A wonderful pair of finely potted Yongzheng period porcelain dishes, decorated in famille rose enamels in the Chinese taste with a scene from the legend of the “Yang Family Warriors”. Great detail; note the grimacing faces on the warriors’ pink shields! The beautiful white porcelain strikes a perfect balance with this colorfully, detailed scene. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter, one with a 2″ piece out of the rim and restored, the other with rim line, otherwise fine condition. Circa 1730.
The fine quality one expects from the Yongzheng period with its thin potting and lovely famille rose enamels is exemplified here in these charming tea bowls and saucers, each centered with a strutting cockerel and surrounded by three open fans painted with peony blossoms which divide the space into a very graphic pattern. A pair with pink reserve fans, and a single with gilded reserve fans. Very good condition, the saucer measuring 4 1/4″ diameter, and illustrated in Howard’s Choice of the Private Trader. Circa 1735. $1100. ea
A very finely painted pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in famille rose enamels with “The Doctor’s Visit” design after original images commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk. The unusual outer border comprised of fish within shaped and scaled lozenges which alternate with vignettes of water fowl. The fish theme continues within the central scene as two of the seated characters are actually each holding a fish. What this has to do with a “doctor’s visit” we cannot profess to say as this design has simply always been called that and the origins are now lost. What is remarkable though, besides the fine painting and wonderfully refined color palette, is that a Dutch artist was commissioned to create patterns for Chinese porcelain, featuring Chinese images, that were sold back to the Dutch market! An exemplary pair with only the most minor issues; one plate with a chip filled, the other with a hairline sealed, otherwise beautiful! Measuring 10″ in diameter. Circa 1745. Priced individually.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.