Great Set of Chinese Immortals Figures #7375

A very fine set of Chinese export porcelain figures depicting “The Eight Immortals”, a legendary group from Chinese mythology, revered by Taoists and throughout Chinese culture. Each Immortal’s power can be transferred to a vessel that can bestow life or destroy evil. The group here is depicted with a ninth character, their leader, Shou Lao, and they are all well-modeled with individual personalities and well-detailed, each holding his attribute and standing on matching plinths, all decorated in exuberant famille rose enamels. Many times these sets are made up of assembled characters, but given the consistency of design, decoration and matching plinths, we believe this to be an original complete group. In very good condition, each Immortal measuring 9″ tall and waiting to bestow life and destroy evil in your home. Late 19th/early 20 century.

 

Beautiful Pair of Famille Rose Sauce Boats and Undertrays #5077

A truly lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain sauce boats and undertrays, richly decorated in famille rose enamels hand-painted with floral decoration and edged with elaborate butterfly and diapered borders, the forms as exuberant as the decoration with the molded sauceboats with their double strap handles, and the scalloped-edge undertrays terminating an elegantly scrolled handle. These forms typify the exuberant rococo period, both in color and form and were most likely modeled after European silver forms of the period. Very good condition, the tray measuring 8 1/2″ long, the sauceboat 8 3/4″ x 6″. Qianlong period, circa 1760-1770.

Unusual Pair of Fishing Scene Soup Plates #7373

A very interesting snapshot into daily life, this fine pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates are decorated a very active fishing scene with two men in a boat, and another man on shore struggling to pull up a large net with their catch, the drama of ordinary life quietly being observed by a lady watching them from a terrace door in the background. A great design with a wonderful use of the white space of the porcelain, unconfined by border patterns, the scene unfolding across the entire expanse of the plate. Very good condition, and measuring  8 3/4 ” in diameter and dating to circa 1740.

Impressively Sized Mandarin Jardiniere #7373

A very handsome and very useful Chinese export porcelain flared rim jardiniere of impressive size, and, equally impressive decoration, hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a continuous scene around the exterior depicting a lavish scene of dignitaries arriving through a garden gate to a bustling terrace where a person of some obvious rank and importance and his attendants overlook the scene below, a marvelous garden pavilion to the right nestled amongst pine and rockwork. The rim border painted with flowers and butterflies. Measuring 8 1/2″ tall x 11″ in diameter and in very good condition with only glaze and rim chips to the edge of the rim and to one foot which would barely be noticeable when the piece was planted with your favorite orchids! Otherwise, beautifully painted with rich, vibrant enamels. Circa 1810-1820.

 

Pair of Anglo-Indian Market Mahout Plates Plates #7263 SOLD

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain shaped dinner plates made for the Indian market, painted in Famille Rose enamels with a central scene  of a Mahout riding an elephant, the image within a shaped roundel in reserve against a beautifully painted bianco-sopra-bianco floral ground, so carefully rendered it almost resembles lace. Measuring 9 1/4″ in diameter, and in very good condition with only very small spots of stacking wear. Mid-later 18th century.

 

Unusual Form Pair of Qianlong Period Famille Rose Plates #7261

A rather unusual form, this square pair of Chinese export porcelain notched-corner plates are brilliantly painted with Famille Rose enamels with a vibrant central scene of a pair of cockerels amongst rockwork and peonies all within a scrolling floral border of chrysanthemums, peony and lotus. Measuring 8 1/2″ square and in in very fine condition with only slight stacking wear. Mid-18th century.

Elegant Pair of 11 1/2″ Famille Rose Saucer Dishes #7260

A very refined pair of Chinese export porcelain 11 1/2″ saucer dishes decorated in Famille Rose enamels centered with a branch of flowering peony which is beautifully set off by the surrounding white space of the porcelain, the rim border a soft green diapering with reserves of grisaille landscapes. Both pieces displaying a perfect balance of decorative elements, color and white space. Both dishes in good condition with only rim frits filled. Ex-Matthew and Elisabeth Sharp Collection. Circa 1750-1760.

 

Yongzheng Subject Tea Caddy #7349 Sold

A rare Chinese export porcelain tea caddy decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a scene of a European couple depicting a rather surprised looking gentleman in a flowing black cloak presenting a basket of flowers to a rather exposed lady with a very undone bodice. The sides of the caddy with scrolling foliate and floral designs, the shoulder and cover equally well-painted with diaperwork and peony reserves, finely done probably in imitation of Canton enamel work. This was obviously part of a special order tea set given it’s subject matter and theme; one can only imagine the looks of the guests when tea was served! The rarity of the piece is attested to by the array of collection stickers on the bottom, having once belonged the Martin Hurst, Hodroff and Mottehedah collections. Measuring 4 1/4″ tall x 3 1/4″ wide and in good condition with only restoration to the cover.   Some black enamel re touched. A version of this image is depicted in Hervoet’s book Les Porcelaines des Compagnies des Indes a Decor Occidentale where they date it to the Yongzheng period, circa 1735.

 

 

Beautiful Yongzheng Period European Subject Plate

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain soup plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a gilt Du Paquier style border, hand-painted with a central scene depicting a reclining female holding a cornucopia beneath garlanded trees full of fruit gesturing towards a background with a shepherd and his flock and a thriving town in the distance. Beside her on the ground recline a chubby child happily gorging himself on fruit as well as a once threatening lion, now dozing and docile with contentment. The image almost certainly alludes to the blessings of Plenty and the peace that brings, and most likely taken from a European print source of the period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1735.

Fine Pair of Mandarin Baluster Vases #7210c

A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain covered baluster vases decorated in famille rose enamels with panels of courtly Mandarin scenes alternating with floral and butterfly designs, the covers surmounted with gilded foo lion finials. Measuring 7 1/2″ tall and in very good condition. Circa 1820.