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Exceptional Kangxi Famille Verte 13 13/4″ Dish Charger #4920

A truly exceptional Chinese export porcelain 13 3/4″ dish charger decorated in vibrant famille verte enamels with a central scene of two birds amongst flowering peony, the border with elaborately decorated alternating panels of floral and landscape vignettes and exotic creatures and mythical beasts. Note the calligraphic ease and facility with which these characters and decoration are rendered; truly a design you can get lost in! Very good condition with only minor rim roughness to the glaze. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.

Rare Form Kangxi Famille Verte Water Dropper #7223

A rare Kangxi period Chinese famille verte figural water dropper modeled in the form of Li Bai (701-762) a famous Tang Dynasty poet. Here he is shown in a bit of a drunken stupor lounging with a large wine pot. What a charming conceit for a scholar’s object! Please note his painstakingly painted and lavish garments featuring cranes, clouds, flower sprigs and the wine pot patterned with prunus blossoms against a ‘cracked ice’ ground. The rim of the wine pot is either a period piece of bronze work or a later, but still old, replacement. Either way, it is very finely cast and detailed. Measuring 8″ long and in very good condition. A similar example in the Jue Rui Tang Collection. Circa 1715.

 

Rare and Unusual Kangxi Blanc-de-Chine 6 1/4″ Bowl #7056

A rather rare Chinese Blanc-de-Chine porcelain bowl molded with a band of figures of birds amongst grapevines above a lower register of swirled gardooning. Measuring 6 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Bearing a Franzero Collection sticker as well as an old Chait Galleries sticker from New York. Kangxi period, 1662-1722. SOLD

 

Three Pairs of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #7075,7076, 7077

Three elegant pairs of Chinese export porcelain, blanc- de- chine libation cups, two pair finely molded with classic Chinese images of deer, prunus and cranes after rhinoceros horn originals, one marked, a third pair raised upon a delicate foot with leaf and butterfly decoration. Measuring approximately 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and in good condition, one pair with minor chips restored. 17th/18th century.

 

Fantastic Malachite Figures of Phoenixes #7205 HOLD

A wonderfully sculpted pair of Chinese export malachite figures of phoenixes, beautifully detailed and set upon a pair of purpose built finely carved openwork wood stands. The phoenix traditionally the symbol of the empress in China, it also is a symbol of union as it’s name incorporates the meaning for male and female. It is fitting, then that these figures are carved of malachite as it stands for balance in a relationship. The stone is very hard and difficult to work and so to achieve this level of detail demonstrates quite a level of mastery from the artist. Measuring 10″ tall on their carved stands, they are in good condition with the exception of two small chips to the feather. 19th century.

 

Extremely Rare Late Ming/Transitional Period ‘Eight Immortals’ Covered Bowl #7068

An especially rare and very fine Chinese porcelain covered bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with landscape scenes, and most unusually, with biscuit figures in pairs around the exterior of the vessel, each grouping representing two of the eight Daoist Immortals with their attributes, the cover painted with peasants in a landscape, surmounted by a foo lion finial. This is really a remarkable tour-de-force of the potter’s art and a rare survivor-a similar example in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Measuring 7″across x 7″ high, the piece is in rather good condition given its age and fragility; restoration to the biscuit figures as would be expected, and the foo lion finial a masterfully sculpted replacement of the original, the bowl and cover themselves in very good order. Circa 1625-1640.

 

 

 

Rare Monochrome Glaze Qianlong Vase #7207

A very sophisticated Chinese porcelain monochrome vase in a hard-to-find iron-rust mottled glaze flecked with silver giving the piece a lustrous finish. The baluster form vase of lovely, balanced proportions, and the flecked glaze with a very consistent overall coverage-surely no small feat in the kiln. Very good condition with only a very minor frit to the rim. Measuring 6″ tall and bearing an old Ralph Chait label on the bottom. Qianlong period, 1736-1796.

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte 8 1/2″ Saucer Dish #

A fine Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ saucer dish, vibrantly decorated in famille verte enamels with a rather energetic design of a kylin on a fenced terrace with a phoenix flying overhead amongst swirling clouds. Prunus branches on the reverse rim, centered with an artemsia leaf. Small line to the rim and small chips to the foot rim, otherwise good condition with an exuberant design. Kangxi period, circa 1700.

 

Best Quality Yongzheng PAIR of Famille Rose Cockerel Plates #7071

A truly fine pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in outstanding famille rose enamels with the classic image of cockerels amongst rockwork and flowering branches of peony, all within meticulously hand-painted diapered borders, the rim with reserves of peony, prunus and fruits. All the jewel-like enamels sit proud of the surface-Yongzheng painting at its best. Each plate measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, both with faint star lines to glaze of each sealed and not going through to the front of the plateĀ  , otherwise, very good condition with fantastic decoration. Ex- Chait collections. Circa 1730.

 

Mark and Period Daoguang Period Dragon Bowl #7053 Sold

An especially fine Chinese porcelain bowl, beautifully potted, glazed in ‘Imperial Yellow’ and incised with dragons amongst swirling crowds to the exterior, a band of waves encircling the foot. With a Daoguang mark in underglaze blue to the reverse (1821-1850). Measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition.