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Pair of Hand-Painted Chinese Wallpaper Panels #7513

A charming pair of Chinese export wallpaper panels hand-painted with detailed scenes of daily life – one depicting what appears to be a family woodland outing, the other showing two scholars at a table in a garden with attendants carrying in all manner of exotic potted plants – the ubiquitous “ladies in a window” looking on.  Each panel restored at some point in their history and mounted upon a canvas backing and stretcher.  Needless to say wear and small restorations and re-touches commensurate with the age of the pieces, but wonderful detail, as captivating as they were over two centuries ago when they were painted. 51″ x 46″. Late 18th/early 19th century.        $2,500.00 each.

 

 

Charming Frog Brush Washer #7514

A very charming and auspicious Chinese export porcelain diminutive brush washer in the form of a frog decorated in a turquoise glaze and set upon a later custom carved wood stand. Along with their obvious association with water, frogs (and toads) symbolize wealth and prosperity and an object such as this was part of the accoutrements that would have graced a scholar’s table, perhaps given as a gift and a wish for prosperity and success upon graduation from his official exams. Measuring 3″ long and in very good condition with only a minor glaze lost to one of his small feet. Early 18th century. $750.00

 

Superbly Rendered Brush Pot #7502

A really well-painted Chinese porcelain cylindrical-form brush pot meticulously rendered in grisaille and shades of iron red with a wonderful scene depicting a scholars’ gathering in what appears to be the interior of a summer house.  Three scholars are seated at a table before a wonderful folding screen painted with a flowering prunus, while a fourth guest arrives amongst attendants bearing refreshments. From the bowls of treats on the table, to the patterns of their robes, to floral arrangement on the root table, everywhere you look there is some new detail to engage your eye. Measuring 5″ tall x 4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Late 19th/early 20th century, most likely Republic period.  $5800.00

Superb Yongzheng Famille Rose Brush Pot #7489

A very fine Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain footed hexagonal form brush pot, decorated in the Chinese taste in Famille Rose enamels with each panel containing a different figural scene.  Measuring 5″ tall by 4″ wide, this desirable form suffers only from some glaze losses along the edges of the piece, otherwise it is in very good condition with each panel presenting a rich and colorful scene.  A cylindrical Famille Rose brush pot of the same period with figural decoration measuring 5 5/8″ tall sold at Sotheby’s New York in September 2019 for $16,250.00.                     Circa 1730-1735.

 

Very Fine Pair of Kangxi Plates #7369

A very fine pair of thinly potted Chinese export porcelain plates hand-painted in underglaze blue with images of waterfowl amongst lotus, the scenes unusually unrestricted by borders and covering the entire surface of the plate. Both representative of the level of quality one can expect from the Kangxi period. One with a faint hairline from the rim, otherwise both in very good condition. Measuring 8 1/4″ in diameter. Circa 1690.

Unusual Chinese Taste Grisaille Soup Plate #7381

A very finely rendered grisaille Chinese export porcelain soup plate with a central scene depicting the Buddhist legend of Pindola who was a Brahmin and a general who became a devout Buddhist. Because of the religion’s pacifism, and Pindola being forbidden to kill anymore, the king ordered him to become a monk and retire to a monastery. While there, he heard a tiger howling during the night and began leaving vegetarian meals for it outside the monastery doors at night. The tiger became tame and docile and Pindola was from then on known as the Taming Tiger Luohan.  Now this is all very interesting, but what are the chances that the recipient of this dinner service in Europe in the mid-18th century knew the Legend of the Tiger Taming Luohan, let alone having specifically ordered this design? Either way, it is a great example of Europe’s unending fascination with the exotic East, and the cross-currents of design that were carried by the China Trade. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition with only a faint line to the rim and slight stacking wear. Circa 1745-1750.

 

 

Impressive Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte 17 1/2″ Beaker Vases #6052

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.  $12,500.00

 

 

 

 

EXTREMELY RARE PAIR of Mother of Pearl Mandarin Duck-Form Boxes #7301

An extraordinarily rare and beautiful pair of diminutive Chinese Mandarin duck-form covered boxes, each finely modeled with their heads raised and their bodies overlaid with meticulously carved and detailed mother-of-pearl feathers, both with great charm and personality. A small piece of each back lifts to form the cover of each box and reveals a mother-of-pearl Qianlong mark, again, painstakingly carved out of mother-of-pearl, and each duck nestled, perfectly fitting, into their own custom stand. The Mandarin duck is a popular theme in Chinese art as they mate for life and symbolize marital bliss and harmony. Obviously displaying in all aspects a level of quality denoting an Imperial workshop. Measuring 2 1/2″ tall x  3 1/2″ wide. Early 19th century. A similar pair with less presence and detail sold in Christies London, November 8, 2011, Lot 0218 for 23,750 pounds. 

Fine Pair of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #7075

A beautifully molded pair of Chinese export porcelain blanc-de-chine libation cups each simply modeled with a sprig of prunus in relief and raised upon a naturalistic tree root base. Very fine, buttery glaze, one minute rim frit to one, otherwise very good condition. Measuring 3″ wide x 2″ tall. 17th century.  pr. $750

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte Reticulated Shoe #7247

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.

 

Rare and Unusual Kangxi Blanc-de-Chine 6 1/4″ Bowl #7056

A rather rare Chinese Blanc-de-Chine porcelain bowl molded with a band of figures of birds amongst grapevines above a lower register of swirled gardooning. Measuring 6 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Bearing a Franzero Collection sticker as well as an old Chait Galleries sticker from New York. Kangxi period, 1662-1722.

 

Three Pairs of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #7075,7076, 7077

Three elegant pairs of Chinese export porcelain, blanc- de- chine libation cups, two pair finely molded with classic Chinese images of deer, prunus and cranes after rhinoceros horn originals, one marked, a third pair raised upon a delicate foot with leaf and butterfly decoration. Measuring approximately 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and in good condition, one pair with minor chips restored. 17th/18th century.

 

Rare Monochrome Glaze Qianlong Vase #7207

A very sophisticated Chinese porcelain monochrome vase in a hard-to-find iron-rust mottled glaze flecked with silver giving the piece a lustrous finish. The baluster form vase of lovely, balanced proportions, and the flecked glaze with a very consistent overall coverage-surely no small feat in the kiln. Very good condition with only a very minor frit to the rim. Measuring 6″ tall and bearing an old Ralph Chait label on the bottom. Qianlong period, 1736-1796.

 

 

Best Quality Yongzheng PAIR of Famille Rose Cockerel Plates #7071

A truly fine pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in outstanding famille rose enamels with the classic image of cockerels amongst rockwork and flowering branches of peony, all within meticulously hand-painted diapered borders, the rim with reserves of peony, prunus and fruits. All the jewel-like enamels sit proud of the surface-Yongzheng painting at its best. Each plate measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter, both with faint star lines to glaze of each sealed and not going through to the front of the plate  , otherwise, very good condition with fantastic decoration. Ex- Chait collections. Circa 1730.

 

Blanc de Chine Figure of Adam #6005

A very rare Chinese export porcelain Dehua blanc de chine figure of a standing male, variously called either a ‘slave’  or a ‘figure of  Adam’. There is also a female version described as ‘Eve’. Figures such as these were popular with Europeans who became interested in various cultures and their costumes (or lack thereof) as colonial expansion moved around the globe. A similar example is in the Peabody Essex Museum, and are mentioned in the 1721 inventory of  Augustus the Strong. Illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, page 93.  Measuring 9″ tall, with very minor chips to the back of the base and a faint glaze line going down the middle of the back, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi, circa 1700-1720.

Beautiful Set of 12 Signed Chinese Floral Paintings on Silk #5016

A truly lovely set of twelve Chinese signed floral watercolors on silk, illustrating Chinese Spring flowers. Each finely matted and mounted in a black and gold oxidized finish frame with a different flower, masterfully rendered and signed by artist Wu Meng Shu and dated 1905. Each measuring 10″ x 7 1/2″ (image), 16″ x 13″ framed. Each elegant, pleasing and soothing to study, and as a whole a beautiful presence in any room. Very good condition. Very good condition with only a slight foxing/stain to one. $9,000.00 the set.


 

Great Kangxi “Monkey” Soup Plate #4858

This wonderful Kangxi period Chinese export blue and white porcelain molded soup dish has an exuberant design centered with a phoenix amongst flowering peony branches encircled within a swirled lobed rim with alternating panels of further peony branches and a tree with a small monkey sitting in its branches. The finely painted peony motifs continue on a reverse with a small lotus blossom centers the bottom. Very well potted, with only a short rim line consolidated, otherwise very good condition. 8 1/2″ in diameter. Circa 1690.

Rare PAIR of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #4542

A truly wonderful pair of Chinese export blanc-de-chine porcelain libation cups made in the form of bronze archaic vessels, each beautifully molded and exemplifying the and elegance of these refined and understated wares. One handle replaced, otherwise very good condition. 2 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide.  Late 17th/early 18th century.