Wealthy Virginians were known to celebrate special occasions with punch, a festive drink commonly made from a mixture of spirits, lemon or lime juice, sugar, nutmeg, and other spices. Its presentation was enhanced by the often eye-catching punch bowls from which it was served. This bowl was likely brought to Mount Vernon by Martha Washington from her first marriage. Its enormous reserve can hold up to five gallons of drink, and the vessel undoubtedly served as the visual and social centerpiece for many gatherings at Mount Vernon.


Circular porcelain bowl decorated with FAMILLE ROSE over glaze enamels on a high foot rim. The well is decorated in a mirrored "tobacco-leaf" pattern, characterized by large-scale, overlapping leaves asymmetrically arranged among small bouquets and large pink peonies. The exterior walls are similarly decorated with tobacco leaves, large-scale peonies, and eight-petaled flowers with small scale flower buds interspersed over the white ground. The foot rim has regularly placed pink blossoms along its exterior face.


c. 1750- 1757



Porcelain (hard-paste), enamel, gilt


Overall: 5 11/16 in. x 14 7/16 in. x 14 7/16 in. (14.45 cm x 36.68 cm x 36.68 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Ella Mackubin, 1956

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Colors (Beta)

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