Bowl, c. 1740

Unknown artist, expand_more

Glazed porcelainexpand_more

Gift of C. Curtis Dunnavanexpand_more  2014.56.2

Not on Viewexpand_more

It took time for distilled alcohols – or spirits - to feature in recreational drinking (as opposed to strictly medicinal uses), but by the 1600s high-proof spirits were ubiquitous throughout Europe and her colonies. This was largely thanks to increasing long distance sea voyages which spirits withstood, unlike beer and wine. The most sociable way to consume spirits was in punch, where rum or brandy mingled with citrus, sugar, and spices. Imagery on the bowl identifies the former owners as the freemasons, a popular social organization for elite men in the 1700s.

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