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American Market Thomson 14 3/4″ Platter #6055 SOLD

Another piece we have at present from a fine sepia Fitzhugh service made for the American market with a Philadelphia connection,  centered with the monogram for Richard Renshaw Thomson of Philadelphia, son of a prominent China trader and a one time American consul to Canton, this 14 3/4″ platter is in good condition and dates to circa 1820.  $2000.

Rare Ladies’ Spittoon #6049 Sold

Seldom has a utilitarian object been so elegantly crafted! This fine Chinese export porcelain ladies’ spittoon is molded in an octagonal form and is beautifully decorated in famille rose enamels with flowering vines and stems around the mouth and body of the piece. Measuring 4 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ and in very good condition. Circa 1740.  $590.

Best Quality Yongzheng Eggshell Tea Bowl and Saucer #6048 SOLD

A truly superb piece of Chinese export eggshell porcelain from one of the finest periods of production, this jewel-like tea bowl and saucer are masterfully potted and painted, decorated in famille rose enamels with a pheasant amongst flowering peony within a leaf-shaped reserve against a grisaille cellwork ground with finely rendered foliate details and border. The saucer 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 7/8″. Very, very faint lines to the bottom of the saucer, otherwise fantastic quality. Yongzheng period, circa 1730.  $3600.

Rare European Subject ‘Elements’ Plate SOLD

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Western market with a decidedly European subject matter, here rendered in famille rose enamels, is one of a set of four ‘Elements’ plates, this one representing Earth, and depicting Cybele accompanying three of the Four Seasons; Flora, Ceres and Bacchus, all in a chariot pulled by lions (which more resemble cartoon characters!), while cherubs frolic amongst nature’s bounty in a bucolic landscape. Measuring 9″in diameter. Circa 1740.   1 L shaped line  restored at the top rim of plate.   $3800

American Market Thomson Sauce Tureen #6054 SOLD

A beautiful example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this piece, along with several others in our current collection, from a service of sepia Fitzhugh made for Richard Renshaw Thomson, son of a prominent Philadelphia China trader, and one time American consul to Canton. With finely hand-rendered Fitzhugh pattern, bearing Thomson’s monogram, and with gilded handles and finial. Measuring 6″ tall x 7 1/4″ wide. Circa 1820.

Very Fine Tobacco Leaf Teapot #6047 Sold

A great form in a very desirable pattern, this wonderful Chinese export porcelain teapot is decorated in famille rose enamels in the vibrant ‘Tobacco Leaf’ pattern. With only two chips to the underside of the cover, otherwise in great condition, this beautiful piece measures 6 1/4″ tall x 7 1/2″ across, and dates to circa 1760-1780.

Exquisite Transitional Period Ling Long Bowl #6036 SOLD

A mind-boggling tour-de-force of the potter’s art, this octagonal form Ling-Long or “Devil’s Work” bowl is fantastically decorated in underglaze blue with landscape roundels, alternating with roundels of precisely hand-cut latticework. In amazingly fine condition considering its age and delicacy, made in the Transitional period, circa 1740. A masterpiece to hold in one’s hand at 3 1/4″ across. Ex-Chait Collection.

 

 

 

Qianlong Famille Rose “Ho-Ho” Boys Plate SOLD

A charming Chinese export porcelain Qianlong period plate, richly decorated with famille rose enamels, centered with a lobed medallion with two ‘Ho-Ho” boys clinging to scrolling vines that make their way out to fill the border with vibrant pink and red peony blossoms. Measuring 8 3/4″ and in very good condition. Circa 1745. $1,380.00

Rare Guangxu Mark & Period Dragon Dishes #6023Sold

A brilliant pair of Chinese porcelain saucer dishes with Guangxu marks and of the period, very finely crafted, the body thinly potted and subtly incised to the exterior with a wave pattern, decorated in a vibrant green enamel with dragons in pursuit of a flaming pearl.  From the collection of  Baroness Giovanella Caetani who acquired the pieces during an ambassadorial visit to the Guangxu court, accompanying her husband the Belgian ambassador, where she was presented to the Dowager Empress Cixi, the Emperor Guangxu in attendance. Measuring 7 1/4″ in diameter. Rim line to one sealed, otherwise excellent condition. 1907-1908.

 

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte Teabowls & Saucers #6026 Sold

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte scalloped rim teabowls and saucers, decorated with images of a vase with flowering branches within a fan-shaped reserve against a ground with antique and precious objects, the reverse with floral sprigs, and centered with a small rabbit within double rings. Add to that a rather fine noble provenance as one of the teabowls bears the auction sticker of a sale at Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough. That stately pile with its amazing architecture has hosted only one sale in its 300 year history of pieces from their extensive collections, and it appears these two fine teabowls were part of that sale.  The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the teabowl 1 1/2″ tall. In very good condition. Ex- Chait Collections. Circa 1700-1710.