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.
An exquisite example of Yongzheng period porcelain, this fine Chinese export soup plate is decorated in famille rose enamels with an elegant scene of courtly ladies on a garden terrace within a richly gilded scrolling foliate border, the outer rim edged with a soft turquoise diapered border with small reserves containing further foliate decoration which is both gilded and silvered. The balanced composition and the soft pastel palette typify the refinement achieved during this period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and dating to circa 1730. Outstanding quality and condition.
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.
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.
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.
A charmingly whimsical Chinese export porcelain famille rose teapot modeled with two exuberant Foo Lions-one forming the spout, the other the handle-resting upon a brilliantly enameled body with reticulated bosses resembling lotus blossoms and the whole topped by a matching cover upon which perches a crowing cockerel, the entire surface is covered with color and pattern. Objects such as these fired the craze for all things exotic in mid-18th century Europe and this would have been the height of fashion gracing some lady’s tea table, besides it simply being an amazing example of the Chinese potters’ abilities. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide, with minor restoration to the cover, and the foo lion’s tail; otherwise in good condition. Circa 1740-1750.
An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain plate beautifully painted with two pheasants perched on rockwork amongst flowering branches of peony and prunus, the outer border positively dripping with heavy-laden vines and branches of multi-colored grapes with jewel-like enamels sitting proud of the surface. Traditionally the golden pheasant is symbolic in Chinese culture of beauty , good fortune and refinement and is often used on rank badges to signify nobility. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. (some stacking wear retouched) Yongzheng period, circa 1730-1735.
An exceptional example of a Chinese export porcelain plate in the famous Le Pecheur pattern, meticulously rendered en grisaille with a western of a scene of a fisherman on a river bank, taken from a European engraving of the period-note the attention to detail with the Chinese painter capturing virtually every line of the print! This decoration is then complimented with some superb gilding. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1740-1745.
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.
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