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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.   $1900.

CATESBY-JONES Platter & Mazzarene #7049 SOLD

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Rare American Market Cider Jug with Early Naval History Connection #7063

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 #7064) 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 11″ tall and with a star crack to the bottom, a small line to the side of the body, and re-touch to the gilding, otherwise good condition. Circa 1805.

Eagle Decorated Platter-Philadelphia Market #7016

A very handsome Chinese export porcelain 13″ oval platter made for American market as it was part of an extensive service made for prominent Philadelphia merchant John Jacob Ridgway (1768-1843) who was American Consul to Antwerp in the early 19th century. Centered with an early version of the American eagle taken from the Great Seal of the United States, the platter has three lines and two chips restored, otherwise in good condition and displaying beautifully. Early 19th century.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Classic Orange Fitzhugh American Eagle Plate #6060 SOLD

A great example of Chinese export eagle decorated ware for the American market, this vibrant Orange Fitzhugh-patterned  7 3/4″ plate is centered with a fine rendition of the American eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a striped shield, clutching the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war, the “E PLURIBUS UNUM” banner in his beak. Very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.