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.
A very refined Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period molded lotus-form bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with a rim painted with images of ‘The Eight Immortals’, above a lower register of lotus petals, each rendered with alternating floral motifs, the interior rim with a stylized floral diapered border, the bottom with a central image of an Immortal seated upon a cloud. Other than a few very minor rim frits to the barbed rim, the piece is in excellent condition. Measuring 6″ in diameter and dating to circa 1690.
This elegant Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain punch bowl is decorated in Famille Verte enamels with alternating panels of flowering branches of peony and prunus, the panels resembling lotus petals, the interior similarly decorated within a diapered border with floral reserves, and beautifully presented on its own finely carved hardwood stand . Measuring 12″ in diameter and with two lines sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1700-1720.
A very impressive and very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain square-shaped jardinieres, decorated in Famille Rose enamels, each side hand-painted with a very refined scene of courtly figures-most likely images from a famous legend or opera-and each vignette within a reserve, one shaped like a peach, one a pomegranate, the other two within roundels. The rest of the jardinieres, and their matching footed undertrays, lightly decorated with floating blossoms and flowering sprigs. Each measuring 10″ square including the undertray, and in very good condition with only a short line to the rim of one of the undertrays sealed, otherwise two very useful and very beautiful jardinieres with their original stands. Late 19th century.
A classic Chinese cloisonne bowl finely decorated with an overall floral design-including peony, prunus and chrysanthemum, using an exceptional range of vibrant enamels all set off by the use of a gilded bronze rim and foot, as well as gilded wire separating the cells of enamel. Measuring 6″ in diameter x 2 1/4″ tall and in good condition. Dating to the late Qianlong/Jiajing period, circa 1780-1820. Formerly in the collection of James Graham, the James Graham Gallery, New York,(1915-1991).
A charming pair of Chinese export diminutive scholars’ screens, each with an elaborately carved frame and stand, inset with a “dreamstone” a thinly cut cross-section of veined stone, often resembling impressionistic landscapes, intended to be placed upon a scholar’s desk for contemplation and meditation. Measuring 10″ x 6″; one with a small line to one of the stones, and both with some very minor lines to the stands. Early 20th century.
A couple of beautiful little pieces of workmanship, this pair of diminutive round covered jade boxes are finely crafted and bear the Qianlong mark incised on the reverse of each. The painstakingly hand-polished surfaces are indicative of Imperial shop workmanship, the aesthetic and design spare in order to showcase the time and talent it took to create these near -perfect little objects. There is no extraneous details or flourishes to distract the eye from the simple beauty of the form and material. Measuring 2″ x 1″ and bearing the Qianlong mark (1736-1796) and in very good condition. Ex-collection of the James Graham Gallery, N. Y. (1915-1991).
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