A very charming pair of diminutive Chinese porcelain brush washers modeled in the form of Chinese shoes cast with relief detailing of black against a green enamel ground. In Chinese culture, shoes symbolize wealth as their shape resembles silver ingots. And, in combination with a mirror, they mean “together and in harmony”. This harmonious little pair measuring 3 1/2″ long is in very good condition with only a slight hairline to the interior of one shoe. Kangxi period, circa 1700.
A truly lovely and serene Chinese biscuit figure of Guanyin, the “Goddess of Mercy”, decorated in Famille Jaune enamels, beautifully modeled and molded-note her delicate face and the detailed necklace, ruyi scepter, and patterned robe. Minor restoration at the wrist of one hand, a small potion of the ruyi handle; and one fingertip missing-otherwise beautiful condition. Measuring 9″ tall x 6″ wide. Kangxi period, circa 1700.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain punch bowl of impressive 15″ size and decoration, hand-painted in Famille Verte enamels around the exterior with images of a pair of pheasants amongst rockwork and flowering branches of peony, the imagery of large, colorful and robust scale, highlighted with gilding; an iron red and gilded peony design centers the bottom of the interior. With a long line restored, otherwise in fine condition, perfect for a dramatic display. Circa 1720.
An attractive Chinese export porcelain Kangxi Saucer dish decorated in Famille Verte enamels with a central scene of a bird perched upon a branch amongst peonies issuing from rockwork, beautifully balanced and set off by the white porcelain background, and bordered with a band of diapering alternating with landscape vignettes around the outer edge. Measuring 13 1/2″ in diameter. With a rim chip filled and four hairlines all sealed, otherwise, good condition and with an Elinor Gordon provenance. Circa 1700-1720.
A wonderful set of eight Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plates, decorated in the Famille Verte palette with central images of large, flowing branches of peony, the other rim edged with a scrolling foliate design. Very slight wear in places, otherwise remarkably good condition considering their age. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and dating to circa 1700-1720.
A spectacular pair of Chinese export porcelain beaker form vases of impressive size decorated in the famille verte palette with a central band of dragon roundels edged with a lappet border all against a very finely painted peony and foliate scrolling iron red ground, the rim and foot completed with further intricate verte ground lappet borders. Very good condition considering their age, obviously much appreciated and cared for over the centuries. Measuring 17 1/2″ tall. Dating to circa 1700-1720.
A very fine and rather rare form, this Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain punch pot is exquisitely decorated in vibrant Famille Verte enamels with a profusion of flowers amongst rockwork, cockerels, insects and butterflies. This is a large size form for this early a period, as well as having a rather unusual mark in underglaze blue on the bottom of the piece resembling a ‘G’, possibly the mark of a private trader? Measuring 7 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ and with the exception of a line to the body of the piece, it is in fine condition with superb decoration. Circa 1700-1720. $6,350.00
An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period charger decorated in Famille Verte enamels, centered with an elegantly rendered deer within a landscape, beneath a pine, abundant with ruyi, a crane flying overhead and with the outer border also painted with flying cranes as well. The crane, deer and ruyi all being auspicious symbols impart a hidden message of longevity and endurance that would have been apparent to the Chinese painter of this piece, but surely would have been lost on the European collector to whom it was exported. Either way, a very fine piece, the vibrantly enameled figures standing out against the white porcelain ground. Measuring 15″ in diameter and with only a small chip and line to the reverse sealed, otherwise, very good condition. Circa 1700-1720.
A very rare form indeed, this charming Chinese export porcelain shoe is finely decorated and glazed in famille verte enamels as well as being painstakingly reticulated, the openwork pattern cut by hand-what a tour-de-force of the potter’s art to achieve this little gem after the arduous firing process, not to mention surviving the three centuries that have elapsed since! Measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and in amazingly fine condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1710.