William Hogarth’s satirical engravings were hugely popular in the 18th century, and were mass-produced during his lifetime, but it wasn’t just paper that these work were found on, as this ceramic bowl of Chinese origin demonstrates. The artwork on this piece is inspired by Hogarth's A Midnight Modern Conversation
, an artwork which depicted a group of rowdy, drunken men. The design on the bowl is a satirical comparison between Chinese and European revelries – on the one side sit Hogarth's dishevelled drunks, and on the other, a group of Chinese gentlemen modestly sip wine and share genuine conversation.
Chinese export bowl, featuring Hogarth design
Hogarth and Europe
FSC Certified paper and wood
Original: Ceramic 535 mm KODE / Dag Fosse
William Hogarth (1697 -1764) was an English painter and engraver, renowned for his satirical engravings. Contemporary drama and novels provided Hogarth with inspiration and often explored themes of vanity, corruption, betrayal and death. His engravings and prints were hugely popular and mass-produced in his lifetime, making him one of the most significant English artists of his generation.