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 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
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 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 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.
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.