The design on this Masonic bowl is based on examples of porcelain bowls made in Jingdezhen, China for the Western market. The original is dated 1775-1800 and is now on display at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon.
The center of the bowl features a gilded husk chain on a blue band containing a blazing star inscribed with a gilded “G” and flanked by pillars on a checkered pavement. A stalk of wheat is placed atop the central reserve. Around the interior sides of the bowl are four symbols; the Sun, the Moon, seven stars, and clouds representing darkness.
The exterior sides of the bowl are decorated with four scenes: a Bible enclosed by a square and compasses flanked by beehives; symbols of a stonemason’s work including a trestle board with ink pot, feather brush, and compasses, rough ashlar with a frame saw and lube pots, and a perfect ashlar with a lewis or lifting ring; intertwined drafting tools including a protractor, hinged marking gauge, and parallel ruler; intertwined tools including a plumb and a level.
The porcelain bowl is 7” in diameter and 3 ½” tall. Presented in a dark blue, satin-lined gift box with an enclosure featuring information about Masonry and the bowl itself.
Hand-decorated in Virginia.