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George Washington Porcelain Masonic Bowl

George Washington Porcelain Masonic Bowl

Price: $98.00

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.

 

Item # 19800
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