A fine Chinese export porcelain 11″ charger, decorated in underglaze blue with a central design of scrolling peonies against a blue ground, the motif continuing around the rim which is painted with lotus petal-shaped panels with flowering branches of peony and diapering along a shaped edge. With very minor frits and glaze bubbles, otherwise very good condition. The reverse with a collection sticker from The Cowperthwaite Family Trust. Circa 1690.
An especially fine and rare Chinese export Ming period censor in the form of a standing duck. Decorated in underglaze blue, the top part of the figure lifting off for the incense (the smoke stains still within) and the incense rising through the duck’s open beak. This is a remarkably rare form in remarkably good condition given its age with only glaze losses from wear . Measuring 6″ tall x 8″ wide. Circa 1600.
A very fine pair of thinly potted Chinese export porcelain plates hand-painted in underglaze blue with images of waterfowl amongst lotus, the scenes unusually unrestricted by borders and covering the entire surface of the plate. Both representative of the level of quality one can expect from the Kangxi period. One with a faint hairline from the rim, otherwise both in very good condition. Measuring 8 1/4″ in diameter. Circa 1690.
A boldly decorated Chinese export porcelain dish charger hand-painted in deep underglaze blue with two central figures, a kylin and an elephant, beneath a tree, surrounded within an outer border of swirling dragons alternating with roundels of four of the eight trigrams of Bagua symbolism. The trigrams are symbolic of naturally occuring processes and inter-related basic principles of reality, balance and equilibrium. Each one can be associated with a particular family member, season, personality trait, direction or animal; the three represented on this charger stand for water, lake, heaven and fire. The reverse with floral and foliate roundels around the rim border and centered with a calligraphic mark. Measuring 13 1/4″ in diameter and with a small chip to the foot rim and some pitting and grit to the glaze all typical of a piece of this early production. A fine early example, circa 1580.
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.
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.
A very beautiful and early pair of Chinese porcelain ewers, 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 their 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 these to circa 1660, though we think it a bit earlier.
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