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.
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.
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.
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 examples of early 19th century Chinese export porcelain in the Blue Fitzhugh pattern. The oval one measuring 10″ x 12 3/4″; the more rectangular oval one 10 3/4″ x 13″. Both in very good condition and dating to circa 1800-1820. Priced individually, the smaller one $550.00, the larger one $750.00.
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.
A superlative Chinese export porcelain molded saucer dish with a barbed edge, thinly potted, richly glazed, decorated in underglaze blue and centered with a classic Chinese landscape deftly brushed in the “Master of the Rocks” style. The lotus border, in contrast to the spontaneously brushed landscape, is a careful study in meticulous rendering, the lotus theme repeating on the molded panels on the reverse side and surrounding a centered six-character mark. Measuring 8″ in diameter and, other than a few rim frits filled, in great condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.
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