Magnificent Qianlong Period Wine Cooler

A very impressive Chinese export porcelain wine cooler, decorated in famille rose enamels with elegant flowering branches, the bulbous form raised upon a flared base and surmounted by a flared monteith style rim, the rim decorated as well on the interior. Heavily potted to support ice and wine for a lavish entertainment, this magnificent piece, modeled after European silver forms, would have been a status symbol in its day, gracing a nobleman’s sideboard, a sign of his gracious and liberal entertaining. Measuring 13″ x 19″ x 16″. With a crack sealed and a chip to one of the monteith lappets restored, otherwise, very good condition. Third quarter of the 18th century.

Charming Spoon Tray #5004

A nice example of an 18th century Chinese export porcelain spoon tray, of shaped form with Mandarin decoration. Measuring 5″ x 3 1/2″ and in good condition with only slight wear (from all those spoons!) and a minor frit to the edge. Qianlong period, circa 1770.

 

 

Very Fine Yongzheng Cockerel Tea Bowl & Saucer #4951

A lovely Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period tea bowl and saucer, decorated in famille rose enamels with reserves of cockerels and flowering peony against a meticulously gilded cellwork ground. Thinly potted and finely enameled, and in very good condition. The saucer 4″ in diameter. Circa 1730. $1,950.00

Yongzheng Famille Rose Tea Bowl & Saucer #4959A

With the quality of potting and porcelain and the attention to detail one can expect from the Yongzheng period, this vibrantly enameled tea bowl and saucer, rendered in famille rose, is beautifully decorated with lotus blossoms against a diapered ground. The saucer measuring 4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730. $1,400.00.

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

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


Rare PAIR of “The Doctor’s Visit” Plates #4158, 1 sold

A very finely painted pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in famille rose enamels with “The Doctor’s Visit” design after original images commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk. The unusual outer border comprised of fish within shaped and scaled lozenges which alternate with vignettes of water fowl. The fish theme continues within the central scene as two of the seated characters are actually each holding a fish. What this has to do with a “doctor’s visit” we cannot profess to say as this design has simply always been called that and the origins are now lost. What is remarkable though, besides the fine painting and wonderfully refined color palette, is that a Dutch artist was commissioned to create patterns for Chinese porcelain, featuring Chinese images, that were sold back to the Dutch market! An exemplary pair with only the most minor issues; one plate with a chip filled, the other with a hairline sealed, otherwise beautiful! Measuring 10″ in diameter. Circa 1745. Priced individually.

Qianlong Period “Eight Immortals” Soup Plate #4729

A real tour-de-force of famille rose decoration, this wonderfully rich and symbolic Chinese export porcelain soup plate is vibrantly painted with a central scene of Mandarin ducks swimming amongst lotus; the ducks a symbol of marital bliss as they mate for life, and the lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity, all encircled by a rim of the Eight Immortals, each upon an emblematic creature riding amongst swirling waves. Exotic imagery indeed, sure to have delighted the European clientele to which it was shipped, despite most of the Chinese symbolism having been lost on their Western audience. 9″ diameter.Very minor rim frits, otherwise excellent condition. Very early Qianlong period, circa 1740-45.

 

Rare American Market Vaughan Platter #4712

A great early Chinese export porcelain rectangular platter of octagonal form made for the American market and decorated en grisaille from a service made for Samuel Vaughan and Sarah Hallowell of Boston. The central decoration is based upon a rococo style armorial bookplate designed for Vaughan, and the rim contains vignettes of landscapes and birds upon flowering branches. The grisaille on the interior arms strengthened; rim reserves with somewear.  One of two we have at present (see # 4713).  . 9 1/2″ x 13 1/4″.  Circa 1747. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America page 34.