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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.

 

Spoon Trays # 5098;#5099 Sold

Two especially fine Chinese export porcelain lozenge-shaped spoon trays, both decorated in famille rose enamels and exemplifying the exquisite quality and attention to detail typical of the Yongzheng period. #5098 is decorated with a cockerel, hen and their chicks amongst flowering peony and foliage within a simple gilded stripe border. # 5099 is finely painted with two pheasants amongst flowering branches within a gilded grapevine border. Both measuring 5″ x 3″ and in very good condition. Circa 1730. Priced individually.


 

13 1/2″ Yongzheng Armorial Chargers #6002 Sold

An especially fine and ¬†important pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period armorial chargers, made for the Swedish market, decorated in famille rose enamels, and bearing the arms of HOPKEN, for Daniel Hopken, one of the founders of the Swedish East India Company. Measuring 13 1/2″ across and in excellent condition. Circa 1730.

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.

Qianlong Figural Candleholders #5058

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.

 

Fine Yongzheng Armorial 12 1/4″ Charger #5052

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.

Rare Yongzheng Ruby Ground Plates ONE SOLD#5029

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.

 

 

Magnificent Qianlong Period Wine Cooler

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.

Fine Rockefeller Pattern Cup and Saucer #0267

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.