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.
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.
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
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 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.