Two very charming and very well-painted Chinese export porcelain beaker or spill vases decorated in the famille rose palette in the famous, exuberant, and much-sought-after Tobacco Leaf pattern. One measuring 7″ tall, the other 6 7/8″. One with restoration to the rim and small chip to the foot rim, the other with a rim restoration and line to the body. Circa 1760.1770.
A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain covered tureen and matching stand, decorated in famille rose enamels with some of the loveliest classic riverscape scenes with elegant pavilions and pagodas amongst finely enameled and detailed foliage. Complimenting the beautiful painting, is the finely cast European silver-form shapes, the richly gilded borders, the hares’ head handles and and pomegranate knop. All in excellent condition, the undertray measuring 14″ across, the tureen 12″, and bearing an old dealer’s label with a price of $35,000 (we can do a bit better than that). Circa 1760.
Each centered with a scalloped roundel decorated with a strutting rooster, along with other floral-decorated roundels and butterflies, all within a pink cell work border, all in luscious famille rose enamels. Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in good condition with only possible retouch to some enamels, circa 1735. Only one shown.
In close to forty years in business, this is the first opportunity we have had the pleasure of offering one of the rarest and most desirable icons of the China Trade and early American history: a very fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated with the emblem of the ‘Society of Cincinnati’. The Society was formed at the close of the Revolution by Major General Henry Knox for officers who had served three years or more in the Continental Army or Navy, as well as officers of certain rank in the French Army or Navy. The Society is still in existence today, its membership consisting of the direct male descendants of the original officers. One of these original members, Henry Lee, conceived of the idea of an extensive dinner service bearing the society’s insignia being held by a figure of Fame blowing her trumpet. He commissioned Major Samuel Shaw, the supercargo on the first American ship to trade with China, to order the dinner service(s) which he would share with General George Washington. Shaw returned on the ship PALLAS in 1785 with this order, of which this plate was part. The plate measures 9 5/8″ in diameter with a shaped and molded edge and a floral and butterfly border of underglaze blue, all centered with a finely rendered image of Fame and the Society’s insignia. In very fine condition with only the most minor of rim frits to the reverse, otherwise a superlative example. Bearing the collection sticker and inventory number on the reverse of Elinor Gordon of Vilanova, PA. Examples in the Metropolitan Museum and Winterthur to name a few. Circa 1785.
One of the more unconventional designs for a Chinese export porcelain armorial service, this rare, early 14″ charger bears the Arms of Elwick of Middlesex centered within a very refined Chinese grisaille landscape within a cavetto of iron red and gilt cell diaper border reserved with blossoms and gilt pomegranates, the rim with a grisaille and gilt cell diaper ground with four gilt riverscape panels. This very finely produced service was made for John Elwick, who was a Director of the East India Company from 1713-1720. Measuring 14″ in diameter and in good condition with the exception of three flakes to the reverse restored. Yongzheng period, circa 1730. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I. page 234.
A truly beautiful Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teapot decorated with famille rose enamels with the level of mastery and sophistication that exemplifies this period. Deftly painted with a bird upon a branch pondering a butterfly (almost as large as he is) amongst a profusion of flowers and foliage. This charming vignette is repeated on both sides of the vessel with the leaf-shaped reserves separated by finely detailed scrolling foliate decoration and the cover with floating branches of peony and chrysanthemum. Measuring 4″ x 6 3/4″ and in good condition with the exception of a minor rim frit and small chip to the reverse side of the cover. Circa 1730.
A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain 15″ charger decorated in famille rose enamels with a flowering peony and prunus within a complex, richly enameled rim border of peonies in reserve against a ground of sepia spirals and pink cellwork. Note how the prunus branch goes off the edge and re-enters the space, a lovely elegant design. Very good condition, 15″ in diameter, circa 1745.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain gu-form vase of hexagonal, molded shape with a shaped flaring rim, decorated in underglaze blue, the neck with four panels of flowers representing the four seasons; peony, chrysanthemum, lotus and prunus. The bulbous mid-section with reserves of peony against a latticework ground and the flaring base, also with peonies, rising from a band of lotus petals. A great form and a great presence at 12″ tall, with the usual restorations to one corner of the base and along the shaped rim, otherwise in good condition for a piece of such age. Kangxi period, circa 1690.