Punch bowl

Object Number: 
ca. 1795
Overall: 5 x 11 1/2 in. ( 12.7 x 29.2 cm )
Gallery Label: 

This Chinese export porcelain punch bowl belonged to Chancellor Robert R. Livingston. It is decorated with Masonic symbols, including a sun, moon, beehive, square and compass, and scythe. The bowl may have been presented to the Chancellor by his fellow Freemasons around 1795, on his fiftieth birthday. Robert R. Livingston served as grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of New York from 1784 to 1801, and oversaw the founding of eighty-three new lodges across New York State. When he administered the oath of office to President George Washington in 1789, Livingston used a Masonic pillow, further cementing the relationship between the ancient fraternal order and the growing American Republic.

Credit Line: 
Gift of Samuel V. Hoffman
Place Made: 
Asia, China
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group