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Iconic Kangxi ‘Riot of Rotterdam’ Plate #7043

One of the best examples of this classic Kangxi piece we’ve ever handled, this Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate is decorated in underglaze blue with the rare image of the ‘Riot of Rotterdam’, the first European subject image on Chinese porcelain depicting a current event. Simply told, a local magistrate declared a rather severe verdict against some local miscreants, and the harshness of the penalty resulted in riots in Rotterdam where the populace razed the magistrate’s house (pictured here). This act of not-so-civil disobedience was so well-known that a medallion was struck commemorating the occurrence which was used as the basis for the design on the plate. Measuring 8″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1690.

Rare Mt. Vernon 6″ Plate #7015 asold

A charming and rare Chinese export porcelain 6″ plate made for the American market centered with a sepia painted view of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon encircled within a simple vine and berry border against a peach colored ground. The scene most likely taken from a watercolor painting of the period which was later turned into an engraving by Samuel Seymour in 1803. All part of a cult of mourning and patriotic remembrance after Washington’s death in 1799. Discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 168. With a small chip and  1″ line to the reverse restored, otherwise in very good condition with a great image. Ex-Elinor Gordon collection.


Very Fine Arms of New York 7 1/2″ Plate Sold

A very fine example of the one of the several variations of this pattern, this fine Chinese export porcelain plate was part of a service made for the American market, patriotically bearing the Arms of the State of New York, all within an overglaze blue and gilt grapevine border. Tiny rim chip and associated line restored, otherwise very good condition. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection. Circa 1800-1810.

Very Fine Mandarin Oval Platter Sold

A very fine Chinese export porcelain oval platter decorated in famille rose enamels with a highly detailed scene of what appears to be a Mandarin warrior being dressed in his armor by an elegant lady, who is also in armor, while their attendants and standard bearers  await with their horses. The surrounding border is equally colorful and animated with butterflies amongst gourds and melons and scrolling gilded vines. Measuring 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and in very good condition. Circa 1810-1820.

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Exquisite Diminutve Scholar’s Screens Sold

A fine pair of Chinese hardwood scholar’s screens of diminutive size, each with an elaborately carved stand fitted with a slide out panel with a ‘Dream Stone’. These thin slices of polished stone were meant to be a source of inspiration and contemplation as their natural colorings and striations were meant to resemble landscapes. Each measuring approximately 10″ x 6″ x 4″. One corner of one stone with a line, one small burled panel cracked, and several joints of the stands re-glued, otherwise good condition and a unusual diminutive size, perfect for your tabletop contemplations. Early 20th century.



Four Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Plates #7040 Sold

A great set of four Chines export porcelain 9″ dinner plates, decorated in a riot of color in the Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf pattern. This exuberant pattern is very finely enameled and detailed with highlights of gilding. Minor frits and chips to the reverse , otherwise very good condition and a rich, visual delight! Circa 1800. $875. each



RARE European Subject/Chinese Interior Plate #7047 Sold

A beautifully decorated Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in famille rose enamels with a rather rare scene of a European family within a Chinese interior. It must be cocktail hour as a gentleman offers his wife a drink while their child clutches at his mother’s skirts frightened by a small lap dog coming into the room, a room with Chinese architectural features and furnishings. The charming domestic scene within a  quatrefoil cartouche surrounded by a scrolling border in the Meissen style. It even comes with a ‘granny note’ attached to the reverse-with a history of descent in the Cushing family of Newburyport, MA, and retailed through Shreve Crump & Low at some point in its history.  Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Illustrated in Hervouet’s La Porcelaine Des Compagnies Des Indes A Decors Occidental. Circa 1755.

American Market Ship Tankard #7014 Sold

A rare decoration and a desirable size and form, this Chinese export porcelain strap handled tankard, made for the American market. It is very well painted with an image of a ship under full sail, proudly flying the colors of our new Republic. Measuring 5 1/4″ x 6″ and in very good condition.

Rockefeller Lozenge-Shaped Dish #357 SOLD

A great example of the iconic Rockefeller pattern within a wonderful form, this Chinese export porcelain lozenge-shaped dish is richly decorated with all the fine scenes and detailing for which this desirable pattern is so well known. Measuring 7″ x 10″ and in very good condition. Circa 1795.

Charming Child’s Tea Bowl & Saucer #6083 Sold

A charming Chinese export porcelain diminutive tea bowl and saucer from a child’s tea set of the period, the central scene depicting two small children going off to school as their mother watches from the doorway. The scene taken from a print of the period. The saucer measuring 3 3/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 1 1/2″ in diameter. The tea bowl cup with three lines restored, the saucer in good condition. Winterthur possesses a complete set in this pattern. Circa 1785.