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Exquisite Transitional Period Ling Long Bowl #6036

A mind-boggling tour-de-force of the potter’s art, this octagonal form Ling-Long or “Devil’s Work” bowl is fantastically decorated in underglaze blue with landscape roundels, alternating with roundels of precisely hand-cut latticework. In amazingly fine condition considering its age and delicacy, made in the Transitional period, circa 1740. A masterpiece to hold in one’s hand at 3 1/4″ across. Ex-Chait Collection.

 

 

 

Kangxi Pair of Lotus Form Dishes #6035B

Along with Item #6035A, we offer here a second pair of fine Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain lotus form plates decorated in underglaze blue and centered with flowering peony, chrysanthemums, crickets and butterflies, the flora and fauna motif continuing on the border, each lotus petal a panel filled with a profusion of blossoms, birds, insects and Mandarin ducks, the rim edged with a cafe-au-lait glaze, popular with the Dutch market of the period. Very good condition, measuring 9″ across and dating to circa 1690.        $1,450.00 each.

Kangxi Pair of Lotus Form Dishes #6035A

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lotus form dishes, decorated in underglaze blue and centered with a profusion of flowering peony and chrysanthemums, crickets and butterflies amongst rockwork, the flora and fauna motif continues on the paneled border, each lotus petal painted with a vibrant natural vignette, the rim edged with a cafe-au-lait glaze, popular with the Dutch market. Fine quality and in excellent condition. Measuring 9″ across and dating to circa 1690.  $1,450.00 each.

 

Fine Group of Kangxi Plates #6033

These wonderful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi plates have the fine potting, brilliant glaze and vibrant cobalt blue decoration for which this period is so well known. The unusual design is a veritable riot of flowers with a central roundel of flowering plants within a densely packed border of blossoms, the motif continuing around the rim with a profusion of buds, blossoms and leaves. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, described in Dutch VOC inventories as a “Double Plate”. One with a line to the reverse, sealed, and very, very minor rim roughness as can be expected, but otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690. $650.00 each.

Fine Pair of CHAPMAN Armorials

A fantastic example of Chinese export special order armorial porcelain made for the English market, these fine plates are from a service bearing the Arms of Chapman quarterly impaling Wood quarterly with Edmundson in pretence. These elaborate and flamboyantly rendered arms with their Latin motto fill the well of the plate within a gilded spearhead cavetto border, the rim decorated with an understated rendering of elegant flowering peony branches in bianco-sopra-bianco. Services such as these were de rigueur status symbols for the English nobility of the 18th century, advertising their wealth and connections. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 411. Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1740.

 

Qianlong Famille Rose “Ho-Ho” Boys Plate

A charming Chinese export porcelain Qianlong period plate, richly decorated with famille rose enamels, centered with a lobed medallion with two ‘Ho-Ho” boys clinging to scrolling vines that make their way out to fill the border with vibrant pink and red peony blossoms. Measuring 8 3/4″ and in very good condition. Circa 1745. $1,380.00

Kangxi Famille Verte Plate #6032

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate, decorated with famille verte enamels with a central scene of a scholar in his studio pondering through his window a courtly lady walking below in a terraced garden. He is poised with pen and paper; perhaps her beauty is distracting his work, or, inspiring it? All within a vibrant foliate border. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1700-1720. $1,480.00

Rare Guangxu Mark & Period Dragon Dishes #6023Sold

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.