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Pair of Kangxi Molded Dishes #7620

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ dishes of molded form decorated in underglaze blue with central scenes of Mandarin dusks swimming amongst lotus with two cranes flying overhead, all within a multi-lobed rim with panels of floral decoration. The lotus is a symbol of purity, the ducks a symbol of marital harmony as they are believed to mate for life, and the cranes are revered second only to the phoenix amongst winged creatures as they are symbols of strength and endurance as they fly such long distances. Crane feathers are worn is amulets against ill heath. The molded lobed rim is most likely after European silver and delft forms of the period. Minor rim roughness filled, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1690.

 

Early Dutch Armorial Charger #7648

A great example of early special order China Trade porcelain, this fine Kangxi period 14″ charger is brilliantly painted in underglaze blue in a classic Chinese style with a central bird-on-a-rock design and lotus and scrollwork decoration with the exception that it has a Dutch armorial inserted at the top. The rather loosely interpreted arms are those of PELGROM and are attributed to Jacob Pelgrom (1655-1713) who was a French Huguenot who fled to the Netherlands in 1688 and then on to the Dutch East Indies where he worked his way up the bureaucracy at the VOC eventually becoming Director of Begal by the time of his death. A beautiful piece of Kangxi porcelain with a very early European connection.  Illustrated and discussed in Kroes’  Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 108. Very good condition, circa 1700-1710.

 

Impressive 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

Pair of Kangxi Lotus Form Dishes #7592

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lotus-form 9″ dishes, each lotus petal panel hand-painted in vibrant cobalt blue with flowering branches of peony, prunus, lotus, and chrysanthemum amongst rockwork and insects, the flowers representing the four seasons, and both dishes edged with a chocolate rim . Each measuring 9″ across …. a few frits to the chocolate rim re-touched.  Kangxi period, circa 1690.  $3,400.00/pair.

Pair of Kangxi Period Doucai Plates #7576

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain 8 3/4″ plates decorated in the Doucai style, a technique originating in the Ming Dynasty and later revived during the Qing Dynasty.  Roughly translated it means “Fitted Colors” and it describes the technique of basically creating outlines of the design in underglaze blue, firing the piece, and then filling or “fitting in” the rest of the colors of the image in overglaze enamels, requiring a second firing.  In this pair we have an elegantly rendered central scene of bamboo entwined with flowers with the floral motif of flowering branches continuing around the rim. One with a small flake to the reverse, the other with a very small frit to the rim, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi period, late 17th/ early 18th century.  $3,200.00 the pair.

 

Plates from the Captain Richard Dale Service #7481

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain 6″ plates made for the American Market, each decorated in overglaze blue and gilding and centered with a classical urn surrounded by a sawtooth cavetto border, the outer rim edge with an elegant scrolling gilded border. In addition to being such a fine design, the plates are part of a service ordered by American Captain Richard Dale (1756-1826) on his last trip to Canton in 1799. Dale’s naval service included working with the likes of John Barry and John Paul Jones. After the Revolution, he sailed under private contract to canton in the burgeoning American China Trade before re-joining the Navy in 1799. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 204. Both plates in very good condition with fine gilded detail intact. $290.00 each,

 

Kangx Period – Pair of Hunting Scene Plates #7478 Three Available

Thinly potted and decorated in the richest underglaze cobalt blue, this pair of generously-sized scalloped rim plates measure 10″ in diameter and are hand-painted with a central scene of a mounted man and woman  out hunting within a landscape, all within a rim bordered with “penciled” stylized lotus. The reverse also with stylized lotus around the rim and centered with a Chenghua mark. Illustrated and discussed in David Howard’s book, The Choice of the Private Trader, page 42, where he notes that the Chenghua mark (1465-1487) was not intended as a forgery, but rather a compliment to the quality of the piece, and, was used to replace the Kangxi mark as the emperor had forbidden the use of his name on porcelain for export after 1782.  Other than the usual minor rim frits one expects with pieces of this age, they are in excellent condition. Circa 1690. Ex-Mario Buatta Collection. $1450. each

Impressive 8″ Transitional/Kangxi Period Silver-Mounted Tea Caddy #7449

A fine piece of Chinese export Transitional/Kangxi period porcelain decorated in underglaze blue with a charming scene of three young children frolicking in a landscape as their mother proudly looks on. Beautifully potted, painted and glazed quality typical of this period. The marked silver top most likely Dutch and a later addition, complimenting the fine blue decoration, and allowing for what probably was a baluster vase to be transformed into a very impressive tea caddy. Measuring 8″ tall and in very good condition. Transitional/Kangxi period, circa 1640-1660.

 

 

Kangxi Period, Riot of Rotterdam Plate #7450

A beautifully rendered example of this well-known design-this Chinese export porcelain 8″ plate is decorated in underglaze blue with a scene from the “Riot of Rotterdam”.  As the story goes, a magistrate of the city passed an especially cruel and excessive verdict upon a local miscreant for a crime. So outraged were the citizens of the city over this miscarriage of justice that they rioted, attacked the magistrate’s house, and razed it to the ground. This act of public defiance to overbearing injustice became famous and was widely reported throughout Europe, the Dutch even struck a medallion to commemorate the action and it is from this medallion that the design for the plate was most likely taken. This is the first European historical event that is rendered upon a piece of Chinese porcelain. Dating to the Kangxi period, in very good condition, circa 1695-1700.

Impressive Pair of Pronk Vases #3434

An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain ‘Pronk’ baluster form vases, decorated in a soft blue with elegant renderings of fritillaria and butteflies. Measuring an impressive 12 ” tall, these elegant vases are modeled after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk who was commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to create designs for Chinese export wares in the 1740s, one of the rare instances where we can actually indentify a specific European artist. Losses to some areas along the edged restored, otherwise, very good condition. Circa 1745.

 

Beautuful Pair of Kangxi Period Garniture Vases #7374

A very attractive and very decorative pair of Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain 12″ covered garniture vases of spiral molded form with panels of peony and prunus  decoration hand-painted in brilliant cobalt blue. Pairs and sets of vases such as these were highly sought-after in Europe at the time and were considered essential to any fashionable interior; Queen Mary of England herself encouraging the mania for blue and white with her collections at Kensington Palace.  Restoration to the finial of one vase, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1690.  $4,200.00

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 ‘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.

 

Rare Large Transitional Vase #6021 sold

A fine Chinese export porcelain Transitional period garlic necked vase of unusually large size, decorated in underglaze blue with scenes of scholars and their attendants within a landscape. Measuring an impressive 16 1/2″ tall, and in remarkably good condition. Circa 1640.

Impressive Qianlong Period Tureen #5038

A fine Chinese export porcelain covered tureen of rare and impressive size with a molded and shaped bombe form and robustly scrolling handles, decorated in underglaze blue with classic Chinese landscape scenes, the conforming cover with vignettes of flowering branches, all surmounted by a flower bouquet formed knop. Measuring 10″ x 19″ x 11″. A small curved line to the bottom interior edge, and some very minor glaze fritting along the edge of the cover, otherwise a beautiful and impressive centerpiece for any table or sideboard. Circa 1770-1780.

Marked Yongzheng Period Snuff Bottle

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period snuff bottle in the form of a baluster vase and decorated in underglaze blue with peasants within a classic landscape and a scholar in his study, the bottom centered with a Yongzheng mark and of the period. Despite it being only 2″ tall, as much care and attention was lavished on its decoration as if it were a temple vase. Minor frit at the rim color filled and faint lines sealed in the body . The stopper and spoon, if not original, is a very old replacement. A rare survivor indeed. Circa 1730. $1280.00

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.