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.  $4200.00

 

Fish-Bordered Mandarin Hot Water Dish #7497

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

 

 

Mandarin Plate #7495c SOLD

A fine Chinese export porcelain 10″ dinner plate, richly decorated in Famille Rose enamels and centered with a great Mandarin scene of figures on a rather grand marble and latticework terrace all within a lush border full of flowers and butterflies, all with gilded detail. Great detail throughout, note in the foreground the rockwork garden and the brushwork on the willow tree. In very good condition. This would have certainly made up part of an extensive and rather eye-catching dinner service. Circa 1820.

 

 

Pair of Mandarin Kidney-Shaped Dishes #7493c SOLD

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain kidney-shaped serving dishes vibrantly hand-painted in Famille Rose  enamels with central Mandarin scenes within a colorful border of well-rendered flowers and butterflies with a gilded edge.  Measuring 8″ x 11″ and in very good condition with only slight wear commensurate with age and felt pads adhered to the foot rims. This is always a pleasing form to add to one’s collection. Circa 1820.

Pair of Mandarin Hot Water Serving Dishes #7488 HOLD

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain hot water serving dishes, richly hand-decorated with central Mandarin scenes within gilded cavettos, the rim bordered with swirling dragons alternating with small reserves of flaming pearls, a reserve at the top inscribed with the gilded monogram of the owner who originally ordered this spectacular service. Measuring 10″ across and in good condition with the exception of a very small rim chip to one, and some stacking wear to one cavetto. Circa 1795-1810.

 

RARE Chinese Wallpaper Panels of Tea and Porcelain Production #7486, #7487 Sold

A rather rare pair of Chinese export hand-painted wallpaper panels, rendered in gouache, one with a scene from tea production, the other representing one of the steps in porcelain production. These were most likely part of  more expansive continuous scenes depicting the processes of tea and porcelain production and were at some later point cut down and mounted as screen or decorative panels. The tea scene shows the packers being brought dried tea leaves as they stomp them into their packing crates; the porcelain scene represents one of the decorators workshops where the pieces were hand-painted before being fired, a laborer in the foreground bearing a yoke of firewood for the kiln. Both an extraordinary snapshot in time, beautifully rendered in warm colors and rich detail. Each measuring 58 1/2″ tall by 22 1/2″ wide and with the usual surface scuffs and abrasions and minor inpainting expected of pieces of this age, but in overall good and stable condition. Late 18th/early 19th century. Sold individually.

 

Beautiful Chinese Painted Scenic Wallpaper Panels #7485 Sold

A pair of rare Chinese export hand-painted wallpaper panels, rendered in gouache on paper, later mounted as screen panels, depicting a father and son in their garden with their house in the background and with other family members seen in a gallery and through a window and with servants or vendors coming upon the scene, one yoked with baskets of vegetables. Are the squabbling cockerels in the garden mimicking the unruly child on the terrace gallery?  Lovely warm colors and rich in detail, these two panels were undoubtedly part of a more expansive scene at one time and would have captivated the western customers for which they were intended…and still do. Measuring 58 1/2″ tall x 22″ wide, the panels have the usual scuffs, minor inpainting and wear commensurate with age, but are in overall very good and stable condition. Late 18th/early 19th century.

 

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.