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Eagle Decorated JOHN CALHOUN Plate #7023 Sold

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain plate made for the American market, decorated with a central motif of an American eagle, supporting  a striped shield and bearing the laurel branch of peace and the arrows of war, a banner in his beak inscribed E Pluribus Unum, under fifteen stars within a cloud border, all encircled within a finely rendered sepia vine border on a peach-colored ground. As well as being a very handsome piece of  its own, this generously sized dinner plate of 10″ is from a service made for John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) a statesman and political theorist from South Carolina, and the seventh Vice-President of the United States from 1825-1832-from which period this piece most likely dates. One chip and three small lines restored, otherwise good condition, and a great version of an American eagle.

 

RARE Tea Caddy with Chinese Scenes #7034 Sold

A very rare instance of a 19th century Chinese export gilded and lacquered tea caddy with hand painted Chinese scenes-one view centered with a depiction of the famous Folly Fort on the Pearl River. Besides having these really charming Chinese views on all sides of the tea caddy, it is also just remarkable in that it is in such pristine condition; no major wear or lifting or splitting of the lacquer, the interior with its original pair of ornately decorated pewter canisters; and the interior lid centered with the original owner’s initials, the lock with its original key. Measuring 6″ x 11″ x 8″. Mid-19th century.

Goldsborough of Maryland #6086 Sold

One of the most elegant Chinese export porcelain armorial services made for the American market, this pair of fluted rim plates is centered at the top of each rim with the Arms of Goldsborough, a great Maryland family whose prominent members included a lawyer and member of the Continental Congress, a Federalist governor of Maryland and a naval officer. The service is beautifully painted in famille rose enamels with central scenes of courtly Mandarin ladies taking their leisure on garden terraces, the elaborate borders with raspberry diapering, gilded reserves and exotic birds amongst branches and bamboo. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1800-1815.

Rare Monogrammed Mandarin Plate #6008

A fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated with a central Mandarin scene of figures on a terrace within an unusual border of small white blossoms against deep overglaze blue ground, the reverse with a rare gilded monogram of the original owner. Seldom were the services inscribed on the reverse as this example was. Measuring 8″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1820.  $575.

 

Pair of Mandarin Plates #6065

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain plates each decorated with finely detailed Mandarin scenes of figures in landscapes, all within colorfully enameled double borders of flowers, butterflies and lotus. Each measuring 8″ in diameter; one with a glaze line to the reverse which does not show through to the front, otherwise both in fine condition. Circa 1820.

 

Stunning Pair Mandarin Bough Pots #5058

A wonderful form, these Chinese export porcelain bough pots with their original covers  are meticulously decorated with Mandarin scenes and landscape vignettes in reserve against a light peach ground overlaid with a gilded latticework with white enameled flower heads, gilded handles with palmette drops complete the design. Originally used to force bulbs and flowering branches, these lovely objects still make a dramatic statement on any chimney piece today. One corner to one base in need of some professional restoration and a chip to one handle, otherwise in good condition. Measuring 8 1/2″ tall x 6 1/2″ square and dating to circa 1790-1810.

 

 

Rare PAIR of 9″ tall Mandarin Jardinieres #4995

A fantastic pair of Chinese export porcelain Mandarin jardinieres of impressive size and presence, measuring 9″ tall and 11″ in diameter, and decorated in a rich famille rose palette with a vibrant and highly detailed continuous courtly scene running around the body of each piece. Featuring court officials and noble ladies and gentlemen on garden terraces and before pavilions in a lush landscape, both jardinieres so skillfully painted that they are a perfectly matched pair. A traditional and colorful dragon border adorns the lip of the flared rim. In remarkably fine condition considering their utilitarian purpose with no discernible chips, breaks or restorations. Circa 1825.  $10,500.00.

Fine Mandarin Oval Platter #4767

A lovely Chinese export porcelain Mandarin platter painted in famille rose enamels with a lady and her attendants upon a garden terrace (note her tree-root chair!), set within a border of lush flowers and butterflies against a gilded ground. Very good condition. 12″ x 9″. Circa 1820.      $950.

Impressive Mandarin Covered Serving Dish #4672

A finely decorated Chinese export porcelain Mandarin covered serving dish of shaped form, painted with courtly scenes of Mandarins at their leisure, all in vibrant enamels with richly gilded handles and knop. Measuring 6 1/4″ tall x 12″ x 9″, and in very good condition; a great example of this period, circa 1820.

Very Fine Mandarin Plates #4626

A pattern we always seek out is this beautiful service that always has wonderful Mandarin scenes well rendered in famille rose enamels within a very rich border of flowers and butterflies against a rich, gilded ground. This must have been a one-off special order service in its day and is an excellent example of the luxury of the private trade in the early years of the 19th century. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter, slight stacking wear to one, otherwise in very fine condition; circa 1810.