located at Nanking Road Shanghai from the 1870s -1920s.


Mrs Ancell O. Fearing
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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