Exquisite Kangxi “Ling-Lung” Tea Bowl and Saucer #7356 Sold

An especially fine example of the potter’s art, this Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer is decorated in underglaze with both double wall and reticulated construction. This was, and remains today, a tour-de-force in porcelain production with hand-cut open work designs along the saucer’s edge as well as a honey-comb pattern cut into the outer wall of the tea bowl. If that were not enough, the inner wall of the tea bowl behind the reticulation is also hand-painted. This utterly remarkable piece typifies the quality of porcelain, glaze and sheer artistry of the Kangxi period artisans, and it is no wonder why it was referred to as “Ling-Lung” or “Devil’s Work” due to the amount of time, talent, and patience it took to create it. It is in surprisingly good condition with only one small ‘spoke’ missing from the roundel on one side of the tea bowl restored, otherwise, just a truly lovely object.  We have had several tea bowls over the years, but this is the first time we’ve ever had a tea bowl with a saucer.  Saucer 5 1/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/4″ in diameter. Kangxi, circa 1690.

 

Late Ming/Transitional Period Blue and White Ewer #7348

A very beautiful and early Chinese porcelain ewer, finely hand-painted in underglaze blue with images of lotus, chrysanthemum and branches of ‘Buddha’s Hand’ fruit-a symbol of happiness, good fortune and longevity. The form most likely after a European silver shape. A great form and size, approximately 9″ in height, and in very good condition considering its age with only a minute chip to the rim filled, and with an especially fine provenance having once been part of the great Hodroff Collection from which they dated it to circa 1660; we think it a bit earlier.  $1800.

 

Exquisite Yongzheng Mark Blue and White Saucer Dish #7327 sold

Very finely potted and painted Chinese porcelain saucer dish, decorated in underglaze blue in the Chinese taste centered with an image of a peach tree growing from the side of an ocean cliff, the branches heavy with fruit, as bats fly around them above the waves. The bats a symbol of happiness and the peaches of longevity, most likely a piece made to wish someone a long life of happiness, perhaps a birthday gift? Beautifully decorated on the reverse as well and centered there with a Yongzheng mark, most likely 19th century. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. $5,200.00

 

 

Very Rare Reticulated Dragon-Handled Libation Cup #7330

A very unusual form, this finely hand-cut reticulated jug is fashioned with a double-walled construction, the outside covered with precisely cut openwork within bands of underglaze decoration, raised upon an openwork foot, and possessing a charming handle modeled as one of the most impish little dragons we’ve ever seen. This classic form is based upon Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cups. The reticulation remarkably intact, one small line sealed, otherwise very good condition, and measuring 4″ tall. Mid-18th century.  $2,050.00

 

 

Rare Large Kangxi Period Censer #7319

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain 9 1/2″ censer, decorated in a deep underglaze blue with a continuous classic Chinese landscape scene running about its exterior all rendered with a great facility of brushwork. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition; this exemplary piece dating to the Kangxi period, late 17th century and, once in the Frankel Collection.

Buried Treasure! Eight 6 1/4″ Dishes from the Ca Mau Shipwreck and the Sotheby’s Catalogue!

A fantastic group of eight Chinese export porcelain 6 1/4″ dishes excavated from the world famous Ca Mau Shipwreck. The treasure trove of mostly Yongzheng period ceramics sank off the coast of Malaysia in about 1725, the resulting sale at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam in 2007 caused an international sensation. We are pleased to offer here not only eight blue and white decorated dishes from that sale, but the sale catalogue as well-in itself now, a collector’s item. The dishes are all decorated with a flowering peony branch and fence pattern and are in good condition for having sat at the bottom of the sea for about two and a half centuries; there are minor accretions to the surface, but, for the most part they all present beautifully. Not all eight dishes pictured, please write or call for more images. Circa 1725.

Exceptional PAIR of Yongzheng 13 1/2″ Chargers #7302A,B

A striking pair of superb quality Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain 13  1/2″ chargers, decorated in a vibrant underglaze cobalt blue, each with a central scene of courtly ladies strolling in a garden outside of a scholar’s studio, most likely drawn there by his playing a stringed instrument, the guzheng, while his attendant sits on the floor by the desk, enjoying an errand free moment, and his master’s music. The entire scene finely painted, with much detail, within a diapered cavetto with reserves of antique and precious objects, the outer border edged with the “Three Friends of Winter” -bamboo, prunus and pine, symbols of strength and endurance. Very good condition. Yongzheng period, circa 1720-1725.

 

Exquisite PAIR of Kangxi Rosewater Sprinklers #7297

A pair of very elegant Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain rosewater sprinklers, the beautifully-glazed attenuated forms decorated in underglaze blue with a scrolling stylized lotus design, and capped with finely reticulated and etched silver caps, most likely Dutch, and assumed to be of a later date. These silver mounts were often used to not only accentuate the porcelain, but sometimes to help cover up breaks and flaws, but evidently not in this case, as the mounts are removable and there is no evidence of any damage or restoration. Measuring 8″ tall and in remarkable condition and of superb quality. Circa 1690.

 

Very Fine Kangxi Period Bowl #7298 Sold

Just a little gem, this fine 6 1/4″ bowl was just meant to be held and appreciated for its rich glaze and beautifully painted panels of floral decoration rendered in vibrant underglaze cobalt blue. Of molded  form with each panel representing alternating images of lotus and peony. The reverse with a nice six-character mark within a double-ring circle. Small chip to the foot-rim a very few, very minute, rim frits, otherwise in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.