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Yongzheng Tea Bowl and Saucer #7668 Sold

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng tea bowl and saucer, finely potted and hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a lotus flower reserve against a blue diapered ground, each lotus petal decorated with a different flower, the motif carried onto the tea bowl. Exhibiting all the refinement and elegance of the Yongzheng period, in very good condition with only the most minute rim frits filled, the saucer measuring 4 1/4″ in diameter and dating to circa 1730-1735.

 

 

Teniers European Scene Saucer #7662c Sold

A highly detailed and finely potted Chinese export porcelain saucer made for the European market, hand-painted with a bucolic scene of country folk playing cards beneath a tree with a serving maid readily at hand with a jug of refreshments – a wonderful scene of farmyard hens and chickens about their feet. The rendering taken from a painting by the Flemish artist David Teniers (1610-1690) who specialized in this sort of peasant life genre and whose work was very popular.  Measuring 4 3/4″ in diameter, and in very good condition with only two very minor rim frits filled.  One of the best renditions of this scene we’ve ever had.  Circa 1740.

 

 

Rare Pronk Designed Handled Cup #7666c

A very finely enameled Chinese export porcelain handled cup with a broad band of butterflies and insects within floral and diapered borders.  Produced after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk, commissioned from the Dutch East India Company.  As these pieces very rarely appear on the market, we assume that this was a one-off special order tea service.  Good condition with only a line to the interior with a professional museum seal, the enamels in brilliant order. 2 3/4″ tall. Circa 1735-1740.

 

Pair of Famille Rose Wall Figures #7654

A very charming pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of a man and a woman reclining with their heads resting in their hands, designed to be hung on a wall, their forms complimenting each other perfectly.  We have not seen this form before, perhaps a gift to a couple, a symbol of connubial harmony? Approximately 8″ long, dating to the 19th century?

Rhode Island/American Market HOPE Teawares #7643

A charming and great example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this fine drum teapot and tea bowl and saucer  are each centered with a fine rendering of Hope leaning upon her anchor.  Almost certainly made for the American/Rhode Island market where so much of the success of the new state’s economy depended upon shipping and where the emblem of an anchor – a symbol of Hope – still is born upon the state’s seal. This symbol of Hope as a beautiful maiden resting upon an anchor appears regularly through the Federal period in imagery such as needlework. In very good condition. Circa 1795.

 

 

Superb Matched Pair of Mandarin Cachepots #7645

A great opportunity to have a matched pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ hexagonal cachepots with undertrays, vibrantly decorated with a continuous courtly Mandarin scene, richly enameled and detailed, each flared pot resting in a conforming footed stand with swirling dragon-decorated rim and floral and butterfly borders. Rare to have a matched pair with undertrays, especially in such a good size with such interesting decoration.  Very good condition with only re-touch to a few small spots of enamel loss.  Circa 1820.  $6200.00

 

 

18th Century Mandarin Teapot #7635

An especially interesting Chinese export porcelain 18th century teapot hand-painted with convivial Mandarin scenes within gilded cartouches in reserve against a black diapered ground alternating with puce landscape vignettes, this motif continued on to the cover which is topped with a gilded crown knop.  Also, rather unusual is spout and handle meticulously painted with a red and black diapered pattern.  Measuring 5″ x 8″, in very good condition, and dating to 1770-1780.  $1,375.00

 

Pair of Mahout Plates #7629 Sold

Two fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the Indian market, this pair of scalloped edge 9 1/2″ plates is hand painted in Famille Rose enamels with a nicely detailed central image of an Indian Mahout and his elephant, all surrounded by a border of bianco-sopra-bianco  floral decoration overlaid with individual flowerheads. There’s a long tradition of this sort of densely rendered overall decoration in Indian decorative arts and so both the subject and border would certainly have had an appeal to the Indian market. One plate possibly with a line sealed to the reverse, otherwise very good condition with no signs of heavy wear. Last quarter of the 18th century. $975.00 each.

 

 

Qianlong Lotus Pad Water Dish #7620

Of unusual form, this finely modeled Chinese porcelain water dish/dropper is made in the form of a lotus pad and whimsically includes within its curled leaves a small duck and lotus blossom, the lotus pad itself brilliantly enameled and detailed – especially the modeling of the reverse side.  Part of the writing accoutrements that made up part of a scholar’s studio,  the water holder or dropper was essential to the making of ink and was sometimes made in whimsical or thought-provoking forms such as these. In this instance a duck combined with the lotus denotes a wish for happiness – perhaps the dish was a gift to a scholar upon his graduation from his exams?  Measuring 2″ x 6 1/4″ and in good condition with the exception of a small retouch to the head and beak of the duck.  Late Qianlong period, last quarter of the 18th century.

 

Very Fine Palaceware Cup and Saucer #7621

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain handled cup, often referred to as a ‘can’, and saucer, very well-painted with detailed Mandarin scenes in Famille Rose enamels in reserve against a fantastically rich and detailed gilt ground of scrolling decoration, along with sepia vignettes of birds and landscapes and edged with a flowerhead border.  The artistry of these pieces is just masterful, the level of detail mind-boggling, note the game board the ladies are playing on the saucer, and the root chair a lady is sitting in, not to mention all the landscape scenes. This was some of the most expensive special-order export porcelain one could commission at the time and given the time-consuming detail and gilding that is understandable.  In addition, the elaborate gilding is frequently worn on these pieces and these are in remarkably good condition.  Often also referred to as the Rockefeller Pattern as Nelson Rockefeller owned a complete service in a similar pattern!  The saucer 5 3/4″ in diameter, the can 2 3/4″ tall.  Circa 1790-1805.  $2200.00

 

European Subject “Hussar’ Plate #7619

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate decorated with Famille Rose enamels with a rare European subject depicted The Wounded Hussar, obviously made for the Western market and taken from a mezzotint of the same name after a painting by George Carter, c. 1776. The central image bordered with a lattice edge and centered at the top with a shield and crest with a pseudo cipher.   Perhaps commissioned to celebrate an enemy’s humiliating defeat?  Circa 1780. $4,200.00

 

Qianlong Landscape Plate #7614

A very finely hand-painted Chinese export porcelain 9″ dinner plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the Chinese taste with a central richly detailed landscape within a foliate gilded cavetto and an elegant scrollwork rim border.  Good condition with only slight wear to the gilded border and faint hairline to the rim. Qianlong period, mid-18th century.

 

Four Tobacco Leaf Plates #7506

Two pairs of Chinese export porcelain scalloped rim plates decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the ever-popular Tobacco Leaf pattern, with a lush hand-painted floral and foliate  design in vibrant enamels and gilded highlights.  Measuring 9″ in diameter.  One pair, each with a sealed hairline to the reverse ($1,300.00 each); the other pair in very good condition ($1,850.00 each).  Circa 1760-1780.

Yongzheng Famille Rose Teapot #7567

A charming Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period lotus petal-molded teapot decorated with Famille Rose enamels, meticulous gilded diapering and grisaille floral decoration. Very good condition, measuring 4 1/2″ x 6″ and dating to circa 1730-1735. $2,500.00.

Rare Japanese Arita 12 1/2″ Pronk Design Charger #7472

A fine and rare Japanese Arita porcelain charger decorated in the Dame au Parasol pattern after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk.  Versions of this pattern were done in both Japanese and Chinese export porcelain and it was always cause for a bit of speculation why the Dutch East India Company commissioned a Dutch artist to produce primarily Chinese-themed designs to be rendered by Asian decorators onto Asian porcelain to be sent back to the Netherlands?!  Either way, the wares proved too costly to produce and the project eventually abandoned, leaving a rare example of one of the few known European artists to have supplied original designs to the Chinese and Japanese porcelain makers.  This fine example measures 12 1/2″ in diameter and is in very good condition with the exception of a small rim chip to the reverse restored. Mid 18th century.  $3,800.00

12 1/2″ Early Qianlong Famille Rose Charger #7511

A really fine Chinese export porcelain 12 1/2″ charger, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a beautifully rendered scene from the Chinese epic story The Romance of the Western Chamber. This image is one of the better known scenes where the hero is scaling a garden wall to join his faithful lady whose love he has been denied by a disapproving father. The condition of this piece is superb, the vibrant enamels sitting proud of the surface, and even the gilded detail is still intact.  Note the detail of the wonderful tree root writing table next to the patient lady.  Circa 1740. $2,500.00 net price.

Elegant Famille Rose Botanical Plate #7512

A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a finely painted branch of roses in full bloom within a gilded spearhead cavetto and rim with a light rococo-style puce border. The porcelain may be Chinese export, but the decoration here is clearly inspired by European designs, all combining to create a truly refined object which embodies 18th century elegance.  Tiny flake to the reverse, other excellent condition. Circa 1750. $750.00 net price.

Superb Yongzheng Famille Rose Brush Pot #7489

A very fine Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain footed hexagonal form brush pot, decorated in the Chinese taste in Famille Rose enamels with each panel containing a different figural scene.  Measuring 5″ tall by 4″ wide, this desirable form suffers only from some glaze losses along the edges of the piece, otherwise it is in very good condition with each panel presenting a rich and colorful scene.  A cylindrical Famille Rose brush pot of the same period with figural decoration measuring 5 5/8″ tall sold at Sotheby’s New York in September 2019 for $16,250.00.                     Circa 1730-1735.

 

Yongzheng Period Koi Decorated Plate #7459

A fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with images of koi  swimming about the center within a cavetto with a very elaborate gilded scrolling border, the outer rim with landscape vignettes alternating with with gilded branches of peony-all exquisitely rendered as one expects to find during this period of superb porcelain production. The koi is a symbol of conjugal harmony and happiness as they are believed to mate for life. Measuring 9″ in diameter with a line to the rim, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1730-1735.

Exquisite Pair of Yongzheng Tea Bowls and Saucers #7454

Yongzheng quality at its best-this thinly potted and meticulously hand-painted pair of Chinese export porcelain tea bowls and saucers are decorated in famille rose enamels with cartouches of peony blossoms against a gilded diapered ground. Very good condition, the saucers measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowls approximately 1 1/2″ tall-reflecting the pure luxury and rarity of tea in Europe at this time. Circa 1730.

 

Great Form Qianlong Cockerel Wine Pot #4982

What a wonderful form! This Chinese export porcelain wine pot is modeled in the form of a standing cockerel with a chick upon its back which doubles as the knop for the cover; one of the bird’s tail feathers making up the loop of the handle. All decorated in brilliant famille rose enamels and the sort of the whimsy that fired the imagination of European collectors of Chinese porcelain in the 18th century-as it still does today! Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide. Restoration to the feet and cover, otherwise good condition. Qianlong period, mid-18th century.

 

Qianlong Period European Subject Plate

A great example of special order China Trade porcelain being made with specific European subjects as decoration. Here we have a scene, most likely taken from a European print, rendered in Famille Rose enamels, of a young gallant courting a lovely lady reclining on a garden terrace, all the while the scene being observed by the lady’s attendant from an upper window, the outer rim decorated with a gilded scrolling floral and foliate rococo border.  It is interesting that the motif of the voyeuristic servant observing all appears in both European and Chinese art of the period. Very good condition, measuring 9″ in diameter, and dating to circa circa 1750. The reverse offering a small collection of prominent dealer’s stickers.

Great Set of Chinese Immortals Figures #7375 SOLD

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. Last quarter of the 18th century, similar example sold in the Hodroff Collection at Christies, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

Stunning ‘Cornucopia’ Plates #7340

A very beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain  plates , most likely after a western print source, exquisitely hand-painted in famille rose enamels with large central images of cornucopia, full of vibrant flowers and foliage all within a richly gilded and detailed floral border. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Mid-18th century.  Ex:  David and Peggy Rockefeller

$10,500.

 

Large Hunting Mug #7290c

A generously-sized Chinese export porcelain mug decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a hand-painted hunting scene undoubtedly taken from English sporting prints of the period, rendered around the exterior with mounted hunters with hounds galloping through a landscape in pursuit of a fox. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall with only a small rim chip to the interior rim, otherwise good condition. Circa 1770.

Rare Form, Large 6″ Famille Rose Beaker #7292

A rather rare form, in a rather generous large size, this 6″ tall Chinese export porcelain beaker is finely decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a beautiful flowering branch of peony motif and with a diapered border and flower sprigs on the interior. Lines sealed, but otherwise good condition and a great unusual form for a very thirsty collector! Circa 1745.

Superb Tobacco Leaf Tankard #7288

A really fine Chinese export porcelain tankard, decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the classic and ever-popular Tobacco Leaf pattern with its exuberant blossoms and abundant foliage. Heavily potted, with a scalloped rim, and crabstock handle, the tankard measures 5 1/2″ tall and is in very good condition with only a rim chip restored. Circa 1760-1770.

Very Fine Yongzheng Famille RoseTea Bowl and Saucer #7281

A charming and finely made Chinese export Yongzheng tea bowl and saucer, decorated with two horses trotting through a landscape with mountains in the distance and the much revered peony blossoming in the foreground. Thinly potted and vibrantly enameled with the personality of each horse just beaming. The tea bowl 2 1/2″ in diameter, the saucer 4″, both in fine condition. Circa 1735.

Exquisite Pair of Famille Rose Botanical Plates #7267

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose plates, each decorated with finely rendered branches of roses in full bloom encircled within fanciful rococo rim borders and cavettos edged with a gilded spearhead design.The central design almost certainly taken from European botanical engravings of the period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition with only one chip to the reverse of each. Early Qianlong period, circa 1750-1760.

Rare Form Openwork Famille Rose Plate #7235

A very rare form, this Chinese export porcelain plate has a wonderful border of openwork interlocking rings, decorated with a mottled effect most likely intended to resemble tortoiseshell. This fine piece is then centered with a beautifully enameled famille rose image of lush flowering peonies and chrysanthemums with a very exotic butterfly. Measuring 8 3/8″ in diameter and in very good condition. An example of similar form in the collections of the Rijksmuseum in the Imari palette which they attribute to the first quarter of the 18th century, this famille rose example circa 1740-1745.

Rare European Figure Famille Rose Tea Bowls and Saucers #7069 ONE SOLD

An especially fine and charming pair of Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge and molded tea bowls and saucers, meticulously hand-painted in famille rose enamels, each saucer centered with a rather rare image of a lovely European lady with her hair down, sensuously lounging upon a Chinese bed in a somewhat louche and come-hither pose, her shoes casually tossed off beneath her. (Not a very flattering interpretation of European women!). The borders with alternating panels of peony and chrysanthemum blossoms against variously complex diapered grounds. Each saucer 4 1/4″ in diameter, amazing quality and in great condition, ex-collection of Marchant of London. Circa 1740-1745.   $1850.ea

 

Best Quality Yongzheng PAIR of Famille Rose Cockerel Plates #7071

A truly fine pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in outstanding famille rose enamels with the classic image of cockerels amongst rockwork and flowering branches of peony, all within meticulously hand-painted diapered borders, the rim with reserves of peony, prunus and fruits. All the jewel-like enamels sit proud of the surface-Yongzheng painting at its best. Each plate measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, both with faint star lines to glaze of each sealed and not going through to the front of the plate  , otherwise, very good condition with fantastic decoration. Ex- Chait collections. Circa 1730.

 

Rare Scene Qianlong Period 16″ Punch Bowl #7044

A fine Chinese export porcelain punch bowl of impressive 16″ size and decorated in famille rose enamels with a rather unusual scene depicting a person of high rank, perhaps the Emperor, seated beneath a canopy, in a boat-shaped wagon with a dragon’s head prow, being drawn by attendants and accompanied by a mounted guard, all within a picturesque landscape-perhaps a great celebration such a Chinese New Year? An iron red enameled landscape centering the interior bottom of the piece. Three rim lines sealed, otherwise good condition. Circa 1750.

 

 

Extremely fine Yongzheng Famille Rose Plate #7033

An especially finely decorated Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plate, hand-painted in famille rose enamels with an extraordinary amount of skill and attention to detail, centered with a beautiful scene of an elegant lady seated upon a garden seat playing the guzheng, an ancient stringed instrument dating back to the Han Dynasty, behind her a cabinet filled with books and scholarly objects. This sense of refinement continues throughout the rest of the piece with beautifully detailed flowering branches of peony, reserves of koi and cockerels and a lavishly designed cavetto with grisaille diapering overlaid with an iron red and gilded scrolling vine. No effort was spared in creating this lovely object. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.

Yongzheng ‘Kitten’ Teapot #6044

A charming Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teapot and cream jug, lavishly decorated in famille rose enamels, with roundels depicting a garden stool and table with a a profusion of peony blossoms, beneath which reclines a white kitten, all against a densely worked ground with a variety of meticulously rendered diapering and scrolling foliate decoration, the cover as richly enameled and surmounted by a gilded foo lion. A very small area on the teapot possibly re-painted with line sealed beneath, otherwise very good condition and superb decoration. The teapot 5″ tall x 6 1/2″, the cream jug 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. Priced as a set. Circa 1735.  $4900.

 

 

 

Very Fine Yongzheng Teapot & Creamer #6051

Typifying the refinement of the Yongzheng period, this lovely Chinese export porcelain teapot and covered creamer are beautifully painted with elegant scenes of a man and a lady conversing in a landscape along with an attendant, delicate foliate gilded borders and flowering branches on the covers completing the design. The teapot measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 6 1/4″ wide, the creamer 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Both in very good condition with the exception of some minor glaze loss on the creamer handle. Priced individually. Circa 1730.

 

Fine Pair of CHAPMAN Armorials #4923 One Sold; One Available

A fantastic example of Chinese export special order armorial porcelain made for the English market, these fine plates are from a service bearing the Arms of Chapman quarterly impaling Wood quarterly with Edmundson in pretence. These elaborate and flamboyantly rendered arms with their Latin motto fill the well of the plate within a gilded spearhead cavetto border, the rim decorated with an understated rendering of elegant flowering peony branches in bianco-sopra-bianco. Services such as these were de rigueur status symbols for the English nobility of the 18th century, advertising their wealth and connections. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 411. Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in very good condition. Circa 1740.  $1,500.00 each.

Rare Yongzheng Ruby Ground Plates ONE SOLD#5029

A very fine pair of Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain ruby ground plates, each centered with a leaf-shaped reserve decorated with a cockerel standing on a rock amongst flowering branches, the rims with smaller leaf reserves with flowering branch and bird and butterfly vignettes, all against a rich ruby enameled ground, a technically very difficult effect to achieve in a kiln firing. One in good condition,  1 with rim line consolidated, both presenting beautifully and measuring 9 7/8″ in diameter. Circa 1735-1740.

 

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Tea Bowl & Saucer#4959B

Beautifully rendered in famille rose enamels, this lovely Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer is elegantly decorated with a scrolling foliate band of lotus blossoms, the bowl and saucer each edged with a “sampler” of borders of various soft colors and patterns with just the right amount of white space to balance and set off the design. The saucer measuring 4″in diameter. All in good condition. Circa 1730. $1,900.00.

 

 

Pair of European Scene Plates #4974 One SOLD

A beautiful pair of Qianlong period Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in famille rose enamels with a charming scene of a young gallant bowing to a lady reclining within a garden terrace, her bemused servant watching all from a window above, a European town lying in the distance. The rim decorated with a gilded, scrolling, rococo foliate border. One of the rarer and more desirable European scenes we have had judging from the collection of eminent dealer stickers on the reverse. 9″ in diameter. Very minor foot rim chip restored to the reverse of one, otherwise, excellent condition. Circa 1745-1750.

Yongzheng Cockerel Tea Bowls and Saucers #4838 Only One Left Available

The fine quality one expects from the Yongzheng period with its thin potting and lovely famille rose enamels is exemplified here in these charming tea bowls and saucers, each centered with a strutting cockerel and surrounded by three open fans painted with peony blossoms which divide the space into a very graphic pattern. A pair with pink reserve fans, and a single with gilded reserve fans. Very good condition, the saucer measuring 4 1/4″ diameter, and illustrated in Howard’s Choice of the Private Trader. Circa 1735.  $1100. ea

 

Famille Rose Bowl #4095

Fine Famille Rose Punch Bowl

A well decorated bowl with an elegant diapered border and basket of flowers. Some retouching to gilding. 11-1/4 inches in diameter.

#4095