American Ship Tea Caddy and Cover #7418A Sold

A nice example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this dome-shouldered tea caddy is hand-painted on both sides with an image of a three-masted ship under sail, proudly flying two American flags. Small restoration to cover and neck, otherwise good condition. Measuring 4 1/4″ tall x 3″ wide. Circa 1800.

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

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.

Fine American Market Eagle-Decorated Part Tea Set #7368 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain part tea set made for the American market, each piece hand-painted with a central image of an eagle supporting a striped shield beneath a halo of stars all within a delicate gilded Federal period style border. The image derived almost certainly from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States.  Comprising a lighthouse form coffee pot, a helmet creamer and covered sugar bowl, as well as a slop bowl and four tea bowls and saucers.  Good condition with only a few hairlines sealed and the gilding refreshed. Circa 1800.

Rare American Market “Cowpox” Commemorative Tea Bowls and Saucers #7265

Two rather rare and unusual Chinese export porcelain tea bowls and saucers made for the American Market, specifically ordered for Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846) of Cambridge MA. Each piece is decorated with a simple bucolic image of a cow within a roundel bordered with a chain of interlocked circles. The bovine decoration is actually commemorating (and perhaps advertising?) Dr. Waterhouse’s successful inoculation of his own children with the cowpox vaccine and their subsequent survival against smallpox. Although the treatment had been around since the early 1700s, it was still a rather frightening and controversial cure. Discussed and illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 174-175. One tea bowl and saucer and one breakfast bowl and saucer. Restored. Circa 1805.

 

Fine American Market Eagle-Decorated Saucer Dish #7370c

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ saucer dish made for the American market and centered with a hand-painted sepia image of an American eagle taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States and within a wide outer grapevine border most likely inspired from English designs of the period. From a service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, Rhode Island (1775-1843). He served as a supercargo and resided in Canton from 1802-1810 where he was eventually made U.S. Consul. He amassed a considerable fortune in trade during and after his return from Canton; his grand house still stands in Providence. In very good condition and one of the most attractive of the American market services produced. Circa 1810.

American Market New York Gov. Clinton Plates #7262

Not only fine examples of Chinese export porcelain, this beautiful  pair of 10″ dinner plates has an important American connection as they are from a service made for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton and his wife. Clinton was a huge champion of the building of the Erie Canal which propelled New York City into the economic and financial power house which it is to this day. The service itself must have provided the Clintons and their guests with a luxurious and cosmopolitan treat with its finely rendered Chinese landscape and border of exotic figures of the ‘Eight Immortals’. Very good condition with only slight stacking wear and one minute rim frit. Circa 1810-1820. The only known service of this design.

American Market Eagle-Decorated Cups and Saucers #7259

Two very beautiful Chinese export porcelain handled cups and saucers with each piece centered with a finely painted sepia American eagle, taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, and each bordered with a vibrantly enameled grapevine border-most likely taken from an English pattern design of the period. From a service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, R.I. who became a prominent China Trade merchant, shipping magnate and US Consul to Canton from 1802-1810.  He returned to Providence in 1811, having amassed a fortune in China trading on his own behalf.   ……