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Very Fine Kangxi period ‘Immortals’ Bowl #7273

A very refined Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period molded lotus-form bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with a rim painted with images of ‘The Eight Immortals’, above a lower register of lotus petals, each rendered with alternating floral motifs, the interior rim with a stylized floral diapered border, the bottom with a central image of an Immortal seated upon a cloud. Other than a few very minor rim frits to the barbed rim, the piece is in excellent condition. Measuring 6″ in diameter and dating to circa 1690.

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Fine Pair of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #7075

A beautifully molded pair of Chinese export porcelain blanc-de-chine libation cups each simply modeled with a sprig of prunus in relief and raised upon a naturalistic tree root base. Very fine, buttery glaze, one minute rim frit to one, otherwise very good condition. Measuring 3″ wide x 2″ tall. 17th century.  pr. $750

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte Reticulated Shoe #7247

A very rare form indeed, this charming Chinese export porcelain shoe is finely decorated and glazed in famille verte enamels as well as being painstakingly reticulated, the openwork pattern cut by hand-what a tour-de-force of the potter’s art to achieve this little gem after the arduous firing process, not to mention surviving the three centuries that have elapsed since!  Measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and in amazingly fine condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1710.

 

Pair of Very Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Libation Cups #7250

An exquisitely modeled pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte libation cups, whimsically decorated with figures of dragons at the handle and spout. With only a short sealed line and minor frits and edge losses restored, these charming little pieces of a sculpture are in otherwise good condition, measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″  and dating to circa 1700-1720.

 

Fine Kangxi Bowl with Presidential Provenance #7228

A strikingly fine Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain blue and white molded bowl with a barbed edge, with a luminous glaze over the intensely cobalt blue decoration depicting a dragon chasing the flaming pearl above a lower register of lotus petal panels each individually painted with waves and foliate decoration, The interior just as interesting with a carp rising from the waves a cloud emanating from his mouth containing another dragon image, the rim border continuing the wave and floral motif of the exterior panels. Measuring 8″ in diameter and in good condition with a professional restoration to a U-shaped piece out of the rim with a short associated line. Circa 1690 and with a history of ownership by President Herbert Hoover.

 

Fantastic Malachite Figures of Phoenixes #7205 SOLD

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. HOLD

 

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.