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Mandarin Cider Jug #7585 SOLD

A fine strap-handled Chinese export porcelain cider jug decorated with Famille Rose enamels with a wonderfully detailed Mandarin scene and colorful butterflies and floral sprigs, the jug and cover edged with a rich gilded dragon border and surmounted by a gilded foo lion finial. Measuring approximately  9 1/2″ tall with  restoration to a chip on the lip, handle, and u hairline to the body . A superlative example of Mandarin decoration.  Circa 1810-18

 

Fine Pair of Mandarin Hot Water Dishes #7488

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain hot water dishes decorated in Famille Rose enamels with Mandarin decoration, each centered with a detailed scene of courtly Mandarin life within a fantastical rim bordered with swirling dragons chasing the flaming pearl, the top of the plates with a reserve inscribed with the gilded initials of the original owner of the service. In an era that produced some really brilliant designs, this is one of the best examples of the Mandarin services that we’ve had.  Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter; one with a chip to the reverse, and both with very minor wear commensurate with age.  Circa 1800.  $2,200.00 the pair.

 

Rare Borderless Mandarin Plates #7587 Sold

A set of three Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ borderless plates decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels with wonderfully detailed Mandarin scenes; one with an official being received by a noble lady seated upon her terrace with attendants; a second plate depicting a lady seated in a garden playing the classic stringed instrument, the guzheng, to a rather enrapt group of ladies around her; and a third scene showing another terrace scene with a dancer and two not-so-amused Mandarins seated at a table both apparently asleep, one with his back to the performers!  These are somewhat unusual designs as most plates are decorated with images or scenes within borders around the cavetto and rims, here we have these scenes treated as paintings rendered across the entire surface of the plates. ……. highly decorative and insightful views into Mandarin life two centuries ago. (chips to rim restored)Circa 1810-1820.

 

 

Black Fitzhugh Tea Bowl and Saucer #7571 Sold

A very rare Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer meticulously hand-painted in the Black Fitzhugh pattern with a lush floral border and centered with a monogrammed roundel inscribed AH, undoubtedly the original owner who special-ordered this striking service. The Fitzhugh pattern remained very popular since its first appearance in the later 18th century and the pattern was eventually rendered in a variety of colors ranging from the most common, blue, to more rare colored designs with black being one of the rarest. The saucer measuring 5 3/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″.  In good condition with the exception of two faint lines to the tea bowl, easily sealed; the black decoration strong with virtually no wear whatsoever, minor wear to the gilded edge.  Circa 1810-1820.  Price upon request.

Charming “Love Bird” Mug #7594 Sold

An early 19th century Chinese export porcelain mug with a double-strapped handle, charmingly decorated with a gilded grapevine bordered roundel centered with a pair of love birds, beneath an elegant salmon and sepia classical Regency border. Almost certainly made to celebrate an marriage, measuring 4 3/4″ tall and in very good condition. Circa 1805.  $195.00

 

 

Pair of Marked Sepia Fitzhugh Covered Rice Bowls #7572

A very finely made pair of Chinese export porcelain covered rice bowls and under dishes meticulously hand-painted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and highlighted with gilt enamel, each piece unusually signed with a six-figure Chinese mark within a square.  The rendering of this elaborate pattern is of the highest order and the condition of these pieces is very good with only the most minimal of wear and no apparent restoration. The saucer under dish measuring 5 3/4″ in diameter, the bowl 2 1/2″ in diameter and 4″ tall.  Circa 1810-20.  $650.00 each.

Rare Manigault Sepia Fitzhugh Pot-de-Creme #7572

A very desirable Chinese export porcelain covered pot-de-creme finely hand-painted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, made for the American Market and specifically Gabriel Henry Manigault (1789-1834) of Charleston, South Carolina. Gabriel’s younger brother, Charles Izard Manigault, traveled to Canton and the Far East between 1817 and 1823 and it was during this time that he ordered two services – one for his brother and one for himself.  Gabriel’s service, seen here, bears his initials within a belted roundel with a Latin motto that translates to “It is better to anticipate than avenge” which is surmounted by an Native American crest.  There are several American market services ordered for prominent families in this Sepia Fitzhugh pattern around this 1820 period, and all bear this spectacular level of quality of painting.  Many bespoke services were for families in the New England and mid-Atlantic states; this is one of the far rarer examples with a specific Southern connection.  Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 56, 61. Measuring 3 1/4″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide and in very good condition.  ($7200.)

 

18 5/8″ + Mandarin Platter and Mazzarene #7533

A truly impressive 18 1/2″ Chinese export porcelain platter and mazzarene decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels with richly detailed Mandarin court scenes; the platter with a scene of a great noble, or perhaps the Emperor himself, seated in a portico with attendants while noble personages are lined up to pay court; the mazzarene with a less decorous scene depicting a grand meal on a garden terrace with a guest sitting on the floor…perhaps one two many “libation cups”?  Note the attention to detail with the servants and dishes of food. Both pieces edged with lush garden imagery with fretwork fences, birds, flowers and butterflies.  Very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.  $6800

 

American Market Tablewares, Nantucket Provenance

A group of fine Chinese export porcelain tablewares made for the American market, vibrantly edged in a beautiful apple green border with gilded detail – each piece with a small gilded floral sprig. In addition to their decorative quality, they have a history of descent in the Russell-Macy-Starbuck families of Nantucket. The simple design would have appealed to the Quaker aesthetic of these prominent island families at the time and the apple green enamel border was relatively rare on Chinese export wares as we know of only one other service made for the American market and that went into New haven, CT.  The group comprises; a large 15″ oval platter; an 11″ reticulated basket and undertray and a pair of covered strap-handled pots-de-cremes. All in very good condition with only the basket handles with restoration and they appear to be original. Early 19th century. $2,800.00 the group.

 

Pair of Mandarin Tea Bowls and Saucers #7426 ONE SOLD

A really pleasing palette of Famille Rose colors helps make this charming pair of Chinese export porcelain tea bowls and saucers so appealing. Each piece is centered with a Mandarin scene of a scholar at his table with attendants while being approached by a supplicant bearing a goose. The general theme to this story is that the scholar was a legendary calligrapher who took inspiration from watching the movement of geese and the marks they left when padding about the ground. The supplicant, wishing to be trained by the master here offers him his finest goose in hopes of being taken on as a student. The scenes are finely painted within a light turquoise latticework border with with animal vignettes. This story was used to decorated some of the fine Rockefeller and palaceware services of the 1790s-early 1800s. Good condition with only a small rim chip to one restored, and the second with a faint hairline (easily restorable) to the tea bowl. Circa 1800-1810.  $750.00 each.

Sepia Fitzhugh Plates #7435 – One Sold

A pair of meticulously hand-painted Chinese export porcelain dinner plates rendered in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, in very good condition with only the slightest of stacking wear. The Fitzhugh pattern originated around 1785 and this popular design went through a range of versions in different colors, the Sepia dating to circa 1820. $875.00 ea.

Great Pair of Elephant Form Candleholders #7503

A very engaging pair of Chinese export porcelain candle or joss stick holders in the form of recumbent elephants, finely hand-painted and detailed with gilded highlights and underglaze blue ‘banana leaf’ decorated candle sockets, measuring approximately 5″ x 5″. Restoration to the rim of the socket of one and the elephant trunk of the other, otherwise very good condition. Similar examples are illustrated in William Sargent’s book on The Copeland Collection in the Peabody Essex Museum, pages 242-243.  19th century. $2,800.00

 

Fish-Bordered Mandarin Hot Water Dish #7497 sold

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain hot water serving dish, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a central Mandarin scene of what appears to be a scholar and his assistant on a garden terrace, the servant presenting a letter to a rather dodgy-looking messenger with a rather menacing-looking staff. The nuances of this meeting are lost as one is distracted by the totally charming fish-decorated border where koi and crayfish and crabs cavort amongst foam-green flower-strewn waves. Measuring 10 1/2″ spout to spout and in very good condition. Circa 1820.  $1,150.00

 

 

Pair of Chinese Export Pewter Ginger Jars #7475

A handsome and very decorative pair of Chinese export pewter ginger jars of lobed form, hand-decorated with scrolling foliate decoration against a punch work/stippled background. Measuring 9″ tall x 8″ wide and with a small dent to one of the lobes- otherwise in very good condition and displaying well-the understated decoration and neutral grey body would work well in a contemporary interior. Late 19th century. $550/pair.

 

Impressive PAIR of Jardinieres and Stands #7291

A very fine, and very useful, pair of Chinese export porcelain jardinieres and stands of impressive size, decorated in Famille Rose enamels, each side hand-painted with a courtly Mandarin scene within quatrefoil, circular, peach, or pomegranate-shaped  roundels, floral sprigs and border, and each jardiniere resting within a footed tray with floral branch designs. The jardinieres measuring approximately 10″ high (with their stands) and 10″ square (the opening 8 1/2″ square. Very good condition and dating to the 19th century.

 

Mandarin Cachepot #7382

A very attractive, and very useful, Chinese export porcelain octagonal form footed cachepot richly decorated with a continuous scene hand-painted around its eight sides, rendered in Famille Rose enamels, and animated with courtly figures and attendants upon a garden terrace with a lady of nobility sitting upon a root chair under a portico receiving the crowd. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 10″ across in very good condition. Circa 1820.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Vividly Painted Mandarin Dish #7335c

A very finely enameled Chinese export porcelain diamond-form serving dished with a molded border, painted with a central scene depicting a pair of elegant ladies sitting upon a terrace (note the detailed ‘root’ chair) while they listen and watch as elderly lady reads and admires a calligraphic scroll being held out for her scrutiny by two attendants, a lady’s maid fans and cools her during her scholarly pursuit. All set within a very elaborate floral and foliate border.  Measuring 9″ x 10″ and in very good condition. Beautiful, bright enamels. Dating to circa 1830.  $675.00

Handsome 13″ ‘Arms of Oliphant’ Dish #7343

A very fine Chinese export porcelain quatrefoil-form serving dish, made for the English market, bearing the Arms of Oliphant impaling Browne. Measuring 9″ x 13″ and in very good condition, one of three services made with these arms, and dating to circa 1800, though the dealer label from Matthew and Elisabeth Sharpe have it dated a bit earlier. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 725.    $1250.

Rare Monogrammed Mandarin Plate #6008

A fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated with a central Mandarin scene of figures on a terrace within an unusual border of small white blossoms against deep overglaze blue ground, the reverse with a rare gilded monogram of the original owner. Seldom were the services inscribed on the reverse as this example was. Measuring 8″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1820.  $575.