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.
Two very fine Chinese export porcelain octagonal ‘Ling-Long‘ or ‘Devil’s Work’ bowls, so called because of the technically difficult process of hand-cutting panels of reticulation into the piece when it is leather hard before firing. These handsome pieces are decorated in underglaze blue with alternating panels of variously patterned openwork, in wonderful condition, having resting in a shipwreck on the sea floor for several centuries (it sank in 1643) before being salvaged by Michael Hatcher in the 1980s and sold in Christies Amsterdam in the 1980s. Measuring 4 1/4″ across x 2 1/2″ high. Transitional period , Circa 1640.
A fine Chinese export porcelain charger and plate decorated in iron red and gilding with a rare European subject depicting a biblical scene of the ‘Baptism of Christ’ with Christ and John the Baptist in a shallow river with the Holy Spirit rising above them, all rather naively drawn and within an elaborately bordered rim decorated with flying angels with Chinese faces and flowering baskets and branches and amongst scrolling ribbons, a small tablet at the bottom notes the Chapter and Verse. The 9″ plate in good condition and the 11″ charger with restorations. Priced accordingly $1,800.00 and $750.00 respectiveley. Circa 1740-1750.
A rare early example of Chinese export armorial porcelain made for the Western Market, these fine plates are centered with the Arms of Heathcote impaling Parker quartering Venables and Carrier, with the crest centered at the top of the rim and a very refined border of dragons and phoenixes rendered in a soft underglaze blue- a border design popular and appearing on small group of special order armorial services from the 1720s, this being one of the earliest, circa 1720, the very end of the Kangxi reign. The service was made for Sir William Heathcote, created a baronet in 1733, a member of parliament for Buckingham from 1722 to 1727. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Volume I, page 217. 9″ in diameter and in excellent condition.
An exquisitely fine Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer decorated in the rather rare’Plume’ pattern, most likely after designs commissioned for the Dutch East India from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk for the specific purpose of decoration of export wares. This pattern, centered with a robust baroque style plume in lavender enamel against a yellow lattice ground, the bowl and saucer both edged with a lappet border (another popular European design motif of the period). In very good condition, the tea bowl measuring 2 7/8″ in diameter, the saucer 4″ in diameter. Similar examples in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Circa 1740-1750.