Delftware bowl, bluish-white ground, decorated on the exterior with a blue and brown painted Chinese landscape, and on the inside with a white floral vine-like motif and a blue inscription, “Success to the British Arms.” The interior is decorated with bianco sopra bianco, in which part of the decoration of white contrasts with the pale blue tinted glaze. This interior design and the chinoiserie exterior are closely related to a group of punch bowls dated 1755 and illustrated in Lipski and Archer’s Dated English Delftware. We are inclined to attribute this to the Liverpool potteries which used this decoration only on the inside. The renewed wave of enthusiasm for chinoiserie, culminating in the mid 18th century and expressed in furniture by Thomas Chippendale and others, meshed with the aesthetic needs of the rococo period.
The inscription SUCCESS TO THE BRITISH ARMS refers to the Seven Years War, ending in 1763, between England and Portugal on one side, and France and Spain on the other. Known in America as the “French and Indian War,” the conflict ended with Spain ceding Florida to England and France ceding the whole of Canada, Cape Breton and Newfoundland, as well as all of Illinois east of the Mississippi. England emerged the only strong European presence in North America.