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Rare Guangxu Mark & Period Dragon Dishes #6023Sold

A brilliant pair of Chinese porcelain saucer dishes with Guangxu marks and of the period, very finely crafted, the body thinly potted and subtly incised to the exterior with a wave pattern, decorated in a vibrant green enamel with dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl.  From the collection of  Baroness Giovanella Caetani who acquired the pieces during an ambassadorial visit to the Guangxu court, accompanying her husband the Belgian ambassador, where she was presented to the Dowager Empress Cixi, the Emperor Guangxu in attendance. Measuring 7 1/4″ in diameter. Rim line to one sealed, otherwise excellent condition. 1907-1908.

 

 

 

Blanc de Chine Figure of Adam #6005

A very rare Chinese export porcelain Dehua blanc de chine figure of a standing male, variously called either a ‘slave’  or a ‘figure of  Adam’. There is also a female version described as ‘Eve’. Figures such as these were popular with Europeans who became interested in various cultures and their costumes (or lack thereof) as colonial expansion moved around the globe. A similar example is in the Peabody Essex Museum, and are mentioned in the 1721 inventory of  Augustus the Strong. Illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, page 93.  Measuring 9″ tall, with very minor chips to the back of the base and a faint glaze line going down the middle of the back, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi, circa 1700-1720.

Very Fine Kangxi Famille Jaune Ginger Jars #5043

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period Famille Jaune ginger jars, meticulously decorated with an overall scrolling foliate design on a soft yellow ground, each with a finely carved hardwood cover. The skill of the painting enhanced only by the ground color as yellow was a difficult color to fire in a kiln. Measuring 10″ tall and dating to circa 1700. Previously lamped, but now professionally restored, the bodies of the jars without any chips, breaks or lines and presenting beautifully. Formerly in the collections of Bernard Barouk and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Beautiful Set of 12 Signed Chinese Floral Paintings on Silk #5016

A truly lovely set of twelve Chinese signed floral watercolors on silk, illustrating Chinese Spring flowers. Each finely matted and mounted in a black and gold oxidized finish frame with a different flower, masterfully rendered and signed by artist Wu Meng Shu and dated 1905. Each measuring 10″ x 7 1/2″ (image), 16″ x 13″ framed. Each elegant, pleasing and soothing to study, and as a whole a beautiful presence in any room. Very good condition. Very good condition with only a slight foxing/stain to one. $9,000.00 the set.


 

Great Kangxi “Monkey” Soup Plate #4858

This wonderful Kangxi period Chinese export blue and white porcelain molded soup dish has an exuberant design centered with a phoenix amongst flowering peony branches encircled within a swirled lobed rim with alternating panels of further peony branches and a tree with a small monkey sitting in its branches. The finely painted peony motifs continue on a reverse with a small lotus blossom centers the bottom. Very well potted, with only a short rim line consolidated, otherwise very good condition. 8 1/2″ in diameter. Circa 1690.

Beautiful 15 1/2″ Doucai Charger #4837

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain doucai charger decorated in the Chinese taste with a central scene of Mandarin ducks (symbols of marital bliss) swimming amongst lotus (symbols of purity), all within a very animated and detailed border of the Eight Daoist Immortals with their attributes, riding on the backs of sea creatures amongst swirling waves. Lovely enamels balanced against the white space of the porcelain making for a very pleasing design, and of an impressive size and in great condition. 15 1/2″ in diameter. Early 18th century.

 

Rare PAIR of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #4542

A truly wonderful pair of Chinese export blanc-de-chine porcelain libation cups made in the form of bronze archaic vessels, each beautifully molded and exemplifying the and elegance of these refined and understated wares. One handle replaced, otherwise very good condition. 2 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide.  Late 17th/early 18th century.