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.
A very elegant pair of Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain 9″ plates, decorated in famille rose enamels, each centered with a noble arms surmounted by a coronet crest, the rims with beautifully shaded branches of flowering peony. Bearing the arms of Bouczo de Rongouet and identified in Lebel’s Armoires Francaises et Suisses sur la Porcelaine de Chine au XVIIIe Siecle, page 204. In good condition with only a slight re-touch to the gilding, and one with a very faint hairline to the reverse rim of one. Circa 1730.
A great rare form with a wonderful provenance, this superb Chinese export porcelain Transitional period blue and white barrel form wine pot is decorated with birds amongst flowering branches issuing from rockwork, the neck with a band of floral scrollwork, the cover decorated the same with lotus, the handle and spout with stylized clouds. The reverse marked with an underglaze blue fu mark, and bearing the sale label from Christie’s Amsterdam famous sale of “The Property of Captain M. Hatcher” from June, 1984. Measuring 7″ high and in very good condition considering it having survived a ship wreck. Mid-17th century.
A very attractive Chinese export porcelain cut-corner bowl decorated in the Nanking pattern with charming Chinese riverscapes with pavilions and willows along the riverbanks in brilliant underglaze blue. Very good condition, 9 1/2″ square, circa 1800-1820. $975.00
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.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period flared rim bowl, thinly potted and beautifully decorated in underglaze blue with vignettes of courtly scenes, the rim with latticed decoration, and the interior with a charming scene of boys playing ball. The reverse with a six character mark within a double ring. Measuring 8″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1690.
A wonderful example of a the very well-known Ker-Martin service, made for the English market to commemorate the marriage of William Ker to his first cousin Jane Martin around 1790. What has always made this service so interesting and attractive is its design and iconography centered with a large image of Hope with her anchor leaning upon a large shield which bears the families’ arms. The fantastic border design contains four cartouches representing the four quarters of the globe-Europe, Asia, America and Africa, an allusion perhaps to Britain’s extensive colonial and mercantile empire at the time. The 9″ diameter bowl is of molded and scalloped form, the rim with a line, and a piece out and restored, but otherwise good condition, especially the great decoration for which this service is so sought-after. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 694. Ex-Elinor Gordon collection. Circa 1790-1800.
An especially fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period blue and white plate, decorated with a bird perched upon rockwork amongst flowering branches within a very meticulously rendered diapered cavetto, the outer rim with four groups of flowering branches. The quality of the glaze, the intensity of the the cobalt blue, and the sophistication of the painting are superlative. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter, in very good condition, dating to circa 1730.
Armorial Cups and Saucers
A very well painted Chinese Export porcelain pair of handled cups and saucers made for the Dutch market. Bearing the Arms of Certon with ornnate rims of rococo shell, scroll and foliate motifs. Circa 1760, very good condition, the cup 3″ tall, the saucer is 5-1/4″ in diameter. Illustrated in Dr. Joachem Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market pp 338-339.
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.