A really charming Chinese export porcelain figure of a rabbit with a rather engaging crooked smile! Measuring 6″ x 5″ Restoration to ears . Late 18th/ early 19 century. A very animated and amusing addition to any collection!
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.
A fine Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ saucer dish, vibrantly decorated in famille verte enamels with a rather energetic design of a kylin on a fenced terrace with a phoenix flying overhead amongst swirling clouds. Prunus branches on the reverse rim, centered with an artemsia leaf. Small line to the rim and small chips to the foot rim, otherwise good condition with an exuberant design. Kangxi period, circa 1700.
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.