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Extremely Fine Yongzheng Tea Bowls and Saucers #4733 3 Sold

Truly exceptional, which is saying a lot when dealing with the Yongzheng period, this finely potted eggshell porcelain tea bowl and saucer is exquisitely decorated with meticulously controled “Y” form diapering contained by fantastical gilded dragon borders. The saucer centered with an equally detailed riverscape with boatman approaching a terraced and walled town perched amongst supernatural rockwork. A similar image runs in a continuous scene around the teabowl, which is centered at its bottom with a pair of bare trees, the rim edged with a pink diaperwork border.  Truly a miniature work of art to hold in your hand.  The saucer measuring 4 1/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 3/4″ in diameter. Yongzheng period, circa 1730. Six pairs available: two perfect and four with restoration, priced accordingly.

Qianlong Period “Eight Immortals” Soup Plate #4729

A real tour-de-force of famille rose decoration, this wonderfully rich and symbolic Chinese export porcelain soup plate is vibrantly painted with a central scene of Mandarin ducks swimming amongst lotus; the ducks a symbol of marital bliss as they mate for life, and the lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity, all encircled by a rim of the Eight Immortals, each upon an emblematic creature riding amongst swirling waves. Exotic imagery indeed, sure to have delighted the European clientele to which it was shipped, despite most of the Chinese symbolism having been lost on their Western audience. 9″ diameter.Very minor rim frits, otherwise excellent condition. Very early Qianlong period, circa 1740-45.

 

Rare American Market Vaughan Platter #4712

A great early Chinese export porcelain rectangular platter of octagonal form made for the American market and decorated en grisaille from a service made for Samuel Vaughan and Sarah Hallowell of Boston. The central decoration is based upon a rococo style armorial bookplate designed for Vaughan, and the rim contains vignettes of landscapes and birds upon flowering branches. The grisaille on the interior arms strengthened; rim reserves with somewear.  One of two we have at present (see # 4713).  . 9 1/2″ x 13 1/4″.  Circa 1747. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America page 34.

Beautiful 16″ Mandarin Punch Bowl #4715

A very special Chinese export porcelain punch bowl of impressive size and equally impressive decoration, finely painted with detailed Mandarin scenes within gilded borders in reserve against a richly rendered gilded “brocade” ground scattered with famille rose bouquets and sprigs.The interior edged with a gilded vine and berry border and centered at the bottom with another vibrant spray of flowers. 16″ diameter. Three faint hairlines sealed, otherwise, very good condition with a resplendent presence. Circa 1770-1780.

Pair of Rare Famille Rose Figural Candleholders#4408

We are very fortunate to have a pair of fine Chinese export famille rose figural candleholders, modeled after elegant court ladies holding a pair of vases. Each elegantly coiffed and arrayed in flowing robes tied with purple ribbons and decorated with roundels and sprigs of flowers, everywhere hightlighted with gilded detail. Each measuring 16 1/4″ tall. One with restored fingers and vase. Exceptional quality of decoration, and to have a pair! Truly rare survivors. Late 18th century.

 

Fine 15″ Yongzheng Dutch Armorial #4492

Of impressive size and fine decoration, this Yongzheng armorial charger is painted in the famille rose palette that was just being developed about the time this service was ordered by Daniel Tuineman the Younger on a trip to China in 1732-33. The elaborate central armorial quite possibly includes a play on words as the Dutch word for “fence” sounds similar to the surname of this family; hence the gladiator figure standing in a fenced arena. The diapering in the cavetto, and the grisaille and gilded flowering branches, in reserve against the grisaille cellwork border, all display the quality so typical of the Yongzheng period. 15 1/4″ in diameter. Some minor surface abrasion and very small lines sealed in the rim, otherwise great condition. Circa 1732-33. Discussed in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 151.

Large Hunting Scene Tankard #4461

A Chinese export porcelain tankard of robust and impressive size, decorated with a very colorful and animated European hunting scene with mounted riders, one with his hunting horn, coursing through a Western-style landscape with their pack of hounds, the leaders of which have already treed a rather bewildered looking fox. The scene, most likely taken from engravings of the period, rimmed with an underglaze blue Fitzhugh-style border. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall x 4 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition and with a small line at the base of the handle with a great old staple repair, best left alone; a testament to the value placed upon these items at the time. Circa 1770.

 

 

#4398 Rare European Subject: “The Drinker”

A wonderfully rendered interior scene on Chinese export porcelain for the European market, this 9″ plate depicts a gentleman at a table displaying an empty purse, the apparent results of his over indulgence in the contents of the wine barrel across from him. A great moral tale most likely taken from an engraving of the period. This beautiful example is in excellent condition, the enamels virtually untouched.  Please note, too, the rather cryptic gilded monogram centered above and below the image.Circa 1740. A similar image illustrated in Hervouet’s La Pocelaine des Compagnies des Indes a Decor Occidentale. page 354.

 

#4407 Pair European Market Teabowls and Saucers

A very fine Chinese export porcelain teabowl and saucer decorated for the European market in famille rose enamels with flowers known and grown in the West; sprays of parrot tulip, dianthus and roses float upon a background of thinly potted, beautiful, white porcelain. In excellent condition, the saucer measuring 4 3/4 ” in diameter. Circa 1760. One of a pair available.

European Subject Teabowl and Saucer #4359

Another fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Western market with specific European decoration, this charming teabowl and saucer is finely rendered with scenes of “Romantic Conversation”, most likely from prints after the French artist Pater. Measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter (saucer) and 2 1/2″ diameter (teabowl) and dating to circa 1750, it is pictured in Hervouet, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes a Decors Occidentale, page 170.