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Pair Palace Ware Plates #7251 Sold

A really brilliant pair of Chinese export porcelain plates in the ‘Palace Ware’ pattern, decorated in famille rose enamels with a central Mandarin scene depicting the famous scholar and calligrapher, Wang Xizhi at his desk on a garden terrace with an attendant and a visitor presenting a goose.  As the ancient story goes, the calligrapher thought the gestures and motions of a goose’s feet could give him endless inspiration to improve the ways of handling his writing brush. The supplicant offers the scholar the goose and asks in exchange a piece of Taoist calligraphy which he receives. The entire finely detailed scene is only equaled by the meticulously hand-rendered gilded diapered border with cloud reserves of sepia landscapes. This was some of the best quality export one could order at this period, circa 1795. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition.

 

Rare ‘Riot of Rotterdam’ Kangxi Plate #7256

This rare Kangxi period, Chinese export porcelain plate is decorated in underglaze blue with a scene from the famous and infamous ‘Riot of Rotterdam’ where the citizens of the Dutch city of Rotterdam, incensed by a brutally unfair punishment pronounced by their magistrate, ran riot and tore down the magistrate’s house! This act was actually commemorated in a cast medallion from which the plates (also special ordered to commemorate the event) were painted. This is the first European historical/political event ever to be produced on Chinese export porcelain. Measuring 8″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1695-1700.

 

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.

 

Two Fine Small Blue Fitzhugh Platters #7241c,

Two lovely examples of Chinese export porcelain in the Blue Fitzhugh pattern. The small oval platter one measuring 7 1/4 x 10 1/8″, the more rectangular form oval measuring 7 7/8″ x 9 7/8″. Both in very good condition and dating to circa 1800-1820. Priced individually at $450.00.

 

Very Fine and early Pair of Wanli Period Saucer Dishes #4986

An especially good pair of early Chinese export saucer dishes, molded to resemble lotus blossoms, each centered with an underglaze blue scene of a bird perched upon a rock next to exuberant  branches of flowering peony, an amusingly large insect, the size of the bird, flying overhead. Measuring 7 1/2″in diameter, and in very good condition considering their age with only glaze losses to the rims.  Wanli period-circa 1600.

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.

 

 

 

Kangxi Pair of Lotus Form Dishes #6035B

Along with Item #6035A, we offer here a second pair of fine Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain lotus form plates decorated in underglaze blue and centered with flowering peony, chrysanthemums, crickets and butterflies, the flora and fauna motif continuing on the border, each lotus petal a panel filled with a profusion of blossoms, birds, insects and Mandarin ducks, the rim edged with a cafe-au-lait glaze, popular with the Dutch market of the period. Very good condition, measuring 9″ across and dating to circa 1690.        $1,450.00 each.

Fine Group of Kangxi Plates #6033

These wonderful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi plates have the fine potting, brilliant glaze and vibrant cobalt blue decoration for which this period is so well known. The unusual design is a veritable riot of flowers with a central roundel of flowering plants within a densely packed border of blossoms, the motif continuing around the rim with a profusion of buds, blossoms and leaves. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, described in Dutch VOC inventories as a “Double Plate”. One with a line to the reverse, sealed, and very, very minor rim roughness as can be expected, but otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690. $650.00 each.