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Rare American Market Derby Soup Plate #6088

A very fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the early American republic, this beautiful soup plate is centered with a sepia image of HOPE and her anchor above a banner supported by palm fronds reading SPERO, the top of the rim centered with a gilded monogram of EHD for Elias Haskett Derby, one of the wealthiest and most prominent merchant traders of Salem, and, all of New England. This soup plate was part of the 272 piece service brought back by Derby from his maiden voyage to China in 1785-1786. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Examples to be found in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.

 

Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte Covered Ewers #6096

Of rare and beautiful form, these Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte covered ewers are each centered with a teardrop medallion against a stippled green ground with scattered prunus blossoms, the flat covers each with a single blossom of peony. Most likely made for the Persian market, and if not, then almost certainly after a Persian metal form. Each approximately 6 1/2″ tall; one with re-spray at the base of the handle, the other with re-spray to the base of the spout, otherwise in good condition. Circa 1700.

Impressive Pair of 14″ Landscape Chargers #6071

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain 14″ chargers finely decorated with an expansive landscape with a figure in a pavilion overlooking a wide river with ships and a pagoda in the distance, while a traveler on horseback with his attendant move along a grassy path in the foreground, all within a very finely hand-painted outer border of bianco-sopra-bianco scrolling foliate decoration, the effect resembling fine lacework. One with a line in the center sealed, the other with a line on the rim sealed and rim frits filled, otherwise good condition. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection.  Circa 1740.

 

 

Fine Yongzheng Famille Rose Pair of Plates #6077

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plates, decorated in the Chinese taste in the famille rose palette, with a scene of an official fording a river on a horse with his attendant, carrying another older man on his back, wades through the water, as a bemused fisherman watches the pair, a pavilion on the opposite bank. It is noted in The Choice of the Private Trader, that these “borderless” scenes where the illustration covers the entire surface of the plate, along with this combination of colors, are relatively rare and must represent limited commissions for this style of decoration. Measuring 9″ in diameter, one with a short line sealed, otherwise both in good condition. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

 

 

American Market Pair of Sepia Fitzhugh Warming Dishes #6057

A fine and rare pair of Chinese export porcelain Sepia Fitzhugh warming dishes, made for the American market, with a direct China Trade connection as they are from a service made for Richard Renshaw Thomson, a one time United States Consul to Canton and a son of a prominent Philadelphia China trader. The service, hand-painted in the elaborate Fitzhugh pattern bears a central roundel with Richard’s  initials. Measuring 10 3/4″ in diameter, both with small lines sealed, one with a virtually indiscernible glaze bubble, otherwise very good condition, and very finely rendered. Discussed in Philadelphia and the China Trade. Circa 1820. 1,450.00 each.

 

English Armorial Soup Plate with Shipping Imagery #6075

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain 9″ soup plate made for the English market, bearing the Arms of MILLS impaling WEBBER, centered with a quatrefoil reserve decorated with a scene of a European gentleman walking along the banks of a river, a walled and towered town on the opposite side, while the rim is decorated with two reserves featuring Western ships entering harbors, the rim top featuring the family’s crest of a lion rampant, the bottom centered with the arms. The use of the porcelain white space sets off the famille rose designs beautifully. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 325. This piece with a history of descent in the family of  Robert Treat Paine of Boston. Glaze line and very minor rim frit, otherwise quite fine condition. Another available to make a pair. Circa 1745.

 

Impressive PAIR of Kangxi Famille Verte 17 1/2″ Vases #6052

A truly impressive pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi beaker vases, measuring 17 1/2″ tall and decorated in famille verte enamels with an elaborately scrolling lotus ground in iron red divided by bands dragons, one pursuing the flaming pearl of wisdom, another with dragons within quatrefoil reserves against a stippled green ground, both within ruyi-shaped lappet borders. In rather good condition for their age, one with a line across the base going a bit into the body, professionally sealed, but otherwise, no major damage or restorations. Circa 1700-1710.

 

Rare and Fine Yongzheng Cockerel Plate #6069

A very good and very interesting example of Yongzheng period famille rose decoration, this octagonal 8 1/4″ plate features the very popular theme of cockerels in a landscape with the two yellow birds in this particular piece virtually one over the other in a very fore-shortened space bordered to one side by the strong vertical of a leafing tree trunk and a swaying over-sized peony all within a shaped outer border of flowering prunus and peony branches against cell-work diapered ground. All in rich, thick enamels, proud of the surface. Very good condition, a great, fun, vibrant design. Circa 1730-1735.

 

American Market Thomson 15 3/4″Platter #6055

A piece from a fine group of Chinese export porcelain we have at present from a service made for Richard Renshaw Thomson of Philadelphia, son of a prominent China trading family and one time American Consul to Canton. Beautifully rendered sepia Fitzhugh, centered with Thomson’s monogram. Good condition with only slight stacking wear. Circa 1820.     $2000.

Yongzheng ‘Yang Family Warriors’ Plate #6067

A fine Chinese export porcelain plate, decorated in the famille rose palette, and in the Chinese taste, featuring a scene from the legend of the Yang Family Warriors-“The General’s Visit”. The story basically tells of a great warrior clan whose men were all killed in battle, and, in a great show of duty and patriotism, the women of the clan took the places of their fallen kin-here illustrated, the women mounted on their horses riding out as a visiting general waves his fan in recognition of their great sense of duty and honor. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, in very good condition, and dating to circa 1730.