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Yongzheng Famille Rose Chargers #6025 Sold

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period famille rose chargers decorated with a figure of Lan Tsai Ho, “the mountebank of the Eight Chinese Immortals”. She comes in many guises, often posing as a wandering minstrel, denouncing this fleeting life and its delusive pleasures. The basket of flowers she carries is full of plants associated with longevity. Here she floats on a leaf, centering two fine 14″ diameter chargers, the cavettos bordered with pink and green diapered panels, the outer rims with branches of flowering peony. One with a line sealed and enamels freshened, otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1735.

      

Rare American Market Cider Jug with Early Naval History Connection #7063

A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug made for the American market with an early naval and maritime connection. One of two cider jugs (see Item #7064) made for Henry Eckford (1775-1832) a Scottish immigrant who became one of America’s finest shipbuilders and designers. Eckford trained with his uncle in Quebec before re-locating to New York in 1796 where he rapidly gained a reputation as a brilliant shipwright and organizer whose quality ships helped New York gain an ascendancy over Philadelphia as America’s leading port. He built ships for John Jacob Astor’s burgeoning trading empire and, during the War of 1812, he won a contract from the U.S. government to build ships on the Great Lakes. He prospered greatly and had a grand house in New York and when financial reversals struck, he rebuilt his fortunes by constructing a 26-gun corvette, sailing it to Constantinople, and selling it to Sultan Mahmud II for $150,000.00. He was a great favorite of the Sultan’s and gained further commissions from him before succumbing to cholera in 1832, his body returning to New York aboard the ship Henry Eckford.

This finely painted jug displays a roundel with the gilded monogram of Henry Eckford, alternating with famille rose bouquets, the rim and cover with elaborately gilded borders on an orange ground. Measuring 11″ tall and with a star crack to the bottom, a small line to the side of the body, and re-touch to the gilding, otherwise good condition. Circa 1805.

 

 

Fantastic Equestrian 14” Punch Bowl #7065

A beautiful and classic Chinese export porcelain punch bowl decorated with finely rendered sepia roundels with equestrian images taken from English prints of the period. Overglaze blue enamel and gilt borders  complete the design, a grapevine border edges the interior rim which is centered with a basket of flowers. This design was popular in America in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states where an English aristocratic country lifestyle was emulated. Of nice size and proportions, measuring 14″ in diameter, and with a hairline sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1790.

 

 

 

 

Very Rare American Eagle Double-Handled Cup #7078

A very rare form with a very desirable decoration, this well-painted Chinese export porcelain double-handled cup is decorated with a central roundel of an eagle supporting a striped shield, and bearing arrows and laurel branches, a banner in its beak inscribed E Pluibus Unum, a cloud above its head with 13 starsThe design taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States. Measuring 2 3/4″ tall x 4 1/2″.  Restored. Circa 1795-1800.

 

 

Especially Fine Pair of American Ship Tankards

An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain strap-handled tankards finely decorated with an image of a three-masted ship, its sails furled, flying two American flags. Measuring 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a line to the interior of one which does not show through. Otherwise, virtually pristine decoration, a great example of American pride in the new Republic, circa 1800. Priced individually.  Hold

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Armorial Teapot #7246

A very fine Chinese export porcelain famille rose armorial teapot made for the English market bearing the Arms of Perceval within a central roundel on one side and a lush peony blossom on the reverse, as well as some rather spectacularly hand-painted diapering. This teapot belong to one of seven services ordered by the Perceval family.  Sir John Perceval, 5th Baronet, MP for Cork and for Harwich was created an English peer as Viscount Perceval in 1723. In 1732 he was appointed the First President of the State of Georgia and in 1734 he was raised to the Earldom of Egmont. When he was raised to the earldom his eldest and only son, also John, took the courtesy title of viscount and it is most likely then that this tea service was ordered.  Measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and in good condition with only some glaze loss to the handle. Circa 1734. Illustrated and fully discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 174.

 

Rare Form Kangxi Famille Verte Water Dropper #7223

A rare Kangxi period Chinese famille verte figural water dropper modeled in the form of Li Bai (701-762) a famous Tang Dynasty poet. Here he is shown in a bit of a drunken stupor lounging with a large wine pot. What a charming conceit for a scholar’s object! Please note his painstakingly painted and lavish garments featuring cranes, clouds, flower sprigs and the wine pot patterned with prunus blossoms against a ‘cracked ice’ ground. The rim of the wine pot is either a period piece of bronze work or a later, but still old, replacement. Either way, it is very finely cast and detailed. Measuring 8″ long and in very good condition. A similar example in the Jue Rui Tang Collection. Circa 1715.

 

 

 

 

Elegant Yongzheng Pheasant Plates #7206

More fine examples from the Yongzheng period, these two lovely Chinese export porcelain plates are each decorated with pheasants perched upon branches and rockwork amongst flowering prunus and peony, the floral motif continues around the outer border mingling with vines heavy with vibrantly enameled multi-colored grapes. Small flake to the reverse rim of one, otherwise very good condition. Measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1730. Sold individually $1,450.00 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rouge de Fer Lamps #3991 sold

Pair of Rouge de Fer Lamps

A fine pair of Kangxi baluster jars drilled and mounted as lamps. The lamps are decorated in fine overglaze iron red and depict phoenix in a garden setting. Tallest lamp is 15 inches to top rim of porcelain.

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Fantastic Mahout Charger #7221

A wonderful example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Indian market, this wonderful molded and shaped 12 1/2″ charger is decorated with a central image of an Indian mahout astride his elephant, encircled within a rim border of hand-painted bianco-sopra-bianco foliate decoration resembling lace. A beautiful example in beautiful condition, circa mid-18th century.