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Important American Market Cider Jug 10″ #7064 ( 1 of 2)

A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug made for the American market with an early naval and maritime connection. One of two cider jugs (see Item #7063) made for Henry Eckford (1775-1832) a Scottish immigrant who became one of America’s finest shipbuilders and designers. Eckford trained with his uncle in Quebec before re-locating to New York in 1796 where he rapidly gained a reputation as a brilliant shipwright and organizer whose quality ships helped New York gain an ascendancy over Philadelphia as America’s leading port. He built ships for John Jacob Astor’s burgeoning trading empire and, during the War of 1812, he won a contract from the U.S. government to build ships on the Great Lakes. He prospered greatly and had a grand house in New York and when financial reversals struck, he rebuilt his fortunes by constructing a 26-gun corvette, sailing it to Constantinople, and selling it to Sultan Mahmud II for $150,000.00. He was a great favorite of the Sultan’s and gained further commissions from him before succumbing to cholera in 1832, his body returning to New York aboard the ship Henry Eckford.

This finely painted jug displays a roundel with the gilded monogram of Henry Eckford, alternating with famille rose bouquets, the rim and cover with elaborately gilded borders on an orange ground. Measuring 10″ tall .   Restoration to rim of spout, small line to the handle and line to base , and re-touch to the gilding. Circa 1805.

 

 

Highly Unusual American Market Pair of Saucers #7067

A rather unusual pair of Chinese export porcelain 5 1/4″ saucers almost certainly made for the American market decorated with a military officer in a plumed hat mounted upon a white horse next to a standard bearer carrying a spear-tipped staff flying the American flag. What we find a conundrum is why these soldiers bearing this flag are Chinese? Both pieces in very good condition with a gilded spearhead border. Probably Centennial pieces made for the American market.

Fantastic Equestrian 14” Punch Bowl #7065

A beautiful and classic Chinese export porcelain punch bowl decorated with finely rendered sepia roundels with equestrian images taken from English prints of the period. Overglaze blue enamel and gilt borders  complete the design, a grapevine border edges the interior rim which is centered with a basket of flowers. This design was popular in America in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states where an English aristocratic country lifestyle was emulated. Of nice size and proportions, measuring 14″ in diameter, and with a hairline sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1790.

 

Rare American Market-ROSS of Philadelphia Reticulated Undertray #7066

A rather rare find for us, this attractive Chinese export porcelain reticulated undertray with blue diapered border, centered with a sunburst roundel, bears the family crest of JOHN ROSS of  Philadelphia. Ross was a very wealthy and prominent merchant and played an important role in the Revolution being by the Continental Congress to resource crucial war supplies and materiel for the Continental Army. To our knowledge most of the pieces from this service are in museum collections and seldom comes on the market.

Impressive CATESBY-JONES Platter & Mazzarene #7049

A very beautiful and quite impressive Chinese export porcelain rimmed serving platter and matching mazzarene from a service made for Thomas ap Catesby-Jones (1790-1858). He trained with Isaac Hull and Stephen Decatur at Norfolk, VA before embarking on an active career in the U.S. Navy-suppressing slave traders, piracy and smuggling, and commanding the Pacific Squadron in 1825,1842 and 1844. The elegant central cartouche is surmounted by an eagle’s head crest and bears the initials of Thomas and his wife Mary and all is edged by a rich grapevine border. Measuring 17″ x 14 1/2″ and in very good condition. Circa 1825.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Fine American Ship Teapot #7061

A very fine Chinese export porcelain drum form teapot with strap handles, made for the American market and decorated on both sides with a ship flying a large American flag, firing off its cannons, great clouds of smoke rising from the action. Measuring 6″ x 9″ and in very good condition-a rare view of a ship firing its guns, and for to be rendered upon both sides of the pot. Circa 1800-1810.

 

 

 

 

American Market Eagle-Decorated Teaset #7062

A fine Chinese export porcelain part tea and coffee service made for the American market, each piece decorated with an early version of the American eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States, the eagle supporting a shield inscribed with the gilded initials of the original owner DHA, beneath a sunburst halo and stars. The set comprising a lighthouse form coffee pot, a drum teapot, a helmet form creamer, a slop bowl, a saucer dish, and four teabowls and saucers. Some slight re-touch to gilding and minor wear commensurate with age.  In the Federal period taste, circa 1800.

 

Impressively Sized Dewitt Clinton Platter #7046

A fine example of one of the more lavishly decorated of the American Market services, this handsome Chinese export porcelain oval platter bears the gilded monogram of Dewitt and Maria Franklin Clinton on the rim above a beautifully painted Chinese riverscape, the border animated with images of the Eight Immortals and their attributes. Clinton, (1769-1828) was a New York City mayor before going on to Governor’s office where he was instrumental in promoting the building of the Erie Canal which led to New York  becoming a world center for trade and finance. Measuring 13″ x 15 1/2″ and in very good condition. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 94.  Circa 1810-1820.

 

American Market Ship-Decorated Tea Bowl and Saucer #7024

A very fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this breakfast-sized tea bowl and saucer are both finely hand-painted with a ship under sail flying two American flies. The saucer measuring 6″ in diameter, the tea bowl 4 1/4″, and both in excellent condition. Superb detail and quality. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection. Circa 1800.

Rare Mt. Vernon 6″ Plate #7015

A charming and rare Chinese export porcelain 6″ plate made for the American market centered with a sepia painted view of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon encircled within a simple vine and berry border against a peach colored ground. The scene most likely taken from a watercolor painting of the period which was later turned into an engraving by Samuel Seymour in 1803. All part of a cult of mourning and patriotic remembrance after Washington’s death in 1799. Discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 168. With a small chip and  1″ line to the reverse restored, otherwise in very good condition with a great image. Ex-Elinor Gordon collection.