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#4780 Wonderful Van Tets Dutch Armorial Soup Plate

One of the better known armorial services for the Dutch market, this truly inventive and elaborate design combines the arms of Arnoldus Adrianus van Tets (1738-1792) and Wilhemina Jacoba Hartingh (1750-1813) and was ordered to celebrate their marriage in Batavia in 1767. Arnoldus spent thirteen years in the service of the East India Company returning home to the Netherlands. in 1770. Fully discussed and illustrated in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 347-348. Our example also bears a collection sticker of Elinor Gordon who once owned a large part of this service. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1767.





Famille Rose Ruby Soups #4104

Pair of Chinese export Yongzheng period ruby ground soup dishes with a central design of an exotic bird perched on a branch, rendered as a scene on a scroll unfurled in reserve against the red ground, all within rims scattered with prunus branches.  The ruby background is much sought after by collectors as it was a painstaking procedure to procure an even ground color through the firing process. Measuring 9″ in diameter.  Circa 1730.






Fine American/Philadelphia Market ‘Quaker and Cow” Tea Bowl #7253 sold

A very finely rendered example of ‘The Quaker and Cow’ pattern painted here en grisaille so meticulously that one would think it a transfer print, this charming Chinese export porcelain tea bowl was made for the American market, several services of this pattern with a history of descent in Philadelphia families, the design purportedly originating from an original watercolor by Mary Hollingsworth-Morris. Measuring 3 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 172-173. Circa 1810.





Kangxi Pair of Lotus Form Dishes #6035B

Along with Item #6035A, we offer here a second pair of fine Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain lotus form plates decorated in underglaze blue and centered with flowering peony, chrysanthemums, crickets and butterflies, the flora and fauna motif continuing on the border, each lotus petal a panel filled with a profusion of blossoms, birds, insects and Mandarin ducks, the rim edged with a cafe-au-lait glaze, popular with the Dutch market of the period. Very good condition, measuring 9″ across and dating to circa 1690.        $1,450.00 each.






Pronk Pattern in Chinese Imari #3524

Pronk Pattern Parasol Plate

Qianlong plate designed by V.O.C. appointed artist Cornelis Pronk (1691-1759) and first sent to China for production in 1734. It is the first of Pronk’s four known designs. In this case the design has been executed in the Chinese imari porcelain. While the subject matter of this plate is Asian in style, it is also distinctly European. Even two of the birds and the bullrushes are European.


Fine Yongzheng Period Armorial Plate #6066 SOLD

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.






Fine Qianlong Period Mandarin Vases #7211c

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.





Rare Form Diminutive Kangxi Chinese Wine Pot #7204

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!