An extraordinary pair of of Chinese export porcelain teapots, made for the American market, decorated with a central spread eagle under a halo of gilded stars, surmounted by the monogram JMC. Made for John and Margaret Christian of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The couple was married in 1808. The form of the teapot is after English silver and porcelain types of the period, and, the finely rendered grapevine border is most likely after English porcelain decoration of the time. Very good condition. Circa 1810-1815.
A very fortuitous find to compliment our Nicholas Brown part tea set, this very fine grouping of Chinese export teawares for the American market bears the same double-heart decoration as the Nicholas Brown service, and with no wonder, as it was made for one of Nicholas’ early business partner John Rogers (1756-1810). Rogers was a sixth generation descendant of Thomas Rogers, a Mayflower passenger and signer of the Mayflower compact. The Rogers were amongst the earliest settlers in Rhode Island, arriving in Newport around 1638. John Rogers was an original partner in the Providence firm of Brown, Rogers and Benson. This firm was the predecessor to Brown and Ives, a powerful banking and mercantile company originally built around the China Trade, but transitioning to investment in American cotton spinning mills by the mid 19th century. John married Elizabeth Rodman Rogers, hence the initials on this set of JER. This service was undoubtedly ordered at the same time as the Nicholas and Anne Brown monogrammed service given the close business and social circles that connected the Brown and Rogers families. Very good condition. Old restoration to pitcher where the handle meets the top of the body, otherwise very good condition with bright enamels and gilding. Coffeepot SOLD. Pieces priced individually. Circa 1800.
A very attractive Chinese export porcelain teabowl and saucer made for the American market, decorated with a central image rendered en grisaille of an expansive country house, possibly Rosewell, one of the great Philadelphia country estates of the time along the Schuykill River. This is encircled by a peach and sepia enameled Regency-style border with gilded highlights, most likely derived from English porcelain patterns of the time. The saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter, the teabowl 3 3/8″, both in very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.
A very fine and rare Chinese export porcelain 7 1/4″ saucer dish made for the American market, decorated en grisaille with a central roundel depicting a view of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, the rim edged with a gilded and grisaille grapevine border. From a service ordered by Captain Daniel Bacon, an early 19th century China trader and ship’s master from Boston and Barnstable, Massachusetts. The view of Mt. Vernon was taken from an engraving of the period, and the service was most likely a patriotic tribute to Washington after his death in 1799, part of a cult of mourning that swept the young Republic in the beginning of the 19th century. Very good condition; slight wear to the gilding. Circa 1810-1820.
A charming Chinese export porcelain coffee can and saucer made for the American Market with a Philadelphia connection.We know of several services with this specific sawtooth border and sepia roundel decoration featuring a fisherman in front of a house along a riverbank with Philadelphia family connections; this coffee can and saucer with a history of descent in the DuPont family. Good condition, circa 1800. $275.00
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.