Impressively Sized Sepia Fitzhugh Eagle Platter #7473 SOLD

A very rare Chinese export porcelain oval platter of impressive size and desirable decoration, finely hand-painted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and centered with a large American eagle supporting a monogrammed shield and bearing in its beak a banner inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM  taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States. Part, undoubtedly, of a special order dinner service whose original owner BSP, as inscribed on the shield, remains sadly unidentified. Measuring 12 1/2″ tall x 15 1/2″, we do not think we have ever had an example of Sepia Fitzhugh this large and with an eagle of this size. Despite some kiln ash from it’s original production, this piece is in remarkably great condition with no damage or repairs, the eagle decoration intact and only minor retouch to stacking wear in the cavetto.  A centerpiece for any Fitzhugh or American market collection.  Circa 1820.

 

 

Plates from the Captain Richard Dale Service #7481

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain 6″ plates made for the American Market, each decorated in overglaze blue and gilding and centered with a classical urn surrounded by a sawtooth cavetto border, the outer rim edge with an elegant scrolling gilded border. In addition to being such a fine design, the plates are part of a service ordered by American Captain Richard Dale (1756-1826) on his last trip to Canton in 1799. Dale’s naval service included working with the likes of John Barry and John Paul Jones. After the Revolution, he sailed under private contract to canton in the burgeoning American China Trade before re-joining the Navy in 1799. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 204. Both plates in very good condition with fine gilded detail intact. $290.00 each,

 

Pair of American market DeWitt Clinton Soup Plates #7471 SOLD

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates made for the American market, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with an elegant Chinese landscape within a gilded spearhead border, the rim encircled with images of the Eight Immortals and centered at the top with a gilded monogram for DeWitt and Maria Clinton of New York.  In addition to this being one of the most decoratively beautiful services made for the American market, it was ordered for one of the most remarkable statesmen of the New Republic as DeWitt Clinton, as Governor of New York, was one of the driving forces in the building of the Erie Canal which made New York city into the financial powerhouse that it remains to this day.  He had also served in the New York State, was Mayor of New York, and at time ran for President. Both his father and uncle served in the Revolution.  Illustrated and discussed in New York and the China Trade, page 77.  Measuring 9″ across, in very good condition and dating to circa 1805.

Rare American Market Ship-Decorated Bowl #7440

An unusual version of a ship-decorated bowl made for the early American market, this 10″ punch bowl is hand-painted with a large blue star-studded “Jack” flag which denoted that there was either an ambassador aboard or that the ship was on a diplomatic mission of some sort.  This flag remained in use aboard United States naval ships until the early 20th century. The bowl measuring 10″ in diameter and restored. Circa 1800.

 

 

Pair of Vaughan Hallowell Armorial Soup Plates #7441c

A superb pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal armorial soup plates of interest to both American and English market collectors as it is one of three services made for Samuel Vaughan, an English merchant and planter in Jamaica, who married Bostonian Sarah Hallowell in 1747.  They relocated to England, but a large portion of the service returned to America after the Revolution when part of the family moved to Hallowell, Maine where they played a prominent role in settling the area in the new republic.  Each piece centered with the arms of Vaughan impaling Hallowell, finely painted, the rims of the plates scattered with floral sprigs, illustrated and discussed on page 576 in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II. Each measuring 8 1/2″ across; one with two small rim chips on the reverse filled, the other with glaze lines on the reverse which do not show through, otherwise splendid enamels in good condition. Circa 1770.

Chew Family of Philadelphia Pots de Creme #7443

A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain pots-de-creme, made for the American market, each hand-painted with a gilded sunburst design centered with the monogram C, from a service ordered for the CHEW family of Philadelphia, almost certainly Benjamin Chew (1722-1810). Benjamin, held numerous public offices and he and his very prominent family are fully discussed in Philadelphia and the China Trade, pages 44-52.  They kept a townhouse in Third Street in Philadelphia as well as a fine country estate named Cliveden in Gernmantown, which still stands today.  The sunburst motif seems to have been a locally favorite design as there are other Philadelphia area dinner services that were ordered with that motif. The pots-de-creme are in good condition, measuring 3 1/2″ tall, and exhibit a bit of molded detail both to the cover and around the base that one does not usually see on other plainer Export porcelain examples from the period. Circa 1795-1805.

Rare American Market “Cow Pox” 5 1/2″ Bowl #7434 SOLD

A charming Chinese export porcelain 5 1/2″ bowl made for the American market, from a tea service ordered by Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse of Cambridge, MA. (1754-1846). Inscribed with the gilded initial W within a chain-link bordered roundel featuring the images of two cows in a pasture. The bucolic imagery was not only decorative but also an advertisement for innoculation by cowpox as a preventative vaccine against smallpox. Though the innoculation had been known since early in the 18th century, it was still a very controversial procedure (as it remains today). Dr. Waterhouse innoculated his own children with this method and commemorated the event with a special order tea set. Discussed and illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 174. This bowl most likely the slop bowl from the tea set, with three lines restored, but charming imagery beautifully intact. Circa 1800.

American Market “Mt. Vernon” 7 1/4″ Plate #7432

A rare Chinese export porcelain 7 1/4″ plate made for the American Market, decorated en grisaille with a central scene of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, surrounded by a grisaille grapevine border with gilded details. From a tea service made for Captain Daniel Bacon of Boston and Barnstable, MA, a wealthy trader and merchant, and owner of  the renown  Game Cock, one of the fastest ships in it’s day.  The image of Mt. Vernon was taken from a period engraving, after a painting of the President’s home. The somber color scheme, part of a cult of mourning in the years following Washington’s death. The grapevine border after a popular English ceramic design of the period. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China in America, pages 168-170. Very good condition. Circa 1810-1820.

American Ship Lighthouse Form Coffee Pot #7423

A handsome Chinese export porcelain lighthouse form coffee pot made for the American market, decorated en grisaille with an image of a bird (an eagle?) perched atop a neoclassical urn resting upon a plinth bearing the gilded monogram CB, along with a partial image of a ship flying an American flag from its stern.  The initials are most likely those of either the ship’s captain or supercargo, as yet unidentified, who would have commissioned a coffee and tea service with their monogram. There are several versions of this pattern-both for the English and American markets. This piece, in very good condition, and measuring 10 1/2″ tall, dates to circa 1800-1810.

American Market ‘Arms of Alexander’ Plate #4649

A very interesting piece of Chinese export porcelain relating to an American General in the Revolution. This plate is from a service made for Major General William Alexander (1726-1783). Born in New York, he was a distant relation of the Earl Stirling, and when that line ‘died out’ he petitioned Parliament before the war to claim the title. Despite never having been granted that petition, he nonetheless fashioned himself the ‘Earl of Stirling’ and as was customary at the time, ordered an armorial service  bearing the Arms of Alexander quartering MacDonald which is finely rendered here on this plate, a central shield with ‘Wild Man’ and ‘Mermaid’ supporters. Sadly, hostilities broke out and the service probably never got beyond the East India warehouses in London before William Alexander died in 1783. Despite his aspirations to a noble title, Alexander went on to have a very impressive military record for the American cause serving in New York and New Jersey as well as at Valley Forge, Brandywine, German town and Philadelphia, being made a Major General in 1777.  Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition, dating to circa 1775.