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 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.
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.
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.
Of especially nice form, this pair of Chinese export octagonally-shaped teapots is decorated with panels of landscape views alternating with flowering peony branches beneath a lotus petal form collar, the paneled decoration continuing to the faceted domed cover. The pots’ diminutive 5″ size reflects the staggering cost of tea in this period and what a status symbol it was to serve it. The form almost certainly after silver shapes of the time. Both pieces in great condition, Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.
An outstanding example of the fine Yongzheng wares being produced and catering to the demands of the Western market, this handsome armorial charger is from a special order service made for a one time Lord Mayor of London. Bearing the elaborately detailed central arms of MERTINS impaling PECK, it is illustrated and discussed in the venerable tome by David Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, Page 213. In very good condition, 12 1/4″ in diameter and dating to circa 1725.
Two very attractive Chinese export floral paintings on pith paper, custom mounted in a single frame with raw silk matting. All manner of flowers, remarkably rendered, in brilliant gouache in great detail. The pith paper, though fragile, was purposely used as it held the paint so beautifully as evidenced with these examples. Measuring 13″ x 8″ (images) and 37 1/2″ x 16″ overall. Some cracking to paper, otherwise beautiful colors and imagery. Circa 1840.