A fantastic pair of Chinese export porcelain covered jars or potiches, decorated in a brilliant cobalt blue with alternating panels of baskets of flowers, antique objects, and scrolling lotus design on a beautiful white porcelain and glaze, all exemplifying the quality for which this dynasty is so well known. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall and in very fine condition with only very minor frits and nibbles restored-no cracks, breaks or losses. Kangxi period, circa 1690.
A fine Chinese export porcelain covered tureen of rare and impressive size with a molded and shaped bombe form and robustly scrolling handles, decorated in underglaze blue with classic Chinese landscape scenes, the conforming cover with vignettes of flowering branches, all surmounted by a flower bouquet formed knop. Measuring 10″ x 19″ x 11″. A small curved line to the bottom interior edge, and some very minor glaze fritting along the edge of the cover, otherwise a beautiful and impressive centerpiece for any table or sideboard. Circa 1770-1780.
A beautiful piece of Chinese export Kangxi period porcelain, decorated in underglaze blue with scrolling foliate designs, and molded in the form of a barrel. Used for dispensing wine or spirits, the conceit was carried further with later silver mounts in the form of reeded ends for the barrel, a spigot with a finely detailed tippler astride a barrel for a handle, and a meandering grape vine that supports the whole as a four-legged stand terminating in bun feet! Note the detail of the tiny tub suspended beneath the spigot to catch any drips! There is also a grape and leaf removal stopper on the top. If this piece doesn’t want to make you have a drink, it at least makes you smile. The porcelain from the fine Kangxi period, circa 1690, the silver most likely 19th century Dutch (no apparent marks) and the whole in very good condition. Measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 6 1/4″ in length. $4,800.00
A charming Chinese export Kangxi tea bowl and saucer, decorated in a bright underglaze blue, the tea bowl with ‘Long Elizas’ and peonies, the saucer with three scholars and an attendant. Thinly potted and beautifully glazed. The saucer measuring 4″ in diameter. A very small rim frit and associated line sealed to each piece, otherwise good condition. Circa 1690. $925.00
An especially fine Chinese export porcelain molded saucer dish with barbed edge,beautifully potted and glazed, decorated in underglaze blue and centered with a classic Chinese landscape deftly rendered with a lone figure pondering nature’s beauty, in the “Master of the Rocks” style. The fluid brushstrokes of the scene contrast with the controlled penciled decoration of the border; a finely entwined rim of lotus blossoms. The lotus theme continues on the reverse painted around the molded panels, encircling a central six-figure mark. Measuring 8″ in diameter.A few rim frits filled, two leading with lines into the well of the dish sealed, otherwise, good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.
An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Wanli period dishes with nicely molded, undecorated rims in a lotus petal pattern surrounding a central image in underglaze blue of a bird on a rock amongst flowering peony and an alarmingly large moth looming overhead. Very nicely potted, painted, and glazed with far quality and better condition than one usually finds in this early period of export with only minor rim frits filled, and minor glaze roughness to the scalloped edges, and one very small line at the rim of one sealed. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter. Circa 1620. $1,500.00 each.
A superlative Chinese export porcelain molded saucer dish with a barbed edge, thinly potted, richly glazed, decorated in underglaze blue and centered with a classic Chinese landscape deftly brushed in the “Master of the Rocks” style. The lotus border, in contrast to the spontaneously brushed landscape, is a careful study in meticulous rendering, the lotus theme repeating on the molded panels on the reverse side and surrounding a centered six-character mark. Measuring 8″ in diameter and, other than a few rim frits filled, in great condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.
An especially fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period snuff bottle in the form of a baluster vase and decorated in underglaze blue with peasants within a classic landscape and a scholar in his study, the bottom centered with a Yongzheng mark and of the period. Despite it being only 2″ tall, as much care and attention was lavished on its decoration as if it were a temple vase. Minor frit at the rim color filled and faint lines sealed in the body . The stopper and spoon, if not original, is a very old replacement. A rare survivor indeed. Circa 1730. $1280.00
A strikingly beautiful Chinese export porcelain 11 1/4″ rimmed saucer dish painted in a vibrant underglaze cobalt blue with a lone scholar walking through a mountainous landscape, a waterfall nearby with fish bounding upstream, all within a narrow border rendered with flowering prunus and peony branches, this motif repeating on the reverse. A harmonious composition, and a finely crafted piece of porcelain with a luminous glaze typical of the best production of this period. Very good condition with only three minute rim frits and a restored chip to the reverse. Early Kangxi circa 1670. $5,800.00
A very fortuitous find to compliment our Nicholas Brown part tea set, this very fine grouping of Chinese export teawares for the American market bears the same double-heart decoration as the Nicholas Brown service, and with no wonder, as it was made for one of Nicholas’ early business partner John Rogers (1756-1810). Rogers was a sixth generation descendant of Thomas Rogers, a Mayflower passenger and signer of the Mayflower compact. The Rogers were amongst the earliest settlers in Rhode Island, arriving in Newport around 1638. John Rogers was an original partner in the Providence firm of Brown, Rogers and Benson. This firm was the predecessor to Brown and Ives, a powerful banking and mercantile company originally built around the China Trade, but transitioning to investment in American cotton spinning mills by the mid 19th century. John married Elizabeth Rodman Rogers, hence the initials on this set of JER. This service was undoubtedly ordered at the same time as the Nicholas and Anne Brown monogrammed service given the close business and social circles that connected the Brown and Rogers families. Very good condition. Old restoration to pitcher where the handle meets the top of the body, otherwise very good condition with bright enamels and gilding. Coffeepot SOLD. Pieces priced individually. Circa 1800.