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Impressive 19″ Platter/RARE American Market CABOT-PERKINS Family #4468

A very impressive 19″oval platter from a rather rare American Market dinner service, this beautiful Chinese export porcelain oval platter is centrally-decorated with an image of the Chinese Pagoda at Whampoa surrounded by floral motifs borrowed from the classic Fitzhugh pattern. It is from a service ordered to celebrate the wedding of Samuel Cabot, Jr. of Boston (1784-1863) to Eliza Perkins of Philadelphia in 1812. The image of the Pagoda an appropriate design alluding to Cabot’s China Trade connections as he entered the business 1817 and retired in 1838 one of the wealthiest merchants in New England. A real statement piece, measuring 19″ x 16″ and in very good condition.  The service mentioned and a piece illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 192 (although they seem to incorrectly name Miss Perkins’ groom as Dr. Samuel Cabot who was born in 1815!).  An example of this service represented in the Metropolitan Museum collections.  Price upon request.

 

Elegant Chinese Export Garniture Vases

 

Two truly elegant Chinese export porcelain garniture vases, one of beaker form, the other of covered baluster form, both hand-painted with over glaze blue imagery of vases of flowers, butterflies, fruits, and floral sprigs with gilded detail within reserves set against a finely detailed basket weave ground. Both reflecting the refined taste and spare decoration so popular in Federal period America at the time. The beaker measuring 10″ tall, the baluster vase 11″ tall, both in very good condition and dating to circa 1790-1800.

 

 

Very Fine Kangxi Dragon Jar with Chenghua mark #7881

An especially fine Chinese porcelain Kangxi period covered jar, hand-painted in the Chinese taste in underglaze blue with a pair of three-clawed dragons grasping at lotus sprays amongst a background of ruyi clouds, flames, and two of the ‘Eight Treasures’ – the double cash coins and an artemesia leaf. The base is inscribed with an apocryphal Chenghua horizontal six-character mark. In Chinese mythology Quilong is the dragon, associated with the sky and powerful enough to control the rain. The coins symbolize wealth and the artemesia leaf good luck and prevention against disease. Measuring 6 1/2″, in remarkably good condition considering its age, and topped with a finely carved wood cover.  Circa 1662-1722. $3600.

 

 

 

 

Pair Of Superlative Kangxi Plates

An especially fine pair of Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain plates, hand-painted in a brilliant and deep underglaze blue with a the central lotus blossom with a lotus form medallion against a diapered blue ground all within a lotus border with a shaped rim.  This lotus form appears to be after stylized Indian images with their scrolling leaves and alludes to the cultural design exchanges brought about by the China trade.  Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and just a brilliant example of Kangxi potting, glaze, and decoration from a period that created outstanding blue and white wares.  Very good condition, Circa 1690s. $2,250.00.

 

RARE FORM Kangxi Covered Cup & Saucer #7846

A rather rare form in Kangxi Chinese export porcelain, this very finely potted handled cup, cover, and saucer are hand-painted with a deep cobalt underglaze blue with an overall lotus theme consisting of individual lotus petal-shaped panels containing flowering lotus blossoms; the form possibly after European silver shapes of the period.  The cup and cover measuring 5 1/2″ tall, the saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter.  Minor enamel loss to the finial of the cup, otherwise in unusually fine condition. Circa 1690s. One of a PAIR available.  $1350.

 

 

Kangxi Lotus Form Dishes -2 of a Set of 6. #7852

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain lotus-form dishes very well painted in rich cobalt blue underglaze enamels, each lotus petal decorated with one o the flowers of the Four Seasons – peony, prunus, chrysanthemum and lotus, encircling a central roundel of flowers and insects amongst rockwork.  Measuring 8 3/4″ across and in very good condition, exemplifying some of best quality Kangxi export porcelain of this period.  Circa 1690s. $1,150.00 each.  All perfect & painted in a rich cobalt blue.

 

 

Frelinghuysen Collection – Four Centuries of Blue & White

A truly magnificent volume illustrating the expansive and carefully curated Freylinghuysen Collection of Chinese and Japanese blue and white export porcelains. Lavishly illustrated, the reader is guided through the last four centuries of blue and white porcelain in all its beautiful forms and decorations by the author, scholar and specialist, Becky McGuire who was long-time Asian Export Art specialist at Christies auction house. Four-hundred-thirty-one pages with great photographs –  a great gift for any collector – or for yourself!  $100.00

 

Pair of Kangxi Covered Jars #7788 SOLD

A very fine quality pair of Kangxi covered jars with reeded bodies and hand-painted in underglaze blue with figural roundels and bordered around the shoulder and base with decorative bands – one with floral bands of peony and chrysanthemum, the other with cranes amongst clouds and ‘antique’ objects. Both topped with well-carved wood openwork covers and both in excellent condition. Kangxi period, late 17th century. Lovely form and lovely condition.

 

Amazing Kangxi Period Double Wall Ewer #7845

A truly remarkable survivor, this extremely fine Chinese export porcelain covered ewer is hand-painted in underglaze blue with hand-cut honey comb panels revealing a double wall construction, also with painted decoration – the same conceit continued onto the domed cover. Decorated on the neck with a peony design, and on the sides with swirling dragons.  The form most likely after Middle Eastern/Persian metal wares but here brought to a whole other level.  Kangxi period, late 17th century. Very good condition. A tour-de-force of the potter’s art. Ex-Chait collection.  Extensively discussed and illustrated in Jorge Welsh’s book Ling Long, pages 54-59.

 

Rare Pair of Fitzhugh Quatrefoil Armorial Dishes #7882cd

A fine pair of Blue Fitzhugh patterned Chinese export porcelain quatrefoil shaped serving dishes bearing a central crest for either the arms of Alexander or Kiddell, illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Volume II, page 540.  This is a rare form, in a strikingly intense blue and in very good condition. Circa 1805.

 

Rare Form Asparagus Holders #7885cd sold

A rather rare and unusual form, something we have not seen in our many years of business: what we think is a pair of Chinese export porcelain Nanking patterned knife rests modeled with shaped sides and hand-painted in underglaze blue with Chinese riverscape scenes.  Used to hold your dinner knife while you were eating to protect the tablecloth from being soiled, these are rather well made and decorated and would have indicated a host’s refinement and sophistication to his dinner guests. Another suggestion has been made that these are brush rests for use in a scholar’s studio?  Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome!  Either way, a rare and unusual form, measuring 1 1/4″ tall x 8″ long x 1 5/8″ wide.  Early 19th century. $780.00 the pair.  (

Bill Sargent believes they are asparagus holders!    I’ll go with his expertise.

 

 

Rare Form like the Nanking Cargo ‘Feeder’ Cup’ #7830

A rare form and a remarkable story adds to the interest of this Chinese export porcelain ‘Feeder’ Cup decorated in underglaze blue with images of lotus, rockwork, and willow.  Made to feed broth the sick or infirm, this piece  may have been part of the great Nanking Cargo that left China with a load of porcelain in 1750, but was sunk in the South China Seas by a storm. The wreck and it’s contents were salvaged in the 1980s and its contents were sold by Christies in an historic auction.   This piece is in very good condition with only rim chips and frits filled by its previous owners, the noted dealers Matthew and Elizabeth Sharpe.  Measuring 5 1/8″ across including the spout, and 2 3/8″ tall.   $975.00

 

PAIR of Kangxi Period Teapots #7788 Sold

A fantastic pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period footed teapots, hand-painted in underglaze blue and of unusual paneled and dome shaped-form, each panel decorated with peonies and rockwork, the motif continuing onto the covers, along with swirling clouds on the handles and spouts.  The form likely based upon Chinese wine pots of the period. Each pot measuring 7″ x 5 1/2″.  One pot with restoration to the knop, and a chip filled on the spout and neck, otherwise remarkably good condition; the other pot also in good condition with no apparent restoration. Several small glaze losses to the handles of both – commensurate with age and to be expected on Kangxi pieces.  Circa 1690. The best pair of Kangxi period we’ve ever enjoyed having.  Circa 1690.

 

Fine Form Kangxi Covered Cup

An unusual Chinese export porcelain footed octagonal form covered cup from the Kangxi period, decorated in underglaze blue, finely potted and painted with alternating panels of landscapes and birds amongst flowering peony branches, the floral motif continued on to the conforming cover.  Whether its use was intended for wine or tea, this chalice form was most likely adopted from European silver forms of the period.  A splendid form. Some restoration to the cover, otherwise good condition and measuring approximately 6″ tall and dating to circa 1690.

 

Sybille Merian Botanical Plate #7673c

A striking blue and white Chinese export porcelain plate centered with an image of flowers and insects after an engraving by Dutch artist Sybille Merian and surrounded with a rich interlaced European style border. Merian was a accomplished woman artist who traveled to Surinam in the late 17th century and rendered studies of the exotic flowers and insects which were later published after her return.  Along with Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk, she is another rare instance of being able to trace decorations on Chines export porcelain back to a specific known European design source. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition. Circa 1740.

 

20″ Kangxi Charger #7624

A great Chinese export porcelain Kangxi charger measuring an impressive 20″ in diameter, decorated in underglaze blue centered with a scene of two courtly ladies – sometimes referred to as ‘Long Elizas’ – on a garden terrace within a wide border of alternating panels featuring the same ‘Long Eliza’ imagery and vignettes of prunus and bamboo, all within a shaped edge.  With three hairlines sealed, but otherwise in good condition and making a very dramatic statement indeed.  Kangxi period, circa 1690.  $5,200.00

Rare ‘Riot of Rotterdam’ Kangxi Plate #7256

This rare Kangxi period, Chinese export porcelain plate is decorated in underglaze blue with a scene from the famous and infamous ‘Riot of Rotterdam’ where the citizens of the Dutch city of Rotterdam, incensed by a brutally unfair punishment pronounced by their magistrate, ran riot and tore down the magistrate’s house! This act was actually commemorated in a cast medallion from which the plates (also special ordered to commemorate the event) were painted. This is the first European historical/political event ever to be produced on Chinese export porcelain. Measuring 8″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1695-1700.

 

Two Fine Small Blue Fitzhugh Platters #7241c,

Two lovely examples of Chinese export porcelain in the Blue Fitzhugh pattern. The small oval platter one measuring 7 1/4 x 10 1/8″, the more rectangular form oval measuring 7 7/8″ x 9 7/8″. Both in very good condition and dating to circa 1800-1820. Priced individually at $450.00.

 

American Market/Rhode Island Rogers Tea Wares #4926

A very fortuitous find to compliment our Nicholas Brown part tea set, this very fine grouping of Chinese export teawares for the American market bears the same double-heart decoration as the Nicholas Brown service, and with no wonder, as it was made for one of Nicholas’ early business partner John Rogers (1756-1810). Rogers was a sixth generation descendant of Thomas Rogers, a Mayflower passenger and signer of the Mayflower compact. The Rogers were amongst the earliest settlers in Rhode Island, arriving in Newport around 1638.  John Rogers was an original partner in the Providence firm of Brown, Rogers and Benson. This firm was the predecessor to Brown and Ives, a powerful banking and mercantile company originally built around the China Trade,  but transitioning to investment in American cotton spinning mills by the mid 19th century. John married Elizabeth Rodman Rogers, hence the initials on this set of JER. This service was undoubtedly ordered at the same time as the Nicholas and Anne Brown monogrammed service given the close business and social circles that connected the Brown and Rogers families. Very good condition. Old restoration to pitcher where the handle meets the top of the body, otherwise very good condition with bright enamels and gilding. Coffeepot SOLD. Pieces priced individually. Circa 1800.

Great Kangxi “Monkey” Soup Plate #4858

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.