The Sydney Punchbowl
Price: 35.00 AUD
Sydney: Hordern House, 2013. 135pp, 225 x 155mm, Case bound hardcover with dust jacket, colour illustrations. Hordern House is delighted to publish this new work by Elizabeth Ellis OAM, investigating the milieu and the mysteries of the magnificent "Sydney Punchbowl", one of the most fascinating treasures of the Mitchell Library collection of the State Library of New South Wales, a fine and large porcelain bowl manufactured in China as export ware about 1820. The Punchbowl is decorated with a hand-painted panoramic scene of Sydney Cove around the outside and a group of Aboriginal figures as the inner centre-piece, and finished with exquisite Chinese-style floral and gilded bandings. As Elizabeth's essay makes clear, the Punchbowl and its intriguing history deserves to be better known, which is why Hordern House is also issuing a deluxe limited edition replica, hand-crafted by Chinese craftsmen in Jingdezhen, China, usually known as the 'porcelain city'. This book also includes a brief essay on the making of the replica, and of course the State Library's website also hosts a dedicated album of photographs of the original Punchbowl.