An especially fine Chinese porcelain libation cup decorated in the Famille Jaune palette with a charmingly modeled dragon handle. Very good condition, measuring 4 1/4″ across and dating to the late 17th – early 18th century. $2,400.00
Of unusual form, this finely modeled Chinese porcelain water dish/dropper is made in the form of a lotus pad and whimsically includes within its curled leaves a small duck and lotus blossom, the lotus pad itself brilliantly enameled and detailed – especially the modeling of the reverse side. Part of the writing accoutrements that made up part of a scholar’s studio, the water holder or dropper was essential to the making of ink and was sometimes made in whimsical or thought-provoking forms such as these. In this instance a duck combined with the lotus denotes a wish for happiness – perhaps the dish was a gift to a scholar upon his graduation from his exams? Measuring 2″ x 6 1/4″ and in good condition with the exception of a small retouch to the head and beak of the duck. Late Qianlong period, last quarter of the 18th century.
A very finely hand-painted Chinese export porcelain 9″ dinner plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the Chinese taste with a central richly detailed landscape within a foliate gilded cavetto and an elegant scrollwork rim border. Good condition with only slight wear to the gilded border and faint hairline to the rim. Qianlong period, mid-18th century.
A charming, beautifully constructed Kangxi period Chinese scholar’s brush rest of openwork design and painted in classic Famille Verte yellow and green glazes on a biscuit body. Despite being a basically utilitarian piece, and a rather rare survivor, this lovely object was produced with the same attention to detail and quality as a larger decorative piece and would have been an essential item in a scholar’s studio as part of his writing equipage. Measuring 1 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ x 1 7/8″ and in good condition with not apparent restorations. Discussed in Luisa Vinhais’ and Jorge Welsh’s book Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, pages 120-123. Kangxi period, late 17th century. $1,350.00
A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain 8 3/4″ plates decorated in the Doucai style, a technique originating in the Ming Dynasty and later revived during the Qing Dynasty. Roughly translated it means “Fitted Colors” and it describes the technique of basically creating outlines of the design in underglaze blue, firing the piece, and then filling or “fitting in” the rest of the colors of the image in overglaze enamels, requiring a second firing. In this pair we have an elegantly rendered central scene of bamboo entwined with flowers with the floral motif of flowering branches continuing around the rim. One with a small flake to the reverse, the other with a very small frit to the rim, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi period, late 17th/ early 18th century. $3,200.00 the pair.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.