A truly elegant piece illustrating the refinement and quality so typical of the Yongzheng period, this lovely eggshell thin tea bowl and saucer are meticulously hand-painted in famille rose enamels with floral cartouches in reserve against a gilded diapered ground. The saucer measuring 4 1/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 1 1/2″ tall. The diminutive size reflects the luxuriously expensive price of tea at the time-both the porcelain and the beverage it contained were great status symbols. Very good condition, circa 1730.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.