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13″ Kangxi Covered Vases #5061

A very impressive pair of 13″ Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period vases of ribbed form resting upon slightly flared bases, each decorated in underglaze blue with shaped reserves against a lattice ground, and each reserve featuring a flower representing one of the four seasons; lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and prunus. The floral motif continues with peony and molded lotus petal bands around the neck, cover and base. Minor restoration to covers and necks of both vases, and the corner of one base, and some very minor glaze fritting as can be expected,  otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690.

 

 

 

Superlative Pair of Kangxi Covered Jars #5045

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.

Impressive Qianlong Period Tureen #5038

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.

Wonderful Silver-Mount Kangxi Spirits Barrel #5014 Sold

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

Very Fine Kangxi Saucer Dish #4985B

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.

Very Fine Kangxi Saucer Dish #4985A

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.

Marked Yongzheng Period Snuff Bottle

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

Early Kangxi Period Dish #4971

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


American Market/Rhode Island Rogers Tea Wares #4926

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.

Fine Blue Fitzhugh Armorials #4943c

A very fine group of four Chinese export porcelain Blue Fitzhugh armorial plates bearing the Arms of Dawe. Beautifully decorated in a striking underglaze blue highlighted with gilding, the finely detailed four quadrants of peony and ‘precious objects’ surrounding the central arms. Measuring 10″ in diameter, very good condition and dating to circa 1800. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 690. Net 1050.00 each.