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Especially Fine Pair of American Ship Tankards

An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain strap-handled tankards finely decorated with an image of a three-masted ship, its sails furled, flying two American flags. Measuring 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a line to the interior of one which does not show through. Otherwise, virtually pristine decoration, a great example of American pride in the new Republic, circa 1800. Priced individually.  Hold

 

 

Extremely Rare ‘Chief Seattle’ 6″ Plate

An incredibly rare Chinese export porcelain American market commemorative ‘Chief Seattle’ plate, bearing the central image of Chief Seattle (178?-1866) seated within a prunus and bamboo roundel, his name inscribed above on a small banner, all within a blue enameled interlocking ring cavetto border, the rim with gilded branches of peony. Chief Seattle led the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes as the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the greater Seattle area in the 1850s. Baptized Noah by Catholic missionaries, Chief Seattle was regarded as a firm friend of the white settlers who named the region’s future central city in his honor. He was a respected leader among the Salish tribes, signing the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 which relinquished tribal claims to most of the area, and opposing Native American attempts to dislodge settlers during the “Indian wars” of 1855-1856.  He retired to the Suquamish Reservation at Port Madison, and died there on June 7 1866. It is most likely that this plate was a commemorative piece on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Chief Seattle, though, is most famous for a speech he made around 1854 when the United States government aggressively offered to buy two million acres of land  then occupied by native people in the Northwest. The speech was Seattle’s reply to President Franklin Pierce’s “offer” to buy the land and it has been described as one of the most beautiful and prophetic statements on the environment ever made.

Measuring 6″ in diameter with two very small line s to the reverse sealed. A remarkably rare image and tribute to a great Native American to be found on Chinese export, or anywhere for that matter.

 

Exceptional Kangxi Famille Verte 13 13/4″ Dish Charger #4920

A truly exceptional Chinese export porcelain 13 3/4″ dish charger decorated in vibrant famille verte enamels with a central scene of two birds amongst flowering peony, the border with elaborately decorated alternating panels of floral and landscape vignettes and exotic creatures and mythical beasts. Note the calligraphic ease and facility with which these characters and decoration are rendered; truly a design you can get lost in! Very good condition with only minor rim roughness to the glaze. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.

Very Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Kendi #7226

A very beautiful and desirable form, this wonderful Chinese export porcelain famille verte kendi is a pouring vessel adapted from a Japanese form. It is molded around the lower body with panels meant to resemble lotus petals-a symbol of purity- and this motif is continued with the spout which is cleverly fashioned to resemble an actual lotus bud, the rest of the decoration is finely rendered with flowering peony blossoms. Measuring 8″ tall, the piece is in good condition for its age with only a line to the neck of the vessel and various small rim frits restored. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.

Yongzheng Armorial Teapot #7246

A very fine Chinese export porcelain famille rose armorial teapot made for the English market bearing the Arms of Perceval within a central roundel on one side and a lush peony blossom on the reverse, as well as some rather spectacularly hand-painted diapering. This teapot belong to one of seven services ordered by the Perceval family.  Sir John Perceval, 5th Baronet, MP for Cork and for Harwich was created an English peer as Viscount Perceval in 1723. In 1732 he was appointed the First President of the State of Georgia and in 1734 he was raised to the Earldom of Egmont. When he was raised to the earldom his eldest and only son, also John, took the courtesy title of viscount and it is most likely then that this tea service was ordered.  Measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and in good condition with only some glaze loss to the handle. Circa 1734. Illustrated and fully discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 174.

Great American Market 6″ Eagle-Decorated Plate #7079

A beautiful little example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this finely decorated plate is centered with a sepia eagle taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, bearing an E Pluribus Unum banner in its beak and supporting a shield with the original owner’s initial M, all within the vibrant enameling of the Green Fitzhugh decoration. Measuring 6″ in diameter and in good condition with only two very short lines to the reverse rim sealed and gilding re-touched.  Circa 1820.

Superb Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte Plates #7230

A really fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plates, decorated in famille verte enamels, each with a central scene of a scholar on horseback with his attendant beside him, leaving his walled compound on his way to take his exams, a scholar’s table and scholarly attributes in the background alluding to his journey and future. Further attributes alternate with decorative cartouches around the rim. The reverse centered with an underglaze blue ‘archaic vessel’ mark within a double ring, peony blossoms around the rim. Both in good condition and measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1700-1720.

Rare Design American Market Eagle -Decorated Double-Handled Cup #7078

A rare and beautifully decorated double-handled chocolate cup made for the American market, painted with the most accurate version of the Great Seal of the United States on Chinese export porcelain. This service was ordered by Henry Smith (1766-1818) from Providence RI , who was super cargo on the ship George Washington in the mid-1790s. By 1799 Smith was a Providence merchant, and in 1805 he was the fifth governor of Rhode Island. As none of his children lived to majority, the service was disbursed amongst relatives and ended up with a dissent in many prominent Providence families such as the Williams, Allens, Slaters, Smiths and Browns. Examples of this service rarely appear on the market. In good condition with a central crack restored. Measuring 2 5/8″ x 5 3/4″.

 

Best example Le Pecheur Plate #4921

An exceptional example of a Chinese export porcelain plate in the famous Le Pecheur pattern, meticulously rendered en grisaille with  a western of a scene of a fisherman on a river bank, taken from a European engraving of the period-note the attention to detail with the Chinese painter capturing virtually every line of the print! This decoration is then complimented with some superb gilding. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1740-1745.

Very Fine Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #4922

A really stunning Yonzgheng period Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate made for the Dutch Market, of the best quality porcelain and decoration, centered with the Arms of Jan Albert Sichterman which features a large squirrel in profile grasping a nut against a patterned gilded within a rather regal armorial cartouche. Fully illustrated and discussed in Kroe’s book on Chinese armorial porcelain for the Dutch market, page 130.  Very good condition, and with an intriguingly old collection sticker on the reverse. Circa 1730.