Porcelain punchbowl

This porcelain punchbowl was made in Canton, China for export to Europe in the early 1700s.  The decoration shows a popular theme of English propaganda circulated during the 1745 Rebellion.   The cartoon depicts a Highlander in an unfavourable predicament.  It is thought to cruelly mock the third Earl of Bute, a Scotsman who eventually became Prime Minister.  The verse on the other side reads:   'Sauney's Mistake' When first to the South Sly Sauney came forth He was shewn to a place quite unknown in the North That he is mistaken you soon will explore Yet he scratches and s---s as no man did before
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diameter 290mm
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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