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.
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 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.