A good example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this 6 1/4″ plate is neatly rendered en grisaille with gilded highlights with a central scene of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon within a grapevine rim border. This particular piece was part of a large tea and coffee service ordered by Captain Daniel Bacon (1787-1856). He was a prominent Boston merchant and ship master out of Barnstable, Massachusetts, he was one of the first to recognize the importance of clipper ships, one his his most notable vessels being the Game Cock. Services such as these were ordered in the early years of the 19th century, part of a cult of mourning and patriotism after the death of George Washington. The somewhat naive image of Mt. Vernon was most likely taken from an 1803 print by Samuel Seymour, based upon a painting by William Birch. Minute glaze line in the cavetto sealed, otherwise very good condition with only slight wear to the enamels. Circa 1810-1820.
A rather rare Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug with double strap handles, made for the American market and extensively decorated with Masonic emblems, a central sunburst roundel beneath the spout inscribed with the letter ‘G’, the foo-lion topped cover and rim both with a richly rendered grapevine border. Fantastic detail and condition. Virtually identical, or most likely a mate to, the one featured on page 209 of the book Philadelphians and the China Trade 1784-1844 where they describe it as having belonged to the “Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”. A great example of early American and Masonic history, as well as special order China Trade porcelain. Early 19th century. $6,800.
A really handsome and unusual Chinese export porcelain part teaset, made for the American market, hand-painted en grisaille with gilt details. The decoration finely rendered depicting an ‘Altar of Hymen’ surmounted by a classical urn and swags inscribed with the gilded initials JB. To the left in the background, floats a ship flying an American flag, the ship’s name ARAB proudly emblazoned across the stern. To the right of the altar is a maritime shield with an anchor upon which is perched a pair of lovebirds and beneath the shield the gilded initials LB. Surely this was a special order service, certainly from the ship’s captain and most likely some sort of commemorative for a marriage with the Altar of Hymen and lovebird themes being incorporated into the design. The ship ARAB was registered in 1806 in Salem, MA and was captained by one John Barton (1774-1818) who as a shipowner, shipmaster, and merchant became wealthy trading with Europe, South America and the East and West Indies. For a virtually similar piece see our Item #7345, a tankard, which does not have the inscribed ship’s name or lovers’ initials, so, interestingly this was a stock pattern which could be ‘specialized’. Circa 1810. PIECES PRICED INDIVIDUALLY: Teapot, sugar bowl, berry dish, teabowls, handled cups and saucers available. TEAPOT SOLD, teabowl/saucer – $750. , berry bowl – $450., sugar- $250.
We are grateful to our friends Sandra and Charles Cluthe for their research on these pieces.
A very fine maritime-themed Chinese export porcelain double-strap handled tankard, decorated en grisaille with gilded detail, depicting a ship flying an American flag, an ‘Altar of Hymen’ with classical urn and swags and a maritime shield with an anchor upon which perch two lovebirds. This appears to be a stock pattern that was available to China Traders in the early 19th century as we also have a part teaset, Item #7344, that has the same design, but personalized with initials and the ship’s name. This tankard incorporates a bird crest, possibly taken from a coat-of-arms. Either way, a great piece of early maritime China Trade history, in very good condition, measuring 5″ tall, and dating to circa 1800. $3500.
A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain plates, made for the American market, in particular from a special order service made for the Chew family of Philadelphia, each centered with a gilded star monogrammed with a “C”. The Chew family were active and very prominent participants in the life of Philadelphia- practicing law, presiding over courts, involved with the American Revolution and the Continental Congress, and later becoming very wealthy China traders. They built the beautiful manor house of Cliveden in Germantown, PA which still stands today. Their rich history with Pennsylvania is discussed in Philadelphians and the China Trade 1784-1844. The plates measure 8″ in diameter, are in very good condition and date to the very early 19th century.
One of the more attractive of the several versions of this pattern, this handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain plates was definitely made for the American market, each decorated with a central image of the Arms of New York state, the outer floral border heightened with a gold wash border. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition, dating to circa 1800-1810. $1250. eacg
A fine form, this lovely Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer was made for the American market, well-rendered with a variation of the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States supporting a shield with a bouquet of flowers within a roundel of gilded stars, a star-studded halo behind his head; a gilded swag border completes this Federal period design. The cup measuring approximately 3″ tall, the saucer 51/2″ in diameter. Some wear to the gilding. Circa 1800. $575.00
A fine Chinese export porcelain breakfast-sized teabowl and saucer made for the American market, bearing a finely rendered sepia and gilded-detail eagle, taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a shield with a floral bouquet with a star-studded halo behind his head, encircled with a ring of stars, the rim edged with a gilded swag border. The teabowls measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the saucers 6″. In good condition, with only minor wear to the gilding. Circa 1800.
A really fine Chinese export porcelain teaset, made for the American market, each piece hand-painted with a sepia and gilt eagle, based upon an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a shield with a gilded floral bouquet, a star-studded and radiating halo behind his head, and encircled with a ring of stars. Each piece edged with a gilt swag border. Comprising a lighthouse-form coffee pot; a drum teapot; a covered sugar bowl; a helmet creamer, and covered tea caddy; along with a pair of breakfast-sized teabowls and saucers as well as a pair of handled coffee cups and saucers. Some slight wear to the gilding and a minute line at the base of the coffee pot’s spout, otherwise in great condition and a fantastic example of a Federal period teaset displaying the owner’s pride in our new Republic. Circa 1800.
A fine Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer made for the American market, decorated with a sepia and gilt eagle, supporting a monogrammed shield bearing the initials HLH, all within a gilded grapevine border. From a service made for the Heminway family of New York, the maternal forebears of the Low family of New York and Salem, MA, very prosperous merchants in the China trade. The eagle appears to be after a design for the first Great Seal of the United States. The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″. Some wear to the gilded border, a line sealed in the saucer and two small pieces out of the rim of the tea bowl, sealed back in. The eagle a very finely rendered example from this period, circa 1790-1810. Ex-Elinor Gordon Collection.