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Very Fine Yongzheng Famille RoseTea Bowl and Saucer #7281

A charming and finely made Chinese export Yongzheng tea bowl and saucer, decorated with two horses trotting through a landscape with mountains in the distance and the much revered peony blossoming in the foreground. Thinly potted and vibrantly enameled with the personality of each horse just beaming. The tea bowl 2 1/2″ in diameter, the saucer 4″, both in fine condition. Circa 1735.

Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Charger #7277

An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period charger decorated in Famille Verte enamels, centered with an elegantly rendered deer within a landscape, beneath a pine, abundant with ruyi, a crane flying overhead and with the outer border also painted with flying cranes as well. The crane, deer and ruyi all being auspicious symbols impart a hidden message of longevity and endurance that would have been apparent to the Chinese painter of this piece, but surely would have been lost on the European collector to whom it was exported. Either way, a very fine piece, the vibrantly enameled figures standing out against the white porcelain ground. Measuring 15″ in diameter and with only a small chip and line to the reverse sealed, otherwise, very good condition. Circa 1700-1720.

Exquisite Pair of Famille Rose Botanical Plates #7267

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose plates, each decorated with finely rendered branches of roses in full bloom encircled within fanciful rococo rim borders and cavettos edged with a gilded spearhead design.The central design almost certainly taken from European botanical engravings of the period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition with only one chip to the reverse of each. Early Qianlong period, circa 1750-1760.

Rare Kangxi Period Armorial: The ‘Arms of Meade’ #7261 sold

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial plates made for the English market beautifully decorated with the Arms of Meade within a central roundel, surrounded by an intricately diapered cavetto border, the rim with scattered images of exotic fruits and flowers and surmounted by a gilded family crest. An old label on the reverse indicates a provenance from Century House in London, preeminent antiques dealers in the first third of the 20th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 198, where they date the service to the very end of the Kangxi reign; circa 1722 and we are grateful to Angela Howard  of Heirloom & Howard for information she has provided.

Very Fine Qianlong Mark and Period Bowl #7269

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Qianlong mark and period flared rim bowl with a deep cobalt monochrome exterior, the interior very well painted with stylized lotus and scrolling foliate ‘pencil’ decoration. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition with a clear, fine mark to the base. 1736-1795.

Fine Pair of Seton Armorial Shell-Shaped Dishes #7265 SOLD

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain shell-shaped armorial dishes, bearing the Arms of Seton-the fourth of five bespoke services made for this family! Most likely ordered by one of the brothers of John Henry Seton, 6th Baronet, as they were all involved with the English East India Company. Sir Henry was involved in the Peninsula Wars and was later a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria. This service, finely decorated with central Mandarin scenes within floral and butterfly borders, is illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 674, and we are grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom & Howard for her research. Measuring 9 1/2″ x 9″ and both in good condition with the exception of one small chip filled. Circa 1820.

Extremely Fine Pair of Yongzheng Period ‘Arms of Frederick’ Plates #7263A

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain early Yongzheng period armorial plates made for the English market, richly decorated and detailed with an elaborate central coat-of arms for the Frederick family, Baronets of Westminster, an early promoter of the South Sea Company. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a small chip to the reverse of one. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 202, and we are grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom & Howard for information she has provided. Circa 1724.

RARE Set of Borderless Mandarin Plates #7268 SOLD

A rare and unusual set of six Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates, decorated in the famille rose palette with vibrantly enameled courtly scenes, each plate depicting a different vignette as Mandarins in finely detailed robes move through scenes without any borders, the images rendered as paintings on porcelain without the usual confines of an encircling frame. What is as remarkable as the quality of the painting and unusual presentation is the fantastic condition of the pieces-six plates in very good condition with only a 1/2″ rim line on the reverse of one. Circa 1820.

 

Very Fine Kangxi period ‘Immortals’ Bowl #7273 SOLD

A very refined Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period molded lotus-form bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with a rim painted with images of ‘The Eight Immortals’, above a lower register of lotus petals, each rendered with alternating floral motifs, the interior rim with a stylized floral diapered border, the bottom with a central image of an Immortal seated upon a cloud. Other than a few very minor rim frits to the barbed rim, the piece is in excellent condition. Measuring 6″ in diameter and dating to circa 1690.

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