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Great Courtly Views Mandarin Plates #7723 SOLD

An unusual pair of Chinese export porcelain Mandarin plates, richly hand-painted  in Famille Rose enamels with wonderful courtly views.  In addition to the fantastic snapshots of Mandarin life, what makes these scenes more unusual than most is that the plate is treated as a blank canvas, the scene rendered across the whole surface to the plate, unframed and unconstricted by extraneous borders – not to mention the rich detail and unusual angles of perspective.  Beautiful condition, measuring 8″ in diameter and dating to circa 1800-1810.

 

 

Great Decoration – Pair of GRANT Fish Plates #7722 SOLD

A wonderful pair of very colorful, decorative, and amusing plates realistically hand-painted with with all manner of aquatic life; fish, shells, crabs and shrimp. From a service belonging to Frederick Dent Grant, the son of President Ulysses S. Grant. Frederick was born in 1850 and died in 1912. After attending West Point, his early military career saw him serving in the U.S. Cavalry before resigning to accompany his father on a world tour in 1887 during which time they visited China where this service was most likely ordered. In 1889 he was appointed U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary, and then later he served as Police Commissioner for the City of New York, and at the end of the century he returned to military service in the Spanish American War as a Brigadier General in the Regular Army. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1870.

 

American Market Rose Medallion Plate #7727

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market in the later 19th century, hand-painted in the Rose Medallion pattern with alternating floral and figural vignettes against a densely packed floral ground, centered a reserve bearing the gilded Gothic initial A most likely for DANIEL AMMEN (1820-1898) an American naval officer whose life-long career, postings, and accomplishments would fill this page. (See Wikipedia).  Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1865-1868.

 

American Market Rose Medallion BAILEY Plate #7715

A Chinese export porcelain 9 3/4″ Rose Medallion dinner plate hand-painted with a central roundel with a gilded initial B surrounded by four vignettes of courtly scenes and birds amongst flowering branches, all in reserve against a densely painted floral and foliate ground with butterflies and gilded rim. The central initial B within a shield is for the prominent Bailey family of Newport and New York. The patriarch of the family was one William Bailey who was one of the first settlers of Newport, Rhode Island is in known to have dies sometime before 1670.  Bailey’s Beach in Newport remains to this day, named for this family. With some minor stacking wear, otherwise in good condition. Circa 1860-1862.

 

Impressive PAIR of 20″ Mandarin Platters #7710

A very dramatic pair of Chinese export porcelain platters, hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with large central Mandarin scenes of courtly figures in expansive landscapes surrounded with a colorful border of fruits, flowers, and butterflies against a rich gilded ground.  Barely fitting into our photo cube, each measuring 17″ x 20″ and certainly treasured over the past two centuries exhibiting minimal wear and in very good condition.  Once part of a rather extensive and luxurious dinner service, circa 1810-1820.  $9,500.00/pair.

 

 

 

 

Pair of Jiaqing Period Crane Figures #7667

A very handsome and quite decorative pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of standing cranes, in mirror image poses supported by rockwork bases. Measuring 16 1/2″ tall and with some restoration.  Jiaqing period, late 18th/early 19th century.

 

‘Folly Fort’ Reticulated Oval Dish #7656

An 18th century reticulated dish hand-painted with a central scene of the Dutch ‘Folly Fort’ which was one of the first sights China Traders saw as they were heading up the Pearl River towards their anchorage at Whampoa and finally, after many months, Canton.  Truly, a snapshot back into the time of the early China Trade.  Measuring 9″ in diameter, late 18th/early 19th century.

 

 

 

 

Chinese Export Mandarin Platter #7622

A fine Chinese export porcelain oval platter, decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels, painted with a central scene of courtly Mandarin ladies upon a garden terrace being watched with great interest by a gentleman in a pavilion window.  The scene within a gilded and orange enamel border of dragons which symbolize strength, power, and good luck for people who are worthy of it, amongst swirling clouds and flaming pearls.  Good condition, measuring 11 1/2″ x 14 1/2″. Circa 1810-1820.  $1,850.00

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.  $2,800.00 the pair.

 

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.

 

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 SOLD

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

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.