A rather unusual design we have not seen on Chinese export porcelain, this lovely octagonal form 8″ plate is decorated in famille rose enamels and centered with the image of a hermit crab peering out of his adopted home in a conch shell! The border and cavetto painted with another crab, a carp, and some elegantly rendered, feathery seaweed and blossoms. A wonderful composition, almost hinting at a Japanese aesthetic. Beautifully made and decorated. Very good condition. Circa 1740-50.
A very, very rare 15″ Chinese export porcelain punch bowl, decorated in famille rose enamels and depicting an unusual view of a company of European style horsemen riding through a landscape of classic Chinese rock formations and beneath a tree with branches laden with preposterously over-sized blossoms. The sixteen characters are as varied as the colorful mounts they ride as there are officers with swords drawn, a standard bearer, a drummer and trumpeter, as well as a presumed merchant riding nonchalantly along having a smoke! The interior of the bowl as richly decorated, centered with a large floral bouquet at the bottom and rimmed with an elaborate foliate border. It has been suggested that this design represents the Dutch Embassy sent to China in the 1660s, and as the bowl stylistically dates more to the 1750s, that the piece was made to mark the centennial of that mission. Fully illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, Vol. I, pages 321-233. Restoration to a small part of the foot rim, otherwise good condition and a remarkable and rare bit of history of the China Trade. Circa 1755.
A truly beautiful Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teapot decorated with famille rose enamels with the level of mastery and sophistication that exemplifies this period. Deftly painted with a bird upon a branch pondering a butterfly (almost as large as he is) amongst a profusion of flowers and foliage. This charming vignette is repeated on both sides of the vessel with the leaf-shaped reserves separated by finely detailed scrolling foliate decoration and the cover with floating branches of peony and chrysanthemum. Measuring 4″ x 6 3/4″ and in good condition with the exception of a minor rim frit and small chip to the reverse side of the cover. Circa 1730.
A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain 15″ charger decorated in famille rose enamels with a flowering peony and prunus within a complex, richly enameled rim border of peonies in reserve against a ground of sepia spirals and pink cellwork. Note how the prunus branch goes off the edge and re-enters the space, a lovely elegant design. Very good condition, 15″ in diameter, circa 1745.
A fine and rare couple of Chinese export porcelain figural candleholders fashioned in the form or court ladies each holding a lotus blossom, richly decorated in vibrant famille rose enamels, their lavish flowing robes designed with auspicious bats amongst clouds and peony blossoms against a prunus and cracked ice ground, both ladies with capes of exotic peacock feathers. Figures such as these fed the European mania for all things Chinese and exotic and would have been part of any rich and fashionable interior of the time. Measuring 12″ tall and with restoration to the hands and lotus blossoms of both, as well as some minor re-touch to the edges of one lady’s robes, otherwise in good condition. Mid-18th century.
A very lovely and very usable Chinese export porcelain cachepot and stand decorated in famille rose enamels with colorful Mandarin scenes, the rims with small blossoms and foliage. In very good condition and rare to have one with it’s stand. The cachepot measuring 5 1/8″ in diameter, and 4 1/4″ tall with its stand. Displays an orchid beautifully. Circa 1820.
Another fine example from our collection of Chinese export porcelain in the Rockefeller pattern, this charming oval reticulated stand is centered with a finely rendered Mandarin scene, as well as detailed diapering, landscape and bird vignettes, hand-cut reticulation and the well-known gilded border of foliate scrollwork. A little work of art in itself, measuring 9″ across and in very good condition. Circa 1795.