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Fine Chinese Export Gilt Silver Tea Caddy #7001

Another elaborate and finely made Chinese export gilded silver mesh tea caddy (see our other Item #7000) with beautifully enameled flowering branches of prunus and song birds within shaped reserves alternating with prunus blossoms and inset hardstones. Note the detail of the filigreed wire around the cover and base. Measuring 6″ x 6″ and in good condition. Late 19th/early 20th century.   $1750.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautifully carved Carved Screens #7003 Sold

A very finely carved pair of diminutive Chinese export table screens, each elaborately carved stand supporting an equally well-made frame inset with a thin stone panel or ‘dreamstone’. Traditionally used in scholars’ studios, the stone panels especially chosen to resemble landscapes for contemplation and inspiration. Measuring 10″ x 6″, both with minor restorations to the woodwork, one with a very small line to the corner of one stone, otherwise good condition and ready to inspire. Late 19th century.

Pair of Mandarin Plates #6065 Sold

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain plates each decorated with finely detailed Mandarin scenes of figures in landscapes, all within colorfully enameled double borders of flowers, butterflies and lotus. Each measuring 8″ in diameter; one with a glaze line to the reverse which does not show through to the front, otherwise both in fine condition. Circa 1820.

 

Pair of Rockefeller Dinner Plates # 106, 78 SOLD

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain 9 3/4″ dinner plates finely decorated in the Rockefeller pattern with hand-rendered scenes of Mandarin life; one a detailed image of a lady and attendant in a rather rich interior, the other, of a scholar peering from his window at a fisherman and wood-gatherers, all within rich gilded borders. Very good condition. Circa 1795.

Rockefeller Pattern Oval Reticulated Tray #338 SOLD

A fine Chinese export porcelain oval reticulated tray decorated in the famous Rockefeller pattern with a very finely rendered central scene of a scholar and his attendants alongside a waterfall, with some quite fantastical rockwork. Measuring 8″ x 10″,  in very good condition, and dating to circa 1795.

Very rare Hanging Baskets #6022 SOLD

A pair of extremely rare survivors, this pair of beautifully reticulated Chinese export hanging baskets are decorated in soft famille rose enamels and gilding and still have their original reticulated porcelain hanging chains and yokes! A true tour-de-force of the potter’s craft, these Qianlong period baskets remain in remarkably good condition with only one of the gilded hooks restored and one of the chain links made-up, otherwise all in good order, and with their own custom display stands. Measuring 11 1/4″ without the stand and approximately 4 1/8″ in diameter.  18th century.

 

Qianlong Period Tureen & Stand #5097 Sold

A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain covered tureen and matching stand, decorated in famille rose enamels with some of the loveliest classic riverscape scenes with elegant pavilions and pagodas amongst finely enameled and detailed foliage. Complimenting the beautiful painting, is the finely cast European silver-form shapes, the richly gilded borders, the hares’ head handles and and pomegranate knop. All in excellent condition, the undertray measuring 14″ across, the tureen 12″, and bearing an old dealer’s label with a price of $35,000 (we can do a bit better than that). Circa 1760.

 

EXTREMELY RARE “Dutch Embassy” Punch Bowl #6000

A very, very rare 15″ Chinese export porcelain punch bowl, decorated in famille rose enamels and depicting an unusual view of a company of  European style horsemen riding through a landscape of classic Chinese rock formations and beneath a tree with branches laden with preposterously over-sized blossoms. The sixteen characters are as varied as the colorful mounts they ride as there are officers with swords drawn, a standard bearer, a drummer and trumpeter, as well as a presumed merchant riding nonchalantly along having a smoke! The interior of the bowl as richly decorated, centered with a large floral bouquet at the bottom and rimmed with an elaborate foliate border.                                                                                               It has been suggested that this design represents the Dutch Embassy sent to China in the 1660s, and as the bowl stylistically dates more to the 1750s, that the piece was made to mark the centennial of that mission. Fully illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, Vol. I, pages 321-233. Restoration to a small part of the foot rim, otherwise good condition and a remarkable and rare bit of history of the China Trade. Circa 1755.