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Fine Rockefeller Pattern Reticulated Tray #404 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain oval reticulated undertray or stand, finely hand-painted in the well-known Rockefeller pattern, centered with a charming scene of a Mandarin lady seated on her very elegant and well-appointed terrace with her children and attendants. The attention to detail is always amazing when one thinks that these lavish dinner services were quite extensive and no two scenes are ever alike. Measuring 9″ x 10″ and in very good condition. Circa 1795.     $2600.

Goldsborough of Maryland #6086 Sold

One of the most elegant Chinese export porcelain armorial services made for the American market, this pair of fluted rim plates is centered at the top of each rim with the Arms of Goldsborough, a great Maryland family whose prominent members included a lawyer and member of the Continental Congress, a Federalist governor of Maryland and a naval officer. The service is beautifully painted in famille rose enamels with central scenes of courtly Mandarin ladies taking their leisure on garden terraces, the elaborate borders with raspberry diapering, gilded reserves and exotic birds amongst branches and bamboo. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1800-1815.

Impressive Pair of 14″ Landscape Chargers #6071

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain 14″ chargers finely decorated with an expansive landscape with a figure in a pavilion overlooking a wide river with ships and a pagoda in the distance, while a traveler on horseback with his attendant move along a grassy path in the foreground, all within a very finely hand-painted outer border of bianco-sopra-bianco scrolling foliate decoration, the effect resembling fine lacework. One with a line in the center sealed, the other with a line on the rim sealed and rim frits filled, otherwise good condition. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection.  Circa 1740.

 

 

Fine Yongzheng Famille Rose Pair of Plates #6077

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plates, decorated in the Chinese taste in the famille rose palette, with a scene of an official fording a river on a horse with his attendant, carrying another older man on his back, wades through the water, as a bemused fisherman watches the pair, a pavilion on the opposite bank. It is noted in The Choice of the Private Trader, that these “borderless” scenes where the illustration covers the entire surface of the plate, along with this combination of colors, are relatively rare and must represent limited commissions for this style of decoration. Measuring 9″ in diameter, one with a short line sealed, otherwise both in good condition. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

 

 

Rare and Fine Yongzheng Cockerel Plate #6069

A very good and very interesting example of Yongzheng period famille rose decoration, this octagonal 8 1/4″ plate features the very popular theme of cockerels in a landscape with the two yellow birds in this particular piece virtually one over the other in a very fore-shortened space bordered to one side by the strong vertical of a leafing tree trunk and a swaying over-sized peony all within a shaped outer border of flowering prunus and peony branches against cell-work diapered ground. All in rich, thick enamels, proud of the surface. Very good condition, a great, fun, vibrant design. Circa 1730-1735.

 

Yongzheng ‘Yang Family Warriors’ Plate #6067

A fine Chinese export porcelain plate, decorated in the famille rose palette, and in the Chinese taste, featuring a scene from the legend of the Yang Family Warriors-“The General’s Visit”. The story basically tells of a great warrior clan whose men were all killed in battle, and, in a great show of duty and patriotism, the women of the clan took the places of their fallen kin-here illustrated, the women mounted on their horses riding out as a visiting general waves his fan in recognition of their great sense of duty and honor. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, in very good condition, and dating to circa 1730.

Best Quality Yongzheng Eggshell Tea Bowl and Saucer #6048 SOLD

A truly superb piece of Chinese export eggshell porcelain from one of the finest periods of production, this jewel-like tea bowl and saucer are masterfully potted and painted, decorated in famille rose enamels with a pheasant amongst flowering peony within a leaf-shaped reserve against a grisaille cellwork ground with finely rendered foliate details and border. The saucer 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 7/8″. Very, very faint lines to the bottom of the saucer, otherwise fantastic quality. Yongzheng period, circa 1730.  $3600.

Yongzheng ‘Kitten’ Teapot #6044

A charming Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teapot and cream jug, lavishly decorated in famille rose enamels, with roundels depicting a garden stool and table with a a profusion of peony blossoms, beneath which reclines a white kitten, all against a densely worked ground with a variety of meticulously rendered diapering and scrolling foliate decoration, the cover as richly enameled and surmounted by a gilded foo lion. A very small area on the teapot possibly re-painted with line sealed beneath, otherwise very good condition and superb decoration. The teapot 5″ tall x 6 1/2″, the cream jug 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. Priced as a set. Circa 1735.  $4900.

 

 

 

Rare European Subject ‘Elements’ Plate SOLD

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Western market with a decidedly European subject matter, here rendered in famille rose enamels, is one of a set of four ‘Elements’ plates, this one representing Earth, and depicting Cybele accompanying three of the Four Seasons; Flora, Ceres and Bacchus, all in a chariot pulled by lions (which more resemble cartoon characters!), while cherubs frolic amongst nature’s bounty in a bucolic landscape. Measuring 9″in diameter. Circa 1740.   1 L shaped line  restored at the top rim of plate.   $3800

Very Fine Yongzheng Teapot & Creamer #6051

Typifying the refinement of the Yongzheng period, this lovely Chinese export porcelain teapot and covered creamer are beautifully painted with elegant scenes of a man and a lady conversing in a landscape along with an attendant, delicate foliate gilded borders and flowering branches on the covers completing the design. The teapot measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 6 1/4″ wide, the creamer 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Both in very good condition with the exception of some minor glaze loss on the creamer handle. Priced individually. Circa 1730.