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Rare Ker-Martin Bowl with the Symbol of Hope #6029 Sold

A wonderful example of a the very well-known Ker-Martin service, made for the English market to commemorate the marriage of William Ker to his first cousin Jane Martin around 1790. What has always made this service so interesting and attractive is its design and iconography centered with a large image of Hope with her anchor leaning upon a large shield which bears the families’ arms. The fantastic border design contains four cartouches representing the four quarters of the globe-Europe, Asia, America and Africa, an allusion perhaps to Britain’s extensive colonial and mercantile empire at the time. The 9″ diameter bowl is of molded and scalloped form, the rim with a line, and a piece out and restored, but otherwise good condition, especially the great decoration for which this service is so sought-after. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 694. ¬†Ex-Elinor Gordon collection. Circa 1790-1800.

Yongzheng Blue & White Plate #6018 Sold

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period blue and white plate, decorated with a bird perched upon rockwork amongst flowering branches within a very meticulously rendered diapered cavetto, the outer rim with four groups of flowering branches. The quality of the glaze, the intensity of the the cobalt blue, and the sophistication of the painting are superlative. ¬†Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter, in very good condition, dating to circa 1730.

Certon Armorial Cups and Saucers #4087 sold

Armorial Cups and Saucers

A very well painted Chinese Export porcelain pair of handled cups and saucers made for the Dutch market. Bearing the Arms of Certon with ornnate rims of rococo shell, scroll and foliate motifs. Circa 1760, very good condition, the cup 3″ tall, the saucer is 5-1/4″ in diameter. Illustrated in Dr. Joachem Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market pp 338-339.

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Fine Pair of Armorial Crested Plates #6038 SOLD

A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal form dinner plates, hand-painted in a brilliant undeglaze blue with a classic Chinese landscape within a diapered cavetto with floral reserves, the rim with exquisitely rendered flowering sprigs and branches, the top centered with a family’s armorial crest of a seated hound. This pair obviously once part of a noble’s extensive dinner service, most likely the Arms of Proctor, the quality of the potting, the glaze and the meticulous painting suggest a date earlier rather than later in the 18th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ across, and in excellent condition. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 128. Circa 1740.

Very fine Kangxi Silver-Mounted Jar #6089 SOLD

A lovely Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period jar, decorated in underglaze blue with ‘Long Elizas’, three courtly ladies taking their leisure, strolling and drinking tea in a garden, surmounted with a richly wrought silver mount collar and cover with foliate and scroll decoration, most likely of 19th century Dutch origin. Measuring 6 1/4″ tall and in very good condition. Ex-Elinor Gordon collection. Circa 1690.

 

Exquisite Transitional Period Ling Long Bowl #6036 SOLD

A mind-boggling tour-de-force of the potter’s art, this octagonal form Ling-Long or “Devil’s Work” bowl is fantastically decorated in underglaze blue with landscape roundels, alternating with roundels of precisely hand-cut latticework. In amazingly fine condition considering its age and delicacy, made in the Transitional period, circa 1740. A masterpiece to hold in one’s hand at 3 1/4″ across. Ex-Chait Collection.

 

 

 

Fine Hanbury Armorial Plate #4954

A very finely preserved Chinese export porcelain plate made for the English market, bearing the Arms of Hanbury in pretence with Comyn. John Hanbury, a Quaker, was known in London as the “Virginia Merchant” as he held vast tracts of lands in Maryland and Virginia, unfortunately, he also held the slaves that maintained these lands and sustained his fortune, earning him the animosity of his fellow Quakers. A very rich and impressive service for a “plain” Quaker, the large and dramatic arms centered on a plate edged with a finely detailed gilded grapevine border. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 235 . Excellent condition, measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1735.

Iconic Kangxi ‘Riot of Rotterdam’ Plate #7043

One of the best examples of this classic Kangxi piece we’ve ever handled, this Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate is decorated in underglaze blue with the rare image of the ‘Riot of Rotterdam’, the first European subject image on Chinese porcelain depicting a current event. Simply told, a local magistrate declared a rather severe verdict against some local miscreants, and the harshness of the penalty resulted in riots in Rotterdam where the populace razed the magistrate’s house (pictured here). This act of not-so-civil disobedience was so well-known that a medallion was struck commemorating the occurrence which was used as the basis for the design on the plate. Measuring 8″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1690.

RARE Japanese Arita VOC Charger #7042 SOLD

A superb example, in wonderful condition, of a 17th century Japanese Arita blue and white charger decorated with a design of phoenixes amongst branches of peaches and peony, centered with a roundel displaying the VOC emblem of the Dutch East India Company, the rim with alternating panels of stylized peony, prunus and bamboo in the kraakware style. It is hard to underestimate the power, wealth and influence of this far-reaching corporation that propelled the Netherlands into being a world financial superpower in the 17th century. Chargers such as these were most likely ordered for use by VOC officials while administering their empire in the Far East. This 12″ example in excellent condition. Late 17th century. SOLD

 

Brilliant Set of Five Mandarin Soup Plates #7209c Sold

A vibrantly enameled set of five Chinese export porcelain 9 3/4″ soup plates decorated in famille rose enamels, each centered with richly detailed Mandarin scene of courtly and leisurely pursuits, all within an elaborate border of elaborate lattice work alternating with vignettes of baskets of flowers and antique and precious objects. Great detail and enamels, one with a rim chip filled, otherwise all in very good condition. Circa 1825-1830.