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Rare Form Kangxi Famille Verte Water Dropper #7223

A rare Kangxi period Chinese famille verte figural water dropper modeled in the form of Li Bai (701-762) a famous Tang Dynasty poet. Here he is shown in a bit of a drunken stupor lounging with a large wine pot. What a charming conceit for a scholar’s object! Please note his painstakingly painted and lavish garments featuring cranes, clouds, flower sprigs and the wine pot patterned with prunus blossoms against a ‘cracked ice’ ground. The rim of the wine pot is either a period piece of bronze work or a later, but still old, replacement. Either way, it is very finely cast and detailed. Measuring 8″ long and in very good condition. A similar example in the Jue Rui Tang Collection. Circa 1715.

 

 

 

 

Elegant Yongzheng Pheasant Plates #7206

More fine examples from the Yongzheng period, these two lovely Chinese export porcelain plates are each decorated with pheasants perched upon branches and rockwork amongst flowering prunus and peony, the floral motif continues around the outer border mingling with vines heavy with vibrantly enameled multi-colored grapes. Small flake to the reverse rim of one, otherwise very good condition. Measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1730. Sold individually $1,450.00 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Mahout Charger #7221

A wonderful example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Indian market, this wonderful molded and shaped 12 1/2″ charger is decorated with a central image of an Indian mahout astride his elephant, encircled within a rim border of hand-painted bianco-sopra-bianco foliate decoration resembling lace. A beautiful example in beautiful condition, circa mid-18th century.

 

 

 

 

Great American Market 6″ Eagle-Decorated Plate #7079

A beautiful little example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this finely decorated plate is centered with a sepia eagle taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, bearing an E Pluribus Unum banner in its beak and supporting a shield with the original owner’s initial M, all within the vibrant enameling of the Green Fitzhugh decoration. Measuring 6″ in diameter and in good condition with only two very short lines to the reverse rim sealed and gilding re-touched.  Circa 1820.

13 1/2″ Yongzheng Armorial Chargers #6002 Sold

An especially fine and  important pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period armorial chargers, made for the Swedish market, decorated in famille rose enamels, and bearing the arms of HOPKEN, for Daniel Hopken, one of the founders of the Swedish East India Company. Measuring 13 1/2″ across and in excellent condition. Circa 1730.

Large Tobacco leaf Teapot #7042 SOLD

A very fine example of a Chinese export teapot decorated in famille rose enamels in the exuberant,colorful, and much sought-after traditional Tobacco Leaf pattern. Measuring 6 1/4″ tall x 8″ across..   There are no repairs, chips, or restorations –   but with slight  loss of  enamel to rim of the cover and firing faults in the base, original to the piece. (all visible in the photos) Circa 1760.   $7,200.

 

 

Very Fine Pair of Daoguang Period Bowls # #6094 SOLD

A truly special pair of Chinese export porcelain mark and period bowls from the Daoguang period (1821-1850). Each 6 5/8″ diameter bowl with a scalloped rim and beautiful turquoise interior, the exteriors each with finely painted Mandarin scenes within roundels against rich ground of flowers, fruits and butterflies in jewel-like enamels with a striking apple green ground. Just superb quality and in very good condition. SOLD

Octagonal ‘Hermit Crab’ Plate #5092 HOLD

A rather unusual design we have not seen on Chinese export porcelain, this lovely octagonal form 8″ plate is decorated in famille rose enamels and centered with the image of a hermit crab peering out of his adopted home in a conch shell! The border and cavetto painted with another crab, a carp, and some elegantly rendered, feathery seaweed and blossoms. A wonderful composition, almost hinting at a Japanese aesthetic. Beautifully made and decorated. Very good condition. Circa 1740-50.

 

 

 

Rare and Unusual Kangxi Blanc-de-Chine 6 1/4″ Bowl #7056

A rather rare Chinese Blanc-de-Chine porcelain bowl molded with a band of figures of birds amongst grapevines above a lower register of swirled gardooning. Measuring 6 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Bearing a Franzero Collection sticker as well as an old Chait Galleries sticker from New York. Kangxi period, 1662-1722. SOLD

 

Eggshell Tea bowl & Saucer #5090 Sold

An especially fine Chinese export eggshell porcelain tea bowl and saucer, decorated in famille rose enamels with a butterfly amongst blossoming peonies, (an emblem of nobility and wealth, the “Queen of the Flowers”), all within a minutely rendered gilded foliate border encircled by pink diapering. The saucer measuring 4 5/8″ in diameter, a minute rim flake to the cup restored, otherwise superb quality and condition. Circa 1730.