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American Market Carrington Plates #s 6012, 6013

Two very fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market with a direct association to one of the most prominent early New England China Traders. These plates are from a service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, Rhode Island (1775-1843). He was a hugely successful China Trade merchant, shipping magnate, and one time Consul to Canton from 1802-1810. His luxurious home still stands in Providence today, a testament to his status and wealth. Each plate measures 7 1/2″ in diameter and is centered with a patriotic American eagle with a halo of stars, the border elaborately decorated in a sepia and raspberry grapevine pattern. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 128. One plate with very minor rim flakes and a small line to the reverse rim sealed, otherwise fine condition. Circa 1805.  Priced individually.

American Market Decatur Plate #6011

A Chinese export porcelain plate, made for the American market, from a service purportedly ordered for Stephen Decatur, naval hero of the War of 1812. Decorated in sepia and gilt and centered with the image of a ship under sail, the rim elegantly painted with a shell and seaweed border, most likely after English porcelain designs of the period. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and other than a small rim chip restored, in very good condition. Circa 1815-1820.

Great Form American Market Reticulated Basket #5095

A beautiful example of the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, this fine reticulated basket and stand were made for the American market, centered with the monogram RF from a service made for Rodney Fisher of Philadelphia (1798-1863). Fisher served as unofficial United States consul in Canton from 1825-1827, returned home, and later made a second trip to China living in the hongs of Canton. The basket measuring 10 1/2″ long x 9″ wide. The basket with one handle restored, otherwise basket and stand are in very good condition. Fisher is discussed on page 185 of Philadelphia and the China Trade. Circa 1820-25.

 

EXTREMELY Rare ‘Society of Cincinnati’ Plate SOLD

In close to forty years in business, this is the first opportunity we have had the pleasure of offering one of the rarest and most desirable icons of the China Trade and early American history: a very fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated with the emblem of the ‘Society of Cincinnati’. The Society was formed at the close of the Revolution by Major General Henry Knox for officers who had served three years or more in the Continental Army or Navy, as well as officers of certain rank in the French Army or Navy. The Society is still in existence today, its membership consisting of the direct male descendants of the original officers. One of these original members, Henry Lee, conceived of the idea of an extensive dinner service bearing the society’s insignia being held by a figure of Fame blowing her trumpet. He commissioned Major Samuel Shaw, the supercargo on the first American ship to trade with China, to order the dinner service(s) which he would share with General George Washington. Shaw returned on the ship PALLAS in 1785 with this order, of which this plate was part. The plate measures 9 5/8″ in diameter with a shaped and molded edge and a floral and butterfly border of underglaze blue, all centered with a finely rendered image of Fame and the Society’s insignia. In very fine condition with only the most minor of rim frits to the reverse, otherwise a superlative example. Bearing the collection sticker and inventory number on the reverse of Elinor Gordon of Vilanova, PA. Examples in the Metropolitan Museum and Winterthur to name a few. Circa 1785.

 

 

 

Great American Market Renshaw Platter and Mazzarene #5087

A wonderful example of Chinese export porcelain for the American market, this highly decorative Sepia Fitzhugh 16″ oval platter is magnificently handpainted and centered with the initials for Richard Renshaw Thomson (1799-1824) who was both agent for his father’s Philadelphia trading company, as well as American consul in Canton. Measuring 11″ x 16″ and in excellent condition. Circa 1820-24.

Extremely Rare Chew Family of Philadelphia Tea Bowl & Saucer #5010

A very rare example of Chinese export porcelain in the Neo-classical taste made for a prominent American family, the Chew family of Philadelphia. A tea and coffee service in this pattern was most likely ordered by Benjamin Chew, Jr., from his nephew Benjamin Chew Wilcocks in China, and is truly a one-off, ordered in the latest, most fashionable neo-classical taste. It features classical sepia figures and objects against a brilliant yellow ground with gilt highlights (yellow being a difficult color to fire). Slight re-touch to the enamels, but otherwise very good condition. Illustrated and discussed in Philadelphians and the China Trade, page 48.

 

American Market/Rhode Island Eagle Teabowl & Saucer #5009

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, in this case Rhode Island, decorated with a version of the American eagle behind on oval reserve  with the gilded initials JF for John Brown Francis (1791-1864), at one time the state’s governor and then one of its U.S. Senators. The cup measuring 4 3/8″ in diameter, the saucer 6 1/4″, both pieces in good condition, slight re-touch to the gilding. Early 19th century.

Philadelphia/American Market Chew-Wilcox Dish #5024

One of the loveliest services made for the American market, this Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ pudding dish is richly decorated with a peach ground  border and roundel meticulously decorated with a sepia and gilded Regency-style border, the roundel centered with a rearing lion above a cranellated wall, the crest of the Chew-Wilcox family of Philadelphia, prominent China trade merchants of the early 19th century. The dish is in excellent condition and the service dates to circa 1810.    $1850.

Pieces from the Nicholas Brown, Jr. Dinner Service

En suite with our offering of a Nicholas Brown, Jr. part dinner service, we have several pieces from that group of fine American market Chinese export priced individually and comprising: 9 1/2″ dinner plates ($1,600.00 each); 6″ side plates ($550.00 each) and 7 1/2″ plates ($1,050.00 each). Beautiful overglaze blue enameled and gilded drape and shield within underglaze blue spearhead and lattice outer borders. All in excellent condition. Circa 1800.

 

 

Fine American Market Eagle Tea Pot #4667

A very handsome Chinese export porcelain drum tea pot with double strap handle made for the American market, centered with a sepia eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States, with wings spread beneath a radiant star-filled halo, and holding a shield with a gilded rose. Very good condition with gilding refreshed. A classic example measuring 6″ x 10″. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection. Circa 1800-1810. $1,500.00.