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Rare PAIR of MacDonald Armorial Pickle Dishes #4178

A charming and finely made pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial leaf-form pickle dishes bearing the Scottish Arms of MacDonald, most likely in accollee with that of Forbes. From a service made for Sir Alexander MacDonald, 9th baronet; the arms consisting of two shields with a crest beneath a tree from which a banner hangs with the family motto, all within an outer grapevine border and a second crest and banner centered at the top. It is amazing that the same attention to detail was applied in painting a          4 1/4″ long pickle dish as was applied to the grander forms of the service. One dish with a minute rim frit, otherwise very good condition. The armorial illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain,  Vol. I, page 279. Circa 1785.

 

 

Extremely Rare Canadian Armorial Plate #7025

A very rare Chinese export porcelain plate made for the Canadian market, centered with the arms of a Canadian trading company. The armorial design features a central shield with images of the four sources of wealth of the Canadian trade: whale, fish, beaver and mink, with human supporters in the form of Britannia  with a ship’s mast, a cornucopia at her feet, and the “noble savage” of the wilderness with his bow, arrows, beaver, and a black bear, the crest rendered as a globe surmounted by a trading ship. All within diapered and spearhead borders in underglaze blue. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, Page 715. Circa 1795.

 

Sauce Tureen with Boston/Fanueil Provenance #6085

A fine Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureen and stand decorated in underglaze blue with a rather rare landscape view, and with each piece also bearing a small armorial crest of a lion rampant. The crest derives from an English family into which Mary Fanueil Bethunes married and the service descended in the Fanueil family. She was a descendant of the famous Fanueil family of Boston, prominent merchants of Huguenot descent and creators of the well-known Fanueil Hall which still stands as a centerpiece of Boston’s downtown. The unusual decoration is discussed in Ayers’ China for the West, Vol. II, page 546 where the rather singular rendering of the large thatched structure is conjectured to be an actual building taken from a drawing, perhaps someplace along the Pearl River in the environs of Canton. Measuring approximately 8″ long, the piece is in very good condition. It includes a second sauce tureen and stand, which is damaged, but presents well to form as pair. Circa 1790.   #3800.00

Goldsborough of Maryland #6086 Sold

One of the most elegant Chinese export porcelain armorial services made for the American market, this pair of fluted rim plates is centered at the top of each rim with the Arms of Goldsborough, a great Maryland family whose prominent members included a lawyer and member of the Continental Congress, a Federalist governor of Maryland and a naval officer. The service is beautifully painted in famille rose enamels with central scenes of courtly Mandarin ladies taking their leisure on garden terraces, the elaborate borders with raspberry diapering, gilded reserves and exotic birds amongst branches and bamboo. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1800-1815.

Fine Pair of Armorial Crested Plates #6038 SOLD

A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal form dinner plates, hand-painted in a brilliant undeglaze blue with a classic Chinese landscape within a diapered cavetto with floral reserves, the rim with exquisitely rendered flowering sprigs and branches, the top centered with a family’s armorial crest of a seated hound. This pair obviously once part of a noble’s extensive dinner service, most likely the Arms of Proctor, the quality of the potting, the glaze and the meticulous painting suggest a date earlier rather than later in the 18th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ across, and in excellent condition. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 128. Circa 1740.

English Armorial Soup Plate with Shipping Imagery #6075

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain 9″ soup plate made for the English market, bearing the Arms of MILLS impaling WEBBER, centered with a quatrefoil reserve decorated with a scene of a European gentleman walking along the banks of a river, a walled and towered town on the opposite side, while the rim is decorated with two reserves featuring Western ships entering harbors, the rim top featuring the family’s crest of a lion rampant, the bottom centered with the arms. The use of the porcelain white space sets off the famille rose designs beautifully. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 325. This piece with a history of descent in the family of  Robert Treat Paine of Boston. Glaze line and very minor rim frit, otherwise quite fine condition. Another available to make a pair. Circa 1745.

 

Fine Yongzheng Period Armorial Plate #6066 SOLD

An especially beautiful, early Yongzheng period armorial plate, made for the Anglo-Indian market as it bears the ARMS OF  STACKHOUSE, almost certainly made for John Stackhouse, Governor and President of Bengal (1732-1739) and who is buried in St. John’s Church, Calcutta.  The plate is centered with a flamboyant central arms rendered in the newly developed famille rose enamels, encircled within a lavishly detailed, gilded foliate cavetto border and with an outer rim of gilded peonies, all finished with a further gilded scrolling foliate edge. Outstanding painting and quality, in good condition with only small reverse chips filled and a short hairline consolidated. To make the piece even more interesting, it is said that the service was later used as payment of a gambling debt between the Prince Regent and the royal saddler David Pollock. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 223.

 

Rare 14″ Armorial Punch Bowl #6045

 

We are delighted to offer this rather rare, recently discovered Chinese export porcelain armorial punch bowl. The exterior a finely painted with Mandarin scenes, while the bottom of the interior is centered with a large and lavish armorial for the arms of Home quartering Pepdie with Landell in pretence beneath an earl’s coronet and with the lion supporters of the Earl of Home. Most likely made for William, the 8th Earl of Home who died in 1761.

This armorial is related to a grisaille service illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 350, but to our knowledge there are no known examples of this full scale arms with the coronet and lions on the market. We are very grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom and Howard who helped us identify this armorial and bring it to light.

The condition is good, with only three rim lines consolidated, some wear to the interior spearhead border, and the enamels slightly refreshed on the fantastic coat-of-arms. Beautiful large-scale Mandarin scenes with landscapes surrounding the exterior in vibrant famille rose enamels. 14″ in diameter. Circa 1750-1760.

 

 

Figure of Hope, Kerr-Martin Armorial #6040

A fine example of the very well-known armorial Kerr-Martin service, this Chinese export porcelain reticulated plate bears the central design of an image of Hope with her anchor leaning against a large oval shield bearing the families’ arms, while reserves around the reticulated border contain images representing the Four Continents.