A striking pair of beautifully modeled Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureens in the form of pomegranates, each decorated in brilliant underglaze blue with riverscapes and floral designs, the star-shaped crown of each fruit forming the piece’s handle, and the covers of each with a applied gilded vine going into three embossed pomegranates bursting with seeds. Each approximately 6″ x 6″. Minor restoration to a small piece of each crown, otherwise very good condition, beautiful deep blue color and gilding. Charming fruit and vegetable form tablewares were a novel trend in the mid-late 18th century and similar concepts were executed by many of the European porcelain factories of the time. Circa 1760.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.