Rare Antiquity Returns To Chester

A UNIQUE PIECE of Chester’s heritage has gone on display at the Grosvenor Museum.

Clive Pointon of the Tyrer Trust and Councillor Stuart Parker with the Cholmondeley Bowl. Photograph courtesy of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Clive Pointon of the Tyrer Trust and Councillor Stuart Parker with the Cholmondeley Bowl. Photograph courtesy of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

An extremely rare 18th-century punch bowl has been placed on long-term loan to the museum by Chester-based trust, the Tyrer Charitable Trust.

The massive porcelain punch bowl, also known as the Cholmondeley Bowl, named after the family for whom it was made, is one of only a tiny number that were made in the Chinese city of Canton, or as it is now known, Guangzhou.

The bowl, made for Thomas Cholmondeley (1767 – 1855), the exterior features the Cholmondeley family’s coat of arms, the monogram of Thomas Cholmondeley, and is inscribed ‘Prosperity to the county of Cheshire’, and ‘Success to the Plough and Sail’. The interior features a 9-tier Chinese pagoda and landscape.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “I am enormously grateful to the Tyrer Charitable Trust for the loan of the Cholmondeley Bowl. It makes a splendid contribution to the displays in the Georgian Drawing Room at the Grosvenor Museum, where it is shown alongside fine furniture and paintings from this elegant era.”

Clive Pointon, Chairman of the Tyrer Charitable Trust, said: “As a Chester-based trust, we are delighted to have been able to help our local museum. It is extremely pleasing that this unique piece of Cheshire’s heritage can now been seen and enjoyed by everyone.”

The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5pm, and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, admission is free.

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