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Important American Market Cider Jug 10″ #7064 ( 1 of 2)

A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug made for the American market with an early naval and maritime connection. One of two cider jugs (see Item #7063) made for Henry Eckford (1775-1832) a Scottish immigrant who became one of America’s finest shipbuilders and designers. Eckford trained with his uncle in Quebec before re-locating to New York in 1796 where he rapidly gained a reputation as a brilliant shipwright and organizer whose quality ships helped New York gain an ascendancy over Philadelphia as America’s leading port. He built ships for John Jacob Astor’s burgeoning trading empire and, during the War of 1812, he won a contract from the U.S. government to build ships on the Great Lakes. He prospered greatly and had a grand house in New York and when financial reversals struck, he rebuilt his fortunes by constructing a 26-gun corvette, sailing it to Constantinople, and selling it to Sultan Mahmud II for $150,000.00. He was a great favorite of the Sultan’s and gained further commissions from him before succumbing to cholera in 1832, his body returning to New York aboard the ship Henry Eckford.

This finely painted jug displays a roundel with the gilded monogram of Henry Eckford, alternating with famille rose bouquets, the rim and cover with elaborately gilded borders on an orange ground. Measuring 10″ tall .   Restoration to rim of spout, small line to the handle and line to base , and re-touch to the gilding. Circa 1805.

 

 

Extremely RARE PRONK Vase

Once part of an even more dramatic five piece garniture set, this magnificent Chinese export porcelain Pronk  baluster form vase is decorated with botanical images of juicy currants against a striking black ground. Not only is the vase European-inspired in form, but the images are taken from prints  after watercolors by Dutch artist Sybille Merian and even the acanthus-bordered foot is after Western designs. Measuring an impressive 11 1/2″ tall and in good condition with the exception of retouch to enamel loss, especially on the black background. Circa 1745.

 

Mark and Period Daoguang Period Dragon Bowl #7053

An especially fine Chinese porcelain bowl, beautifully potted, glazed in ‘Imperial Yellow’ and incised with dragons amongst swirling crowds to the exterior, a band of waves encircling the foot. With a Daoguang mark in underglaze blue to the reverse (1821-1850). Measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition.

 

 

Highly Unusual American Market Pair of Saucers #7067

A rather unusual pair of Chinese export porcelain 5 1/4″ saucers almost certainly made for the American market decorated with a military officer in a plumed hat mounted upon a white horse next to a standard bearer carrying a spear-tipped staff flying the American flag. What we find a conundrum is why these soldiers bearing this flag are Chinese? Both pieces in very good condition with a gilded spearhead border. Probably Centennial pieces made for the American market.

Large Pair of Qianlong Period Lotus Saucer Dishes #7039

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain saucer dishes decorated in famille rose enamels, each centered with a flowering tree of peonies (The Queen of the Flowers, symbol of wealth and nobility) within a beautifully painted border of lotus petals  (the symbol of purity). Some minor re-touch to the enamels, otherwise very good condition and measuring approximately 11 in diameter. Circa 1745.

Fantastic Equestrian 14” Punch Bowl #7065

A beautiful and classic Chinese export porcelain punch bowl decorated with finely rendered sepia roundels with equestrian images taken from English prints of the period. Overglaze blue enamel and gilt borders  complete the design, a grapevine border edges the interior rim which is centered with a basket of flowers. This design was popular in America in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states where an English aristocratic country lifestyle was emulated. Of nice size and proportions, measuring 14″ in diameter, and with a hairline sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1790.

 

Rare American Market-ROSS of Philadelphia Reticulated Undertray #7066

A rather rare find for us, this attractive Chinese export porcelain reticulated undertray with blue diapered border, centered with a sunburst roundel, bears the family crest of JOHN ROSS of  Philadelphia. Ross was a very wealthy and prominent merchant and played an important role in the Revolution being by the Continental Congress to resource crucial war supplies and materiel for the Continental Army. To our knowledge most of the pieces from this service are in museum collections and seldom comes on the market.

Fine PAIR of 6 1/2″ Tobacco Leaf Plates #7006

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge plates richly decorated in famille rose enamels in the famous Tobacco Leaf pattern, noted for it’s exuberant and colorful foliate decoration. Measuring 6 1/2″ in diameter, with a star crack to the reverse of one plate sealed and slight stacking wear to both, but otherwise in good condition. Circa 1760-1780.

 

Very Fine Mahout Plate #7057c

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain ‘Mahout’ plate made for the Indian Market. The well-potted shaped plate is decorated in famille rose enamels and centered with a lobed and barbed roundel with an image of a Mahout on his elephant  in reserve against  a densely painted floral ground rendered in bianco-sopra-bianco enamels with polychrome highlights. The white-white effect very well painted and in excellent condition virtually resembling lace upon the surface of the plate. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Late 18th century.

 

Impressive CATESBY-JONES Platter & Mazzarene #7049

A very beautiful and quite impressive Chinese export porcelain rimmed serving platter and matching mazzarene from a service made for Thomas ap Catesby-Jones (1790-1858). He trained with Isaac Hull and Stephen Decatur at Norfolk, VA before embarking on an active career in the U.S. Navy-suppressing slave traders, piracy and smuggling, and commanding the Pacific Squadron in 1825,1842 and 1844. The elegant central cartouche is surmounted by an eagle’s head crest and bears the initials of Thomas and his wife Mary and all is edged by a rich grapevine border. Measuring 17″ x 14 1/2″ and in very good condition. Circa 1825.