A very attractive pair Chinese export armorial soup plates of early American interest from a service ordered for a commander in Washington’s army, Major-General William Alexander. William Alexander was born in new York and served as commander of the American Militia regiment throughout the War of Independence, and was soon promoted to the rank of Major-general. He was one of Washington’s most able and trusted military subordinates, held in such high regard that Washington gave him command of the entire Continental Army for nearly two months. Throughout his life he unsuccessfully claimed the disputed title of Earl Stirling, and is known as “Lord Stirling”. One of the very few American market services bearing a full coat of arms. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 53, as well as other publications, and exhibited in several museum collections. This service has descended directly in the Alexander family. Excellent condition.
From the same Crowninshield service as our impressive oval meat dish (#4538) is this exemplary Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge fruit dish made for the George Crowninshield, Jr. (1766-1817) scion of the prominent Salem, Massachusetts mercantile family. Bearing his gilded initials “GC” within a central shield and rimmed with an overglaze blue and gilded grapevine border, this 9″ dish is a great form and in excellent condition. Circa 1800.
This is a truly rare find indeed for those who are interested in both Chinese export porcelain and early American history as these teawares are from a service ordered by Thomas Mifflin (1744-1800) of Philadelphia. He was an aide-de-camp to George Washington, later promoted to General in the Continental Army (which got him kicked out of the Quaker church), he was also a signer of the U. S. Constitution, and the first Governor of Pennsylvania. He and his wife are elegantly depicted in a double portrait by John Singleton Copley which now hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And like most Founding Fathers he ordered an elegant Chinese export teaset; this one with the refined and restrained aesthetic so typical of the Federal period of our new republic with an overglaze blue and dotted border centered with a cartouche inscribed with an “M” surmounted by a dove with an olive branch. (Once a Quaker, always a Quaker!) 7 1/4″ plates and teabowls and saucers available. Excellent condition. Circa 1785-1790.
Another very beautiful, and very important example of China Trade porcelain for the American Market, these spectacular teawares are from a service ordered for Lambert and Elizabeth Tree of Philadelphia. Lambert was prominent sailmaker and merchant who amassed a great fortune outfitting Philadelphia’s burgeoning mercantile fleet during the early years of the republic. Each piece is finely decorated with a orange and gilded swagged border, centered with a sepia landscape roundel and inscribed with a gilded monogram “LET”. Lambert served a nine year apprenticeship to attain his profession and a copy of his indenture still exists. Teabowls and saucers and 7 1/4″ plates available. Circa 1800.
A very rare example of Chinese export for the American Southern market, this beautifully rendered Sepia Fitzhugh pot de creme bears the arms of Gabriel Henry Manigault of Charleston, South Carolina, ordered by his brother, Charles Izard Manigault, while he was in the Far East 1817-1823. See Schiffer, China for America, page 56.
A great Chinese export porcelain saucer dish made for the American Market with New Hampshire connections. From a service made for John A. Colby of Concord, New Hampshire, and bearing his initials, the central oval depicts the emblem of New Hampshire as adopted by the State Legislature in 1785; it depicts an unmasted ship upon its stocks in a shipyard, a rising sun on the horizon-all alluding to the growing prosperity and bright future of the Granite State in the new nation. Measuring 8″ in diameter, and although in restored condition, it would nevertheless be a rare and welcome addition to any American Market collection as only 53 pieces were made and examples are in the Winterthur Collection. See Schiffer, China for America, p 43. Circa 1790.
Chinese Export plate from one of the most beautiful American Market services; these 9″ plates bear the gilded cipher for Dewitt and Maria Clinton with in a border of the “Eight Immortals”, surrounding a brightly enameled riverscape. Clinton was governor of New York and championed the building of the Erie Canal. Circa 1796 – 1810.
American Market Plate
A very rare American Eagle – decorated 8″ plate from the Carrington service, in fine condition and beautifully painted with a grape vane border. From a tea and coffee service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, R.I., and extremely successful China Trade merchant and American Consul to Canton from 1802 to 1810. His house still stands in Providence.