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Yongzheng Famille Rose Chargers #6025

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

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.

Cockerel Wine Pot #4982

An especially charming and whimsical Chinese export porcelain wine pot in the form of a cockerel, brilliantly enameled, with his striped tail feathers forming the handle. Measuring 6 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and with restoration to the feet, beak and nozzle, otherwise good condition and a rare form. First half of the 18th century.

 

 

Blanc de Chine Figure of Adam #6005

A very rare Chinese export porcelain Dehua blanc de chine figure of a standing male, variously called either a ‘slave’  or a ‘figure of  Adam’. There is also a female version described as ‘Eve’. Figures such as these were popular with Europeans who became interested in various cultures and their costumes (or lack thereof) as colonial expansion moved around the globe. A similar example is in the Peabody Essex Museum, and are mentioned in the 1721 inventory of  Augustus the Strong. Illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, page 93.  Measuring 9″ tall, with very minor chips to the back of the base and a faint glaze line going down the middle of the back, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi, circa 1700-1720.

Rare “Sample” Cup & Saucer #6010

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain coffee can and saucer, variously decorated with different types of border designs, obviously intended as a “sample” to demonstrate to customers in the West the capabilities of , and styles available from, the Chinese decorators in Canton. Interesting to note that the patterns being offered are mostly European in style. The saucer measuring 5 1/4″ in diameter and with two small rim pieces out re-stuck along with three small rim chips, all restored, otherwise, both pieces in good condition. Similar example at Historic Deerfield. Circa 1800-1820.

 

Pair of Early Famille Rose Plates #6007

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain barbed edge plates, elaborately decorated in famille rose enamels with a central shaped medallion of peony and prunus against a swirling foliate blue ground, the cavetto with a ring of lotus, and the shaped rim repeating  the peony and lotus motif again against a blue ground. All richly enameled, “proud” of the surface. Illustrated in Williamson’s book on superlative examples of early famille rose.Very good condition, measuring 9″ in diameter, and dating to circa 1735-1745.

Pair of Crane Figures #6020

A very decorative pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of cranes perched against rockwork, measuring about 16″ tall, nicely modeled and elegant of form. Good condition. Late 19th/early 20th century.

 

American Market Carrington Plates #s 6012, 6013

Two very fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market with a direct association to one of the most prominent early New England China Traders. These plates are from a service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, Rhode Island (1775-1843). He was a hugely successful China Trade merchant, shipping magnate, and one time Consul to Canton from 1802-1810. His luxurious home still stands in Providence today, a testament to his status and wealth. Each plate measures 7 1/2″ in diameter and is centered with a patriotic American eagle with a halo of stars, the border elaborately decorated in a sepia and raspberry grapevine pattern. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 128. One plate with very minor rim flakes and a small line to the reverse rim sealed, otherwise fine condition. Circa 1805.  Priced individually.

Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #6017

An exquisite example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Dutch market, this very fine armorial plate is from a service created for a marriage between the  De Neufville and De Wolff families. It is centered with an elaborately painted double arms within a jewel-like diapered cavetto, the outer rim decorated with various Chinese ‘precious objects’ and floral motifs and centered at the top with a family crest. The two families were very wealthy Mennonite silk merchants.  Measuring 9″ in diameter, and with two very minor flakes and and a glaze line to the reverse, otherwise in very fine condition. Illustrated and discussed in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 126. Circa 1725-1730.