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
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.
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.
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.
This wonderful Kangxi period Chinese export blue and white porcelain molded soup dish has an exuberant design centered with a phoenix amongst flowering peony branches encircled within a swirled lobed rim with alternating panels of further peony branches and a tree with a small monkey sitting in its branches. The finely painted peony motifs continue on a reverse with a small lotus blossom centers the bottom. Very well potted, with only a short rim line consolidated, otherwise very good condition. 8 1/2″ in diameter. Circa 1690.
A very beautiful and well-known early Chinese export porcelain armorial soup plate made for the English bearing the arms of GODFREY, decorated with a meticulous underglaze blue foliate border of peony, pine and prunus, centered at the top with a black-a-moor crest, the central design a famille rose armorial. Most likely ordered for the family by a cousin who was serving as a supercargo in Canton in 1728, making this an early example of the use of the newly developed famille rose palette. See Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 172. One of several export services ordered for the Godfrey family. Piece out of the rim and put back, some wear to enamels, otherwise good condition. 8 1/2″. Yongzheng period, circa 1728. $1050.00
An absolutely extraordinary pair of Chinese export porcelain blue and white ewers. The typically beautiful Kangxi decoration of scenes of ladies at leisure in a garden and antique and precious objects within lappet borders is applied to the highly sculptural form of a Portuguese ewer with its very dramatic highly looped handle, most likely after a late Renaissance or early Baroque silver shape. Approximately 8″ in height. Excellent condition, circa 1690-1700.