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Rare Guangxu Mark & Period Dragon Dishes #6023

A brilliant pair of Chinese porcelain saucer dishes with Guangxu marks and of the period, very finely crafted, the body thinly potted and subtly incised to the exterior with a wave pattern, decorated in a vibrant green enamel with dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl.  From the collection of  Baroness Giovanella Caetani who acquired the pieces during an ambassadorial visit to the Guangxu court, accompanying her husband the Belgian ambassador, where she was presented to the Dowager Empress Cixi, the Emperor Guangxu in attendance. Measuring 7 1/4″ in diameter. Rim line to one sealed, otherwise excellent condition. 1907-1908.

 

 

 

Rare Ker-Martin Bowl with the Symbol of Hope #6029

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.

Kangxi Famille Verte Teabowls & Saucers #6026 Sold

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte scalloped rim teabowls and saucers, decorated with images of a vase with flowering branches within a fan-shaped reserve against a ground with antique and precious objects, the reverse with floral sprigs, and centered with a small rabbit within double rings. Add to that a rather fine noble provenance as one of the teabowls bears the auction sticker of a sale at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough. That stately pile with its amazing architecture has hosted only one sale in its 300 year history of pieces from their extensive collections, and it appears these two fine teabowls were part of that sale.  The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the teabowl 1 1/2″ tall. In very good condition. Ex- Chait Collections. Circa 1700-1710.

 

 

Impressive Pair of Rockefeller Pattern Serving Dishes #341, 341.

A spectacular pair of Chinese export porcelain covered serving dishes, with their original liners, brilliantly decorated in the famous Rockefeller pattern, with fine famille rose Mandarin scenes, along with sepia landscape vignettes, all against a rich, meticulously rendered gilded foliate ground. In very good condition, and of impressive size and presence, measuring 6 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ x 10″.  Circa 1795.

 

Yongzheng Teabowl & Saucer #6028 Sold

A very finely potted and decorated Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teabowl and saucer, of shaped form, painted in a delicate famille rose palette with images of boaters, fishermen, and water fowl, the water strewn with rose-colored petals. The saucer measuring 5 1/8″ in diameter, the teabowl 3 1/2″, and in very fine condition with an ex-Chait Collection provenance. Fantastic quality as can be expected from this period. Circa 1730.

Classic Hunt Bowl #6027

A very fine Chinese export porcelain 12″ punch bowl decorated in famille rose enamels with various views of a fox hunt running through a landscape. The interior is centered with an image of a hunter pounding across the turf. The images almost certainly taken from sporting prints of the period.  Bowls of this type were imported into England, as well as the American mid-Atlantic states where an English aristocratic lifestyle and its pursuits were emulated. Measuring 12″ in diameter and in good condition with the exception of a 3 1/4″ line sealed. Circa 1760-1780.

 

Fine Mark & Period Kangxi Bowl #6003 Hold

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.

   

Yongzheng Famille Rose Chargers #6025 Sold

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period famille rose chargers decorated with a figure of Lan Tsai Ho, “the mountebank of the Eight Chinese Immortals”. She comes in many guises, often posing as a wandering minstrel, denouncing this fleeting life and its delusive pleasures. The basket of flowers she carries is full of plants associated with longevity. Here she floats on a leaf, centering two fine 14″ diameter chargers, the cavettos bordered with pink and green diapered panels, the outer rims with branches of flowering peony. One with a line sealed and enamels freshened, otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1735.

      

Very rare Hanging Baskets #6022 Hold

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.

 

Rare Large Transitional Vase #6021

A fine Chinese export porcelain Transitional period garlic necked vase of unusually large size, decorated in underglaze blue with scenes of scholars and their attendants within a landscape. Measuring an impressive 16 1/2″ tall, and in remarkably good condition. Circa 1640.