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Great 15″ Yongzheng Famille Rose Charger #6045

A very fine Chinese export Yongzheng period porcelain charger of impressive size, measuring 15″ in diameter, and wonderfully decorated in famille rose enamels, centered with a pair of horses in a landscape beneath the feathery branches of a willow tree, the outer border with lavishly enameled flowering branches of peony and chrysanthemum. Beautiful enameling and quality typical of this Yongzheng period. Good condition with only a rim frit and associated line restored, and another very small rim chip filled. 15″ in diameter. Circa 1735.

Fine Pair of CHAPMAN Armorials

A fantastic example of Chinese export special order armorial porcelain made for the English market, these fine plates are from a service bearing the Arms of Chapman quarterly impaling Wood quarterly with Edmundson in pretence. These elaborate and flamboyantly rendered arms with their Latin motto fill the well of the plate within a gilded spearhead cavetto border, the rim decorated with an understated rendering of elegant flowering peony branches in bianco-sopra-bianco. Services such as these were de rigueur status symbols for the English nobility of the 18th century, advertising their wealth and connections. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 411. Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1740.

 

Yongzheng Teabowl & Saucer #6028 Sold

A very finely potted and decorated Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teabowl and saucer, of shaped form, painted in a delicate famille rose palette with images of boaters, fishermen, and water fowl, the water strewn with rose-colored petals. The saucer measuring 5 1/8″ in diameter, the teabowl 3 1/2″, and in very fine condition with an ex-Chait Collection provenance. Fantastic quality as can be expected from this period. Circa 1730.

Very rare Hanging Baskets #6022 Hold

A pair of extremely rare survivors, this pair of beautifully reticulated Chinese export hanging baskets are decorated in soft famille rose enamels and gilding and still have their original reticulated porcelain hanging chains and yokes! A true tour-de-force of the potter’s craft, these Qianlong period baskets remain in remarkably good condition with only one of the gilded hooks restored and one of the chain links made-up, otherwise all in good order, and with their own custom display stands. Measuring 11 1/4″ without the stand and approximately 4 1/8″ in diameter.  18th century.

 

Cockerel Wine Pot #4982

An especially charming and whimsical Chinese export porcelain wine pot in the form of a cockerel, brilliantly enameled, with his striped tail feathers forming the handle. Measuring 6 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and with restoration to the feet, beak and nozzle, otherwise good condition and a rare form. First half of the 18th century.

 

 

Pair of Early Famille Rose Plates #6007

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain barbed edge plates, elaborately decorated in famille rose enamels with a central shaped medallion of peony and prunus against a swirling foliate blue ground, the cavetto with a ring of lotus, and the shaped rim repeating  the peony and lotus motif again against a blue ground. All richly enameled, “proud” of the surface. Illustrated in Williamson’s book on superlative examples of early famille rose.Very good condition, measuring 9″ in diameter, and dating to circa 1735-1745.

Pair of Stag Hunting Plates #6006

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain plates of shaped form, decorated in famille rose enamels, and centered with a rare image of a stag being pursued through a landscape by two hunting dogs, the cavetto with a finely rendered scaled pattern contained by a gilded rococo border. The lightness and elegance of the rococo continues around a rim of  floral sprig reserves, alternating with polychrome and bianco-sopra-bianco renderings, all against a grisaille cellwork border.Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, one plate with a Y-shaped line to the bottom, the other with a 1 1/2″ line to the rim, both with glaze fritting around the edges, otherwise good condition, the imagery and design quite lovely. Circa 1750-1760.

 

 

 

 

Octagonal ‘Hermit Crab’ Plate #5092 SOLD

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.

EXTREMELY RARE “Dutch Embassy” Punch Bowl #6000

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.