An exceptionally well-painted Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in a rich dark sepia in the Fitzhugh pattern. From a special order service, superbly monogrammed within the central roundel, the original owner’s initials,as yet, to be identified. With two very minor rim chips, and two very short lines to the reverse restored, otherwise in good condition. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter. Circa 1810.
A wonderful whimsy, this Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period salt is decorated in underglaze blue and modeled in the form of a fish raised upon a fluted pedestal base. The comparatively small well for the salt speaks to the expense and importance in the period of this today commonplace seasoning. Measuring 2 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ across. Star crack to the salt well sealed, otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690.
A very rare Chinese export porcelain small handled cup or ‘coffee can’ as they were referred to in the period, made for the American market, from a service ordered for Samuel Chew for his home at Cliveden outside of Philadelphia. Very unusual for Chinese export, the form and decoration in a Neo-Grecian style with a brilliant (and difficult to achieve) yellow ground showcasing classical figures rendered in sepia, the borders and handle highlighted with gilding. This would have been at the very forefront of fashion in 1805 and beautifully illustrates the wealth and style of Federal period Philadelphia. Measuring 2 3/4″ tall, with two early, ill-conceived, “restored” chips in-filled with solder, and a 2″ line to the glaze, all easily remedied. A fantastic piece for any American market collector!
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain shaped lozenge-form dishes in the famous Rockefeller pattern, finely decorated with Mandarin scenes, landscape vignettes and gilded scrolling foliate ground. Some of the finest quality special order export wares being made at the time. Measuring 10 1/2″ across and in excellent condition. Circa 1795.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain saucer dish decorated in the famille verte palette with an elegantly simple scene of a lady seated upon a terrace at her desk with an attendant and her two small children. Unlike much famille verte which tends to have rather rich and exuberant decoration, this simple scene is shown off to great effect by the white space of the lovely Kangxi porcelain, then all encircled with a verte border of flowering branches. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter with only a small line sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1690.
A very fine pair of Chinese export scalloped form 9″ soup plates decorated in famille rose enamels in the Chinese taste with lotus, cranes and Mandarin ducks. The lotus symbolizing purity, the Mandarin ducks conjugal bliss, and the crane longevity and auspiciousness. The decoration is set off by the rather unusual design and use of white space around the images. One soup with a rim restoration, otherwise, very good condition. Early Qianlong, circa 1745. $2,000.00/pair
A great form, this fine Chinese export porcelain 12 1/2″ charger has a wonderful scalloped edge and famille rose decoration in the Chinese taste depicting symbolic lotus, Mandarin ducks and cranes. In very good condition and dating from the early Qianlong period, circa 1750. For a similarly decorated pair of scalloped edge soup plates, see our Item #4375.
A truly elegant piece of famille rose decorated Yongzheng porcelain, this lovely covered ginger jar is delicately painted with a tender scene of a mother seated upon a bench with her rather exuberant children playing about her, with a symbolic dish of pomegranates beside her bearing an auspicious wish for many sons. Note the naturalistic “root” table, and the elegant rendering of the prunus issuing from rockwork. 8 1/4″ tall. Very minor fritting to the edge of the cover, color-filled, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1735.
A very beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain reticulated 7 3/4″ plates finely decorated in the Rockefeller pattern with wonderfully detailed scenes of everyday life within a hand-cut reticulated border, edged in gilded scrollwork with minute landscape reserves. It should be noted that every scene depicted on this rather extensive service is unique, with no two alike. In very good condition. Circa 1795. Priced individually.
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Transitional period ‘Ling-Long’ bowls from the famous Hatcher Cargo, in a miraculous state of preservation thanks to being buried in a shipwreck on the ocean floor for several centuries, the cargo of a sunken Chinese junk which sank in 1643. Amongst the large cargo recovered were examples of these Transitional period bowls, decorated in underglaze blue with charming landscape roundels alternating with panels of meticulously hand-cut reticulation (ling-long aptly meaning “Devil’s Work”). Both bowls in very good condition, retaining the original Hatcher Cargo sticker from the historic sale of these items hosted by Christies Amsterdam in 1984. Measuring 3 1/2″ in diameter and 2″ tall. Circa 1640.