Exquisite Yongzheng Mark Blue and White Saucer Dish #7327

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 Fine Kangxi Blue and White Early Armorial 15″ Charger #7319 Sold

A very refined Chinese export porcelain 15″ charger, most likely made for the French market, and displaying an imaginative combination of Chinese and European design motifs with a central scene of a Chinese lady seated upon a terrace with a child set within a distinctly European scrolling foliate surround surmounted by what appears to be a noble coronet of an armorial crest. The western scrolling foliate motifs continue in the cavetto and outer rim, alternating with images of peacocks flanking floral cartouches (of what appears to be sunflowers?) on the outside border. An elegant balance is achieved between all this decoration against the white ground of the porcelain, making this an especially pleasing piece. Small chip to the reverse, otherwise very good condition, and awaiting its next noble home. 15″ in diameter. Kangxi period, circa 1700. $3,700.00

 

 

Rare and Unusual Ming Swatow Basin #7318 sold

Rather rare and unusual, both in form and decoration, this late Ming period Chinese export porcelain Swatow basin is decorated in underglaze blue with a central scene of  two cockerels amongst bamboo and prunus within a deep cavetto painted with birds perched upon flowering branches alternating with bamboo and peach, the outer flared rim with a barbed edge with floral designs in reserve against a diapered ground. Swatow wares usually display a very cursory, sometimes slap-dash, style of decoration, rendered rapidly, in washed out tones of blue, whereas here we have strong cobalt blues delineating a complex, detailed central scene and border designs, all within a great form of impressive size. A few very minor rim frits, otherwise remarkably good condition, measuring just under 15″ in diameter, and dating to the early 17th century. $1,450.00

Very Rare Reticulated Kylin-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 kylin we’ve ever seen. 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

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.

 

 

Charming Kangxi Period Silver Mounted Miniature Ewer #7276 Sold

A very charming Chinese export porcelain miniature ewer, decorated in under glaze blue with a lobed body meaning to resemble lotus petals, each panel painted with a ‘Long Eliza’ holding a blossom, alternating with panels of blossoming peonies, the spout, rim, and cover with later decorative silver mounts. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall, with a line to the body sealed and a small chip to the foot rim, otherwise good condition.  Circa 1690.