8″ Mandarin Plate with Boating Scene #7423

A vibrantly enameled Chinese export porcelain 8″ plate decorated with a central Mandarin boating scene within a very richly painted outer border of birds, butterflies, and flowers against a gilded ground. The scene appears idyllic enough, but the story goes that courtesans often operated these boats of pleasure as we see here with a lovely lady seductively playing a stringed instrument while a family’s boat is passing by and a young man’s attentions are aroused by the music as his father beckons him from within their boat to pay no heed.  Very good condition. Circa 1820. $675.00

Charming Mandarin Cachepot #7492c

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain footed cachepot, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with leisurely Mandarin figures and their attendants within a continuous landscape. The top edge of the pot bordered with a band of delicately rendered flowers. Measuring 3″ tall x 5″ in diameter.  In very good condition. Circa 1820.  $850.00

 

 

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

 

 

Pair of Mandarin Hot Water Serving Dishes #7488

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.