Punch bowl and stand
Made at the Meissen factory
Porcelain, painted and gilded, gilt-bronze mounts
Museum no. C.37&A-1960
Punch became popular in Britain during the early 17th century. It demonstrated support for British interests in the sugar, spice and wine trades of the West and East Indies. Punch was served in a large bowl and was ideal for convivial drinking (as depicted on this example). Notoriously potent, the ingredients were mixed in a formula of 1 part sour (lemon and nutmeg), 2 parts sweet (sugar), 3 parts strong (rum) and 4 parts weak (water).