For National Punch Day (OK, a day late--too much punch?), we bring you this amazing Chinese porcelain punchbowl from the collection. It belonged to George and Martha Washington. Tudor Place founders Thomas and Martha Peter acquired it at the 1802 sale of Martha Washington's estate. The bowl was made in Jingdezhen, China, for export between 1765 and 1775. 👀Notice👀 the bowl's split personality: The interior features a scene of a fox hunt--likely taken from an English print source, while the exterior features traditional scenes of rice cultivation and harvesting.
Britannia, Thomas and Martha Peter's daughter, recalled: "When balls were given at “Tudor” by Father and Mother the large “Mount Vernon” punch bowl was used for the apple toddy. The red-streaked apples were toasted before the fire and then the fine old French brandy was poured over them and allowed to brew—lastly, the sugar and other ingredients were put in. This bowl was very popular among the gentlemen, and on one occasion a Representative in Congress whose name I will not give)—being one of the guests and hearing that apple toddy was being served from a “Mount Vernon” bowl—imbibed so freely using the association connected with the bowl for an excuse, that his brain was more fuddled when he left than when he arrived." #nationalpunchday #punchbowl #Chineseporcelain #tudorplace #georgetowndc #dcmuseum #historicrecipes