An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period charger decorated in Famille Verte enamels, centered with an elegantly rendered deer within a landscape, beneath a pine, abundant with ruyi, a crane flying overhead and with the outer border also painted with flying cranes as well. The crane, deer and ruyi all being auspicious symbols impart a hidden message of longevity and endurance that would have been apparent to the Chinese painter of this piece, but surely would have been lost on the European collector to whom it was exported. Either way, a very fine piece, the vibrantly enameled figures standing out against the white porcelain ground. Measuring 15″ in diameter and with only a small chip and line to the reverse sealed, otherwise, very good condition. Circa 1700-1720.
A very lovely Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate decorated in famille verte enamels with an elegantly balanced central design of lotus (the symbol of purity) issuing from the water, the rim with peonies and bamboo leaves on a stippled green ground alternating with floral sprig reserves. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.
A very rare form indeed, this charming Chinese export porcelain shoe is finely decorated and glazed in famille verte enamels as well as being painstakingly reticulated, the openwork pattern cut by hand-what a tour-de-force of the potter’s art to achieve this little gem after the arduous firing process, not to mention surviving the three centuries that have elapsed since! Measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and in amazingly fine condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1710.
An exquisitely modeled pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte libation cups, whimsically decorated with figures of dragons at the handle and spout. With only a short sealed line and minor frits and edge losses restored, these charming little pieces of a sculpture are in otherwise good condition, measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and dating to circa 1700-1720.
A truly exceptional Chinese export porcelain 13 3/4″ dish charger decorated in vibrant famille verte enamels with a central scene of two birds amongst flowering peony, the border with elaborately decorated alternating panels of floral and landscape vignettes and exotic creatures and mythical beasts. Note the calligraphic ease and facility with which these characters and decoration are rendered; truly a design you can get lost in! Very good condition with only minor rim roughness to the glaze. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.
A very beautiful and desirable form, this wonderful Chinese export porcelain famille verte kendi is a pouring vessel adapted from a Japanese form. It is molded around the lower body with panels meant to resemble lotus petals-a symbol of purity- and this motif is continued with the spout which is cleverly fashioned to resemble an actual lotus bud, the rest of the decoration is finely rendered with flowering peony blossoms. Measuring 8″ tall, the piece is in good condition for its age with only a line to the neck of the vessel and various small rim frits restored. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.
A really fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plates, decorated in famille verte enamels, each with a central scene of a scholar on horseback with his attendant beside him, leaving his walled compound on his way to take his exams, a scholar’s table and scholarly attributes in the background alluding to his journey and future. Further attributes alternate with decorative cartouches around the rim. The reverse centered with an underglaze blue ‘archaic vessel’ mark within a double ring, peony blossoms around the rim. Both in good condition and measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1700-1720.