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Great Forms- Blue Fitzhugh Shell and Kidney-Form Dishes #7238c, 7240c

Two great forms in Chinese export porcelain, decorated in the classic Blue Fitzhugh pattern. One, a kidney-shaped serving dish measuring 8 1/4″ x 11″, the other a handsome shell-form dish, otherwise known as a shrimp dish, measuring 10″ x 9 1/2″. Both in very good condition and dating to circa 1800-1820. The kidney form dish priced at $750.00, the shrimp dish at $950.00. Kidney-shaped dish SOLD.

 

 

 

Two Fine Small Blue Fitzhugh Platters #7241c,

Two lovely examples of Chinese export porcelain in the Blue Fitzhugh pattern. The small oval platter one measuring 7 1/4 x 10 1/8″, the more rectangular form oval measuring 7 7/8″ x 9 7/8″. Both in very good condition and dating to circa 1800-1820. Priced individually at $450.00.

 

Extremely Rare ‘Chief Seattle’ 6″ Plate

An incredibly rare Chinese export porcelain American market commemorative ‘Chief Seattle’ plate, bearing the central image of Chief Seattle (178?-1866) seated within a prunus and bamboo roundel, his name inscribed above on a small banner, all within a blue enameled interlocking ring cavetto border, the rim with gilded branches of peony. Chief Seattle led the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes as the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the greater Seattle area in the 1850s. Baptized Noah by Catholic missionaries, Chief Seattle was regarded as a firm friend of the white settlers who named the region’s future central city in his honor. He was a respected leader among the Salish tribes, signing the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 which relinquished tribal claims to most of the area, and opposing Native American attempts to dislodge settlers during the “Indian wars” of 1855-1856.  He retired to the Suquamish Reservation at Port Madison, and died there on June 7 1866. It is most likely that this plate was a commemorative piece on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Chief Seattle, though, is most famous for a speech he made around 1854 when the United States government aggressively offered to buy two million acres of land  then occupied by native people in the Northwest. The speech was Seattle’s reply to President Franklin Pierce’s “offer” to buy the land and it has been described as one of the most beautiful and prophetic statements on the environment ever made.

Measuring 6″ in diameter with two very small line s to the reverse sealed. A remarkably rare image and tribute to a great Native American to be found on Chinese export, or anywhere for that matter.

 

Very Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Kendi #7226

A very beautiful and desirable form, this wonderful Chinese export porcelain famille verte kendi is a pouring vessel adapted from a Japanese form. It is molded around the lower body with panels meant to resemble lotus petals-a symbol of purity- and this motif is continued with the spout which is cleverly fashioned to resemble an actual lotus bud, the rest of the decoration is finely rendered with flowering peony blossoms. Measuring 8″ tall, the piece is in good condition for its age with only a line to the neck of the vessel and various small rim frits restored. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.

Superb Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte Plates #7230

A really fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plates, decorated in famille verte enamels, each with a central scene of a scholar on horseback with his attendant beside him, leaving his walled compound on his way to take his exams, a scholar’s table and scholarly attributes in the background alluding to his journey and future. Further attributes alternate with decorative cartouches around the rim. The reverse centered with an underglaze blue ‘archaic vessel’ mark within a double ring, peony blossoms around the rim. Both in good condition and measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1700-1720.

Very Fine Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #4922

A really stunning Yonzgheng period Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate made for the Dutch Market, of the best quality porcelain and decoration, centered with the Arms of Jan Albert Sichterman which features a large squirrel in profile grasping a nut against a patterned gilded within a rather regal armorial cartouche. Fully illustrated and discussed in Kroe’s book on Chinese armorial porcelain for the Dutch market, page 130.  Very good condition, and with an intriguingly old collection sticker on the reverse. Circa 1730.

Brilliant Raspberry Fitzhugh 9 3/4″ Plate #7233

A fine example of the Fitzhugh pattern in a very desirable color, the Chinese export porcelain 9 3/4″ dinner plate is meticulously hand-painted in a vibrant raspberry enamel. With only two small lines to the reverse sealed, it is in very good condition and dates to circa 1800.

 

Fine Jiaqing Period Mandarin Oval Platter #7218

One of a graduated set of three fine platters we have from this exquisitely produced Chinese export porcelain dinner service, hand-painted in famille rose  enamels with a central courtly Mandarin scene of figures on a terrace, encircled within an orange, sepia and gilt border of equally fine quality. Measuring 10″ x 13″ and in excellent condition. Jiaqing period, circa 1795.

Beautiful Grisaille Nativity Scene Plate #7220B

A great example of Chinese export porcelain decorated en grisaille, this very well-rendered 9″ plate is from a small group depicting various scenes from the life of Christ, this one picturing a central scene of the Nativity, undoubtedly taken from prints of the period, all within an elaborate European rococo style border with gilt highlights. Very good condition, other than a small rim chip to reverse. Ex-collection of M. Bascourt, Antiquarian, Antwerp. Circa 1745.