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Sauce Tureen with Boston/Fanueil Provenance #6085

A fine Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureen and stand decorated in underglaze blue with a rather rare landscape view, and with each piece also bearing a small armorial crest of a lion rampant. The crest derives from an English family into which Mary Fanueil Bethunes married and the service descended in the Fanueil family. She was a descendant of the famous Fanueil family of Boston, prominent merchants of Huguenot descent and creators of the well-known Fanueil Hall which still stands as a centerpiece of Boston’s downtown. The unusual decoration is discussed in Ayers’ China for the West, Vol. II, page 546 where the rather singular rendering of the large thatched structure is conjectured to be an actual building taken from a drawing, perhaps someplace along the Pearl River in the environs of Canton. Measuring approximately 8″ long, the piece is in very good condition. It includes a second sauce tureen and stand, which is damaged, but presents well to form as pair. Circa 1790.   #3800.00

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 Pair of Orange Fitzhugh Eagle-Decorated Plates #6084 SOLD

A classic example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this striking pair of hand-painted Orange Fitzhugh-patterned plates are centered with a finely rendered example of the American eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States. Each eagle supporting an inscribed shield bearing the monogram of the patriotic original owner of this service, now, unfortunately, unknown. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only two minute rim frits to one plate. Circa 1820.

 

 

Rare American Market Derby Soup Plate #6088

A very fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the early American republic, this beautiful soup plate is centered with a sepia image of HOPE and her anchor above a banner supported by palm fronds reading SPERO, the top of the rim centered with a gilded monogram of EHD for Elias Haskett Derby, one of the wealthiest and most prominent merchant traders of Salem, and, all of New England. This soup plate was part of the 272 piece service brought back by Derby from his maiden voyage to China in 1785-1786. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Examples to be found in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.

 

American Market Pair of Sepia Fitzhugh Warming Dishes #6057

A fine and rare pair of Chinese export porcelain Sepia Fitzhugh warming dishes, made for the American market, with a direct China Trade connection as they are from a service made for Richard Renshaw Thomson, a one time United States Consul to Canton and a son of a prominent Philadelphia China trader. The service, hand-painted in the elaborate Fitzhugh pattern bears a central roundel with Richard’s  initials. Measuring 10 3/4″ in diameter, both with small lines sealed, one with a virtually indiscernible glaze bubble, otherwise very good condition, and very finely rendered. Discussed in Philadelphia and the China Trade. Circa 1820. 1,450.00 each.

 

Sepia Fitzhugh American Market Cider Jug #6074 SOLD

A great desirable form made for the American market, this especially attractive strap-handled cider jug is meticulously hand-rendered in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, bearing an inscribed roundel under the spout bearing the initial “H”for HONE. From a service  made for John Hone II on the occasion of his marriage to Marie Antoinette Kane in 1818. The family’s history is fully discussed in New York and the China Trade, page 116. Restoration to a chip to the rim of the cover, otherwise, very good condition with a foo lion finial with great detail and personality-a piece of sculpture in miniature. 10 1/2″ tall. Circa 1820.

 

Green Fitzhugh 6 3/8″ American Eagle Plate #6039 SOLD

A very finely painted Chinese export porcelain 6 3/8″ plate made for the American market, vibrantly decorated in the Green Fitzhugh pattern and centered with an image of a spread eagle, based upon an early image of the Great Seal of the United States. The symbolic bird bears the E Pluribus Unum scroll in its beak, as well as supporting a shield inscribed with the gilded initials of the plate’s first owner, as yet unidentified. With a line to the reverse rim and some rim roughness restored, otherwise good condition with no restoration to the image of the eagle. Circa 1820.

 

American Market Thomson 14 3/4″ Platter #6055 SOLD

Another piece we have at present from a fine sepia Fitzhugh service made for the American market with a Philadelphia connection,  centered with the monogram for Richard Renshaw Thomson of Philadelphia, son of a prominent China trader and a one time American consul to Canton, this 14 3/4″ platter is in good condition and dates to circa 1820.  $2000.

American Market Thomson 15 3/4″Platter #6055

A piece from a fine group of Chinese export porcelain we have at present from a service made for Richard Renshaw Thomson of Philadelphia, son of a prominent China trading family and one time American Consul to Canton. Beautifully rendered sepia Fitzhugh, centered with Thomson’s monogram. Good condition with only slight stacking wear. Circa 1820.     $2000.

Impressive Tobacco Leaf Platter #6070 Sold

A brilliantly enameled Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge, oval platter in the classic Tobacco Leaf  pattern, decorated in the famille rose palette with an exuberant display of exotic flowers and foliage. A bold and impressive example of this much sought-after pattern. Measuring 12 1/2″ x 15″, in very good condition and dating to circa 1760-1770.