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Export for the Russian Imperial Market-PAIR of Catherine the Great Plates #7070

An outstanding pair of Chinese export porcelain dinner plates from a service made for Catherine the Great of Russia, each centered with the Imperial double-headed eagle supporting a shield with an image of St. George slaying the dragon. The rim with a delicate ribbon and flowering vine-entwined border, a device most likely from French or English ceramics of the period. Catherine the Great (1729-1796) reigned from 1762 and is Russia’s longest reigning female monarch, responsible for expanding and westernizing her country. Measuring  9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1780. Priced individually.





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

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 Pair of CHAPMAN Armorials

A fantastic example of Chinese export special order armorial porcelain made for the English market, these fine plates are from a service bearing the Arms of Chapman quarterly impaling Wood quarterly with Edmundson in pretence. These elaborate and flamboyantly rendered arms with their Latin motto fill the well of the plate within a gilded spearhead cavetto border, the rim decorated with an understated rendering of elegant flowering peony branches in bianco-sopra-bianco. Services such as these were de rigueur status symbols for the English nobility of the 18th century, advertising their wealth and connections. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 411. Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1740.


Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #6017

An exquisite example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Dutch market, this very fine armorial plate is from a service created for a marriage between the  De Neufville and De Wolff families. It is centered with an elaborately painted double arms within a jewel-like diapered cavetto, the outer rim decorated with various Chinese ‘precious objects’ and floral motifs and centered at the top with a family crest. The two families were very wealthy Mennonite silk merchants.  Measuring 9″ in diameter, and with two very minor flakes and and a glaze line to the reverse, otherwise in very fine condition. Illustrated and discussed in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 126. Circa 1725-1730.


Fine Late Yongzheng Dutch Armorial #5072

A very handsome late Yongzheng/early Qianlong period Chinese export porcelain Dutch armorial dinner plate centered with the Arms of De Jonge, finely enameled and gilded, within a cavetto border and rim decoration of meticulously painted underglaze blue floral designs. Peony blossoms and butterflies are scattered about the rim on the reverse. The arms were borne by Cornelis de Jonge (1687-1743), a VOC official in Bengal, and also by his son Dr. Christian de Jonge (1730-1790). Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in good condition with the exception of a small rim line sealed. Circa 1735-1740. Illustrated in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 198.

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.

Fine English Market Hanbury Armorial

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain  9″ armorial plate, made for the English market, centered with the very grand Arms of Hanbury in pretence with Comyn, this plate was part of a service ordered by prominent London Quaker merchant John Hanbury (1700-1758). According to Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 265, “This famous ‘Virginia Merchant’ was granted very considerable lands in Maryland and Virginia, and aroused animosity among his Quaker friends for permitting slavery on his estates”. Please note the exquisitely wrought gilded grapevine borders, virtually untouched from the day the service was unpacked on the East India docks! Yongzheng period, circa 1735.