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Sauce Tureen with Boston/Fanueil Provenance #6085

A fine Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureen and stand decorated in underglaze blue with a rather rare landscape view, and with each piece also bearing a small armorial crest of a lion rampant. The crest derives from an English family into which Mary Fanueil Bethunes married and the service descended in the Fanueil family. She was a descendant of the famous Fanueil family of Boston, prominent merchants of Huguenot descent and creators of the well-known Fanueil Hall which still stands as a centerpiece of Boston’s downtown. The unusual decoration is discussed in Ayers’ China for the West, Vol. II, page 546 where the rather singular rendering of the large thatched structure is conjectured to be an actual building taken from a drawing, perhaps someplace along the Pearl River in the environs of Canton. Measuring approximately 8″ long, the piece is in very good condition. It includes a second sauce tureen and stand, which is damaged, but presents well to form as pair. Circa 1790.   $3800.00

Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte Plates #7032

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plates, decorated in famille verte enamels with a central scene of a phoenix flying over  flowering branches of peony, encircled within a peony decorated cavetto and an outer diapered border with reserves of koi and crayfish. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and with only the slightest wear to the gilding of one peony blossom, otherwise very good condition with exuberant decoration. Circa 1700-1720. $1250. each

 

 

Very Fine Pair of Daoguang Period Bowls # #6094

A truly special pair of Chinese export porcelain mark and period bowls from the Daoguang period (1821-1850). Each 6 5/8″ diameter bowl with a scalloped rim and beautiful turquoise interior, the exteriors each with finely painted Mandarin scenes within roundels against rich ground of flowers, fruits and butterflies in jewe-like enamels with a striking apple green ground. Just superb quality and in very good condition.

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.