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 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.
An outstanding example of the fine Yongzheng wares being produced and catering to the demands of the Western market, this handsome armorial charger is from a special order service made for a one time Lord Mayor of London. Bearing the elaborately detailed central arms of MERTINS impaling PECK, it is illustrated and discussed in the venerable tome by David Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, Page 213. In very good condition, 12 1/4″ in diameter and dating to circa 1725.
A very fine pair of Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain ruby ground plates, each centered with a leaf-shaped reserve decorated with a cockerel standing on a rock amongst flowering branches, the rims with smaller leaf reserves with flowering branch and bird and butterfly vignettes, all against a rich ruby enameled ground, a technically very difficult effect to achieve in a kiln firing. One in good condition, 1 with rim line consolidated, both presenting beautifully and measuring 9 7/8″ in diameter. Circa 1735-1740.
A very impressive Chinese export porcelain wine cooler, decorated in famille rose enamels with elegant flowering branches, the bulbous form raised upon a flared base and surmounted by a flared monteith style rim, the rim decorated as well on the interior. Heavily potted to support ice and wine for a lavish entertainment, this magnificent piece, modeled after European silver forms, would have been a status symbol in its day, gracing a nobleman’s sideboard, a sign of his gracious and liberal entertaining. Measuring 13″ x 19″ x 16″. With a crack sealed and a chip to one of the monteith lappets restored, otherwise, very good condition. Third quarter of the 18th century.
Another fine Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer in the well-known Rockefeller pattern (see also Item #0265), meticulously decorated with finely detailed Mandarin scenes and rich, gilded decoration. These two fine pieces with shaped, barbed rims exhibit only minor wear to the gilding, commensurate with age, otherwise they are in very good condition. The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the cup 3 1/2″. Circa 1795.
A fine Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer with barbed edge, decorated in the lavish Rockefeller pattern, known for its high quality painting with detailed Mandarin scenes and elaborate scrolling gilded border. Some very minor rub to the gilding, the saucer with a line to the reverse and small chip to the edge, the cup with a small chip restored, otherwise a lovely example of a much sought-after pattern. The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the cup 3 1/2″. Circa 1795.