A dazzling set of three Chinese export silver compotes each with dramatically cast figures of dragons supporting lotus form shallow dishes, each lotus petal with different repousse Chinese designs of bamboo, prunus, peach, peony and pomegranate, the whole raised on wave-molded bases. Each piece marked for Wang Hing from Hong Kong, late 19th/early 20th century. A truly spectacular garniture of silver for one’s table or collection. The tallest centerpiece 7 1/2″ tall, the pair 5 1/2″. Excellent condition. Priced as a pair and a single piece.
Two very attractive Chinese export floral paintings on pith paper, custom mounted in a single frame with raw silk matting. All manner of flowers, remarkably rendered, in brilliant gouache in great detail. The pith paper, though fragile, was purposely used as it held the paint so beautifully as evidenced with these examples. Measuring 13″ x 8″ (images) and 37 1/2″ x 16″ overall. Some cracking to paper, otherwise beautiful colors and imagery. Circa 1840.
A very attractive Japanese Meiji period four panel screen depicting hand painted pine and prunus against a gilded cloud background mounted within a brocade mat and simple black frame. Measuring 37″ tall x 8′ 3″ wide. Originally used on the floor, but equally beautiful wall mounted, either way a very soothing and pleasing presence in any space. Minor imperfections and restorations commensurate with age, but overall good condition. Edo Period. $3800.
A truly lovely set of twelve Chinese signed floral watercolors on silk, illustrating Chinese Spring flowers. Each finely matted and mounted in a black and gold oxidized finish frame with a different flower, masterfully rendered and signed by artist Wu Meng Shu and dated 1905. Each measuring 10″ x 7 1/2″ (image), 16″ x 13″ framed. Each elegant, pleasing and soothing to study, and as a whole a beautiful presence in any room. Very good condition. Very good condition with only a slight foxing/stain to one. $9,000.00 the set.
A truly fine pair of beautifully rendered China Trade gouaches on paper depicting scenes of porcelain production. The soft colors and idyllic settings make for such pleasing images, part of a series that would have illustrated every aspect of porcelain making process, a window into the exotic world of China for those back home, or, a souvenir for those who made the difficult journey to reap the profits of the China Trade. Either way, these are fantastic representations some of the time-consuming and laborious tasks required to create some of the world’s most sought-after porcelain. One painting depicts the gathering of wood to create the bundles that fueled the kilns, and the other represents the mining of the china clay that went into the formula for hard paste porcelain. The size of these is far larger than most examples, and to have a pair is always great. Framed size 23″ x 28″, image size 14 1/2″ x 19 1/2″. Both handsomely matted and framed, some restoration and in-painting. Early 19th century.
A wonderfully luminous China Trade oil on canvas painting of a Chinese junk afloat along side the famous Dutch Folly Fort in the Pearl River, one of the best-known landmarks known to those engaged in the China Trade as they approached Canton. Rendered in a 15 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ oval mounted within a gilded “sand” mat and carved frame. Very good condition. 19th century. $1800.00
A very finely carved Chinese export tortoiseshell snuff box of convex form made to fit comfortably in a gentleman’s pocket. Richly detailed on every surface with Chinese figures in lush, exotic landscapes, carved in deep relief. The interior hinge engraved, “Lt. General Mawby”. Measuring 1″ tall x 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Second quarter of the 19th century.