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Spoon Trays # 5098;#5099 Sold

Two especially fine Chinese export porcelain lozenge-shaped spoon trays, both decorated in famille rose enamels and exemplifying the exquisite quality and attention to detail typical of the Yongzheng period. #5098 is decorated with a cockerel, hen and their chicks amongst flowering peony and foliage within a simple gilded stripe border. # 5099 is finely painted with two pheasants amongst flowering branches within a gilded grapevine border. Both measuring 5″ x 3″ and in very good condition. Circa 1730. Priced individually.


 

American Market Reticulated Basket #5095 Sold

A beautiful example of the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, this fine reticulated basket and stand were made for the American market, centered with the monogram RF from a service made for Rodney Fisher of Philadelphia (1798-1863). Fisher served as unofficial United States consul in Canton from 1825-1827, returned home, and later made a second trip to China living in the hongs of Canton. The basket measuring 10 1/2″ long x 9″ wide. The basket with one handle restored, otherwise basket and stand are in very good condition. Fisher is discussed on page 185 of Philadelphia and the China Trade. Circa 1820-25.

 

American Market Sauceboat & Stand #5096 Sold

A very attractive form, this Chinese export porcelain stap-handled sauceboat with its original lozenge-shaped stand is handpainted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and bearing the initial H. Made for the American market, with the possibility of being ordered for one of two services: either for John Hone (1764-1832) of New York, or John Dandridge Henley (1781-1835) of Virginia. Other than some wear to the enamels on the stand, the pieces are in very good condition, measuring 7″ across. Circa 1820.

Very Fine Tobacco Leaf Beaker Vases Sold

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.

Qianlong Period Tureen & Stand #5097 Sold

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.

 

PAIR of Fine Famille Rose Cockerel Plates #5082

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.

Plate #1

Plate #2

 

EXTREMELY Rare ‘Society of Cincinnati’ Plate SOLD

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.

 

 

 

Arms of Elwick 14″ Charger # Sold

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.