A very rare Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ plate hand-painted in the rare and sought-after Yellow Fitzhugh pattern. Since its creation around 1785, the Fitzhugh pattern was produced in a variety of colors, and combinations of colors, and yellow seems to have been one of the more rarely created colors due to its difficulty in firing. This fine example, with only rim frits filled, is from the Hodroff Collection. 19th century. $6500.
A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain candle holders modeled as a pair adorable recumbent pug dogs. Finely modeled faces and detailed fur help make these figures’ characters especially amusing. Measuring 9″ x 10″ and with restoration to the ears of both dogs as well as candle nozzles, otherwise the figures in good condition. 19th century. $4200.
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
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.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug with double strap handle, decorated in famille rose enamels with courtly Mandarin scenes below a richly and elaborately decorated border, the same motifs repeated on the cover and surmounted by a foo lion finial, all with gilded details. One scene appears to present an elegant lady with her attendants upon a terrace about to depart on a journey with her luggage and weary bearer, and a wheel chair ready for her, while the other scene represents another terrace view with a flurry of activity surrounding the arrival (or departure?) of a mounted messenger bearing a letter of some obvious importance in his hand. With an imposing presence, measuring 11 1/2″ tall and 9 1/2″ wide, this beautifully hand-painted piece has two small lines to the body and one to the spout, all sealed, and the foo lion finial appears to have had some small restoration as well, otherwise, in remarkably fine condition with bright, vibrant enamels. Circa 1820. $2,900.00
A very charming diminutive sized Chinese export porcelain footed cachepot and undertray, simply decorated in apple green enamel with gilding with a central roundel of floral decoration. Measuring 3″ high x 4″ in diameter, and in very good condition, a rare survivor with its original stand. Circa 1800.
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.
A completely charming porcelain menagerie of Japanese Hirado water dropper animal figures, very well-sculpted and detailed, most likely representing animals of the Zodiac. This collection comprising a boar, a snake, a horse, an ox, a rabbit, a tiger, a dog, and a dragon. Very minute frits to a couple of the creatures, otherwise all in great condition. Meiji period, late 19th century.