A very attractive Chinese export porcelain 11 1/2″ punch bowl decorated in the Imari palette of underglaze blue, iron red and gilding, hand-painted with images of flowering branches of peony and bamboo. Very good condition. Circa 1725-1740.
Of especially nice form, this pair of Chinese export octagonally-shaped teapots is decorated with panels of landscape views alternating with flowering peony branches beneath a lotus petal form collar, the paneled decoration continuing to the faceted domed cover. The pots’ diminutive 5″ size reflects the staggering cost of tea in this period and what a status symbol it was to serve it. The form almost certainly after silver shapes of the time. Both pieces in great condition, Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.
A striking pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze iron red and gilding in the “Dame au Parasol” Pattern. Depicting a lady with her servant attending with a parasol, walking along the water’s edge and coming upon ducks amongst the rushes. The courtly lady and duck motif continued in reserves around the rim, while underglaze blue insects animate the border on the reverse. From a small group of designs commissioned for the Dutch East Company by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk to be painted upon Chinese porcelain, this is a rare instance where we know of an actual European design source for export wares. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with the exception of very minor rim fritting now restored. Circa 1740-1750.
A very sophisticated pair of late KangXi period rouge de fer chargers beautifully decorated with an exotic bird perched upon a peony branch within a fenced garden all surrounded by an especially fine incised border featuring flowing phoenixes flying amongst peony blossoms; this understated motif achieved by incising the piece when the clay is leather hard before glazing and firing. The chargers thinly potted and the elegant design set off by the use of the white porcelain ground. Measuring 11 1/2″ in diameter, one in excellent condition, with only a minor flake to the underside of one rim and a piece out and restored on the other. Circa 1720.
Pronk Pattern Parasol Plate
Qianlong plate designed by V.O.C. appointed artist Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759) and first sent to China for production in 1734. It is the first of Pronk’s four known designs. In this case the design has been executed in the Chinese imari porcelain. While the subject matter of this plate is Asian in style, it is also distinctly European. Even two of the birds and the bullrushes are European.
Lot of Reticulated Rouge de Fer
Chinese porcelain finely decorated in england after a pattern found on Japanese Imari wares and later used by Derby. Originally an armorial service made for Graham and then over painted in England – “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”: Pg. 666. For further discussion see “Ling Long” By Welsh.