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EXTREMELY Rare ‘Society of Cincinnati’ Plate SOLD

In close to forty years in business, this is the first opportunity we have had the pleasure of offering one of the rarest and most desirable icons of the China Trade and early American history: a very fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated with the emblem of the ‘Society of Cincinnati’. The Society was formed at the close of the Revolution by Major General Henry Knox for officers who had served three years or more in the Continental Army or Navy, as well as officers of certain rank in the French Army or Navy. The Society is still in existence today, its membership consisting of the direct male descendants of the original officers. One of these original members, Henry Lee, conceived of the idea of an extensive dinner service bearing the society’s insignia being held by a figure of Fame blowing her trumpet. He commissioned Major Samuel Shaw, the supercargo on the first American ship to trade with China, to order the dinner service(s) which he would share with General George Washington. Shaw returned on the ship PALLAS in 1785 with this order, of which this plate was part. The plate measures 9 5/8″ in diameter with a shaped and molded edge and a floral and butterfly border of underglaze blue, all centered with a finely rendered image of Fame and the Society’s insignia. In very fine condition with only the most minor of rim frits to the reverse, otherwise a superlative example. Bearing the collection sticker and inventory number on the reverse of Elinor Gordon of Vilanova, PA. Examples in the Metropolitan Museum and Winterthur to name a few. Circa 1785.

 

 

 

Great American Market Renshaw Platter and Mazzarene #5087

A wonderful example of Chinese export porcelain for the American market, this highly decorative Sepia Fitzhugh 16″ oval platter is magnificently handpainted and centered with the initials for Richard Renshaw Thomson (1799-1824) who was both agent for his father’s Philadelphia trading company, as well as American consul in Canton. Measuring 11″ x 16″ and in excellent condition. Circa 1820-24.

Rare and Fine Yongzheng Teapot #5074

A truly beautiful Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teapot decorated with famille rose enamels with the level of mastery and sophistication that exemplifies this period. Deftly painted with a bird upon a branch pondering a butterfly (almost as large as he is) amongst  a profusion of flowers and foliage. This charming vignette is repeated on both sides of the vessel with the leaf-shaped reserves separated by finely detailed scrolling foliate decoration and the cover with floating branches of peony and chrysanthemum. Measuring 4″ x 6 3/4″ and in good condition with the exception of  a minor rim frit and small chip to the reverse side of the cover. Circa 1730.

Early Qianlong 15″ Famille Rose Charger #5070 sold

A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain 15″ charger decorated in famille rose enamels with a flowering peony and prunus within a complex, richly enameled rim border of peonies in reserve against a ground of sepia spirals and pink cellwork. Note how the prunus branch goes off the edge and re-enters the space, a lovely elegant design. Very good condition, 15″ in diameter, circa 1745.

Fine Late Yongzheng Dutch Armorial #5072

A very handsome late Yongzheng/early Qianlong period Chinese export porcelain Dutch armorial dinner plate centered with the Arms of De Jonge, finely enameled and gilded, within a cavetto border and rim decoration of meticulously painted underglaze blue floral designs. Peony blossoms and butterflies are scattered about the rim on the reverse. The arms were borne by Cornelis de Jonge (1687-1743), a VOC official in Bengal, and also by his son Dr. Christian de Jonge (1730-1790). Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in good condition with the exception of a small rim line sealed. Circa 1735-1740. Illustrated in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 198.

Fine Yongzheng Armorial Saucer Dish #5071

A very elegant Chinese export porcelain saucer dish made for the     market bearing the conjoined arms of Jean-Charles de La Bistrate and his bride Anne -Marie Proli. Her father was a director of the Compagnie d’Ostende and after his death in 1733, his son continued many of his business affairs; it is most likely Ann-Marie’s brother who ordered the service as a wedding gift for his sister. Richly decorated and gilded with a central armorial within a jewel-like enameled diapered cavetto and an elaborate border around the rim of strapwork, foliate scrolls, shells and swags. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, and in good condition with only one small, faint rim line sealed. Circa 1735.

 

Qianlong Figural Candleholders #5058

A fine and rare couple of Chinese export porcelain figural candleholders fashioned in the form or court ladies each holding a lotus blossom, richly decorated in vibrant famille rose enamels, their lavish flowing robes designed with auspicious bats amongst clouds and peony blossoms  against a prunus and cracked ice ground, both ladies with capes of exotic peacock feathers. Figures such as these fed the European mania for all things Chinese and exotic and would have been part of any rich and fashionable interior of the time. Measuring 12″ tall and with restoration to the hands and lotus blossoms of both, as well as some minor re-touch to the edges of one lady’s robes, otherwise in good condition. Mid-18th century.

 

Fine Mandarin Cachepot and Stand #5067

A very lovely and very usable Chinese export porcelain cachepot and stand decorated in famille rose enamels with colorful Mandarin scenes, the rims with small blossoms and foliage. In very good condition and rare to have one with it’s stand. The cachepot measuring 5 1/8″  in diameter, and 4 1/4″ tall with its stand. Displays an orchid beautifully. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

13″ Kangxi Covered Vases #5061

A very impressive pair of 13″ Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period vases of ribbed form resting upon slightly flared bases, each decorated in underglaze blue with shaped reserves against a lattice ground, and each reserve featuring a flower representing one of the four seasons; lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and prunus. The floral motif continues with peony and molded lotus petal bands around the neck, cover and base. Minor restoration to covers and necks of both vases, and the corner of one base, and some very minor glaze fritting as can be expected,  otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690.