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Yongzheng Tea Bowl & Saucer #6019 Sold

A fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng tea bowl and saucer, decorated with famille rose enameled floral decoration against a ribbed ground rendered en grisialle, most likely intended to imply a lotus blossom. Very finely potted as is typical of this period. The saucer measuring 4 1/4″ and with a very small rim chip restored, otherwise both pieces in very good condition. Circa 1730.

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.

 

 

Eggshell Tea bowl & Saucer #5090 Sold

An especially fine Chinese export eggshell porcelain tea bowl and saucer, decorated in famille rose enamels with a butterfly amongst blossoming peonies, (an emblem of nobility and wealth, the “Queen of the Flowers”), all within a minutely rendered gilded foliate border encircled by pink diapering. The saucer measuring 4 5/8″ in diameter, a minute rim flake to the cup restored, otherwise superb quality and condition. Circa 1730.

 

Very Fine Tobacco Leaf Beaker Vases Sold

Two very charming and very well-painted Chinese export porcelain beaker or spill vases decorated in the famille rose palette in the famous, exuberant, and much-sought-after Tobacco Leaf pattern. One measuring 7″ tall, the other 6 7/8″. One with restoration to the rim and small chip to the foot rim, the other with a rim restoration and line to the body. Circa 1760.1770.

Qianlong Period Tureen & Stand #5097 Sold

A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain covered tureen and matching stand, decorated in famille rose enamels with some of the loveliest classic riverscape scenes with elegant pavilions and pagodas amongst finely enameled and detailed foliage. Complimenting the beautiful painting, is the finely cast European silver-form shapes, the richly gilded borders, the hares’ head handles and and pomegranate knop. All in excellent condition, the undertray measuring 14″ across, the tureen 12″, and bearing an old dealer’s label with a price of $35,000 (we can do a bit better than that). Circa 1760.

 

Octagonal ‘Hermit Crab’ Plate #5092

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.



Fine Yongzheng 12 1/2″ Charger #5088 Sold

Centered with a very intensely focused bird perched amongst exuberant flowering branches, within a floral decorated border, all in rich famille rose enamels. Very good condition with only very slight wear to the enamels.Circa 1735.