Great Form! Kangxi Lotus-Shaped Dish #7283

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lotus -shaped dish, decorated in underglaze blue with a profusion of chrysanthemums and peony issuing from rockwork, surrounded by lotus-petal-shaped panels, each decorated with vignettes of various flora and fauna. Well-painted and with a nice rich glaze, measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with only two  very minor frits to the edge. Circa 1690.

Charming Kangxi Melon-Form Teapot #7279 SOLD

A very charming Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period diminutive teapot of melon form, decorated in underglaze blue with flowers, insects and rockwork. Measuring 4″ tall x 5 3/8″ wide and in very good condition, a later silver chain connecting to cover to the handle broken at present, but a very simple repair. A great form and reminder of how costly and exotic tea-drinking was at the beginning of the 18th century. Kangxi period, circa 1690-1700.

Exceptional and Rare Reticulated Kangxi Period Teapot #7252

A very fine and rare form, this charming Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period teapot is a real tour-de-force of the potter’s art.  With its double wall construction with the outer wall with meticulously hand-cut reticulation in a honeycomb pattern, and then beautifully hand-painted (even behind the reticulation!) in underglaze blue, this piece defied the odds of getting through the firing process, and surviving several centuries,  still amazing and delighting us to this day. Measuring 6″ x 6″, it is in a classic wine pot form, with only restoration to the spout and loss to the enamel on the handle restored; unbelievably, the reticulation appears in good order. The gilded silver mount a later addition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.

 

Very Fine Qianlong Mark and Period Bowl #7269 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Qianlong mark and period flared rim bowl with a deep cobalt monochrome exterior, the interior very well painted with stylized lotus and scrolling foliate ‘pencil’ decoration. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition with a clear, fine mark to the base. 1736-1795.

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.

 

Very Fine and early Pair of Wanli Period Saucer Dishes #4986

An especially good pair of early Chinese export saucer dishes, molded to resemble lotus blossoms, each centered with an underglaze blue scene of a bird perched upon a rock next to exuberant  branches of flowering peony, an amusingly large insect, the size of the bird, flying overhead. Measuring 7 1/2″in diameter, and in very good condition considering their age with only glaze losses to the rims.  Wanli period-circa 1600.

Rare Late Ming/Transitional Period ‘Eight Immortals’ Covered Bowl SOLD

An especially rare and very fine Chinese porcelain covered bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with landscape scenes, and most unusually, with biscuit figures in pairs around the exterior of the vessel, each grouping representing two of the eight Daoist Immortals with their attributes, the cover painted with peasants in a landscape, surmounted by a foo lion finial. This is really a remarkable tour-de-force of the potter’s art and a rare survivor-a similar example in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Measuring 7″across x 7″ high, the piece is in rather good condition given its age and fragility; restoration to the biscuit figures as would be expected, and the foo lion finial a masterfully sculpted replacement of the original, the bowl and cover themselves in very good order. Circa 1625-1640.

 

 

 

Fine Group of Kangxi Plates #6033

These wonderful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi plates have the fine potting, brilliant glaze and vibrant cobalt blue decoration for which this period is so well known. The unusual design is a veritable riot of flowers with a central roundel of flowering plants within a densely packed border of blossoms, the motif continuing around the rim with a profusion of buds, blossoms and leaves. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, described in Dutch VOC inventories as a “Double Plate”. One with a line to the reverse, sealed, and very, very minor rim roughness as can be expected, but otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690. $650.00 each.