An especially beautiful, early Yongzheng period armorial plate, made for the Anglo-Indian market as it bears the ARMS OF STACKHOUSE, almost certainly made for John Stackhouse, Governor and President of Bengal (1732-1739) and who is buried in St. John’s Church, Calcutta. The plate is centered with a flamboyant central arms rendered in the newly developed famille rose enamels, encircled within a lavishly detailed, gilded foliate cavetto border and with an outer rim of gilded peonies, all finished with a further gilded scrolling foliate edge. Outstanding painting and quality, in good condition with only small reverse chips filled and a short hairline consolidated. To make the piece even more interesting, it is said that the service was later used as payment of a gambling debt between the Prince Regent and the royal saddler David Pollock. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 223.
Two lovely Chinese export porcelain baluster form covered vases, each decorated with charming boating scenes within gilded cartouches against an iron red fish scale ground. Thinly potted and very well hand-painted, measuring approximately 9″ tall, one slightly taller than the other. Each with lines sealed. Circa 1770. $1150.
Just a little treasure, this exquisite Chinese porcelain Kangxi period wine pot is decorated in underglaze blue with flowers and butterflies within strapwork cartouches around its cylindrical body, with elegantly modeled handle and spout. Measuring 4 3/4″ tall, in very good condition, and dating to circa 1690. Lovely quality!
A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period famille rose chargers decorated with a figure of Lan Tsai Ho, “the mountebank of the Eight Chinese Immortals”. She comes in many guises, often posing as a wandering minstrel, denouncing this fleeting life and its delusive pleasures. The basket of flowers she carries is full of plants associated with longevity. Here she floats on a leaf, centering two fine 14″ diameter chargers, the cavettos bordered with pink and green diapered panels, the outer rims with branches of flowering peony. One with a line sealed and enamels freshened, otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1735.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug made for the American market with an early naval and maritime connection. One of two cider jugs (see Item #7064) made for Henry Eckford (1775-1832) a Scottish immigrant who became one of America’s finest shipbuilders and designers. Eckford trained with his uncle in Quebec before re-locating to New York in 1796 where he rapidly gained a reputation as a brilliant shipwright and organizer whose quality ships helped New York gain an ascendancy over Philadelphia as America’s leading port. He built ships for John Jacob Astor’s burgeoning trading empire and, during the War of 1812, he won a contract from the U.S. government to build ships on the Great Lakes. He prospered greatly and had a grand house in New York and when financial reversals struck, he rebuilt his fortunes by constructing a 26-gun corvette, sailing it to Constantinople, and selling it to Sultan Mahmud II for $150,000.00. He was a great favorite of the Sultan’s and gained further commissions from him before succumbing to cholera in 1832, his body returning to New York aboard the ship Henry Eckford.
This finely painted jug displays a roundel with the gilded monogram of Henry Eckford, alternating with famille rose bouquets, the rim and cover with elaborately gilded borders on an orange ground. Measuring 11″ tall and with a star crack to the bottom, a small line to the side of the body, and re-touch to the gilding, otherwise good condition. Circa 1805.
A beautiful and classic Chinese export porcelain punch bowl decorated with finely rendered sepia roundels with equestrian images taken from English prints of the period. Overglaze blue enamel and gilt borders complete the design, a grapevine border edges the interior rim which is centered with a basket of flowers. This design was popular in America in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states where an English aristocratic country lifestyle was emulated. Of nice size and proportions, measuring 14″ in diameter, and with a hairline sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1790.
A very rare form with a very desirable decoration, this well-painted Chinese export porcelain double-handled cup is decorated with a central roundel of an eagle supporting a striped shield, and bearing arrows and laurel branches, a banner in its beak inscribed E Pluibus Unum, a cloud above its head with 13 stars. The design taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States. Measuring 2 3/4″ tall x 4 1/2″. Restored. Circa 1795-1800.
An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain strap-handled tankards finely decorated with an image of a three-masted ship, its sails furled, flying two American flags. Measuring 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a line to the interior of one which does not show through. Otherwise, virtually pristine decoration, a great example of American pride in the new Republic, circa 1800. Priced individually. Hold
A very fine Chinese export porcelain famille rose armorial teapot made for the English market bearing the Arms of Perceval within a central roundel on one side and a lush peony blossom on the reverse, as well as some rather spectacularly hand-painted diapering. This teapot belong to one of seven services ordered by the Perceval family. Sir John Perceval, 5th Baronet, MP for Cork and for Harwich was created an English peer as Viscount Perceval in 1723. In 1732 he was appointed the First President of the State of Georgia and in 1734 he was raised to the Earldom of Egmont. When he was raised to the earldom his eldest and only son, also John, took the courtesy title of viscount and it is most likely then that this tea service was ordered. Measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and in good condition with only some glaze loss to the handle. Circa 1734. Illustrated and fully discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 174.