A very fine group of special order Chinese export porcelain hand-painted in the Blue Fitzhugh pattern and made for the English market, each piece bearing the ARMS of HILL DAWE quartering MOORE, LEWES AND SELWYNE. Discussed on page 645, vol. II in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain. Brilliant cobalt blue with contrasting gilding and polychrome central armorial. Very good condition, circa 1795. 10″, 8″ and 6″ plates along with a sauceboat and undertray. Priced individually.
A fine group of Chinese export hand-painted Blue Fitzhugh porcelain with gilded details from a special order service, each piece including an armorial shield, made for Hill Dawe of Ditcheat House in Somerset, England. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. 1, page 690. All pieces are in very good condition with nicely rendered gilded detail, and date to circa 1800. 10″ dinner plates $400 each; 8″ plates $300 each; and the sauce boat and under tray $600. Net.
A superb pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal armorial soup plates of interest to both American and English market collectors as it is one of three services made for Samuel Vaughan, an English merchant and planter in Jamaica, who married Bostonian Sarah Hallowell in 1747. They relocated to England, but a large portion of the service returned to America after the Revolution when part of the family moved to Hallowell, Maine where they played a prominent role in settling the area in the new republic. Each piece centered with the arms of Vaughan impaling Hallowell, finely painted, the rims of the plates scattered with floral sprigs, illustrated and discussed on page 576 in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II. Each measuring 8 1/2″ across; one with two small rim chips on the reverse filled, the other with glaze lines on the reverse which do not show through, otherwise splendid enamels in good condition. Circa 1770.
A very interesting piece of Chinese export porcelain relating to an American General in the Revolution. This plate is from a service made for Major General William Alexander (1726-1783). Born in New York, he was a distant relation of the Earl Stirling, and when that line ‘died out’ he petitioned Parliament before the war to claim the title. Despite never having been granted that petition, he nonetheless fashioned himself the ‘Earl of Stirling’ and as was customary at the time, ordered an armorial service bearing the Arms of Alexander quartering MacDonald which is finely rendered here on this plate, a central shield with ‘Wild Man’ and ‘Mermaid’ supporters. Sadly, hostilities broke out and the service probably never got beyond the East India warehouses in London before William Alexander died in 1783. Despite his aspirations to a noble title, Alexander went on to have a very impressive military record for the American cause serving in New York and New Jersey as well as at Valley Forge, Brandywine, German town and Philadelphia, being made a Major General in 1777. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition, dating to circa 1775.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain quatrefoil-form serving dish, made for the English market, bearing the Arms of Oliphant impaling Browne. Measuring 9″ x 13″ and in very good condition, one of three services made with these arms, and dating to circa 1800, though the dealer label from Matthew and Elisabeth Sharpe have it dated a bit earlier. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 725. $1250.
An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period armorial plate centered with the Arms of Sichterman, featuring a squirrel in profile on a gilded shield surmounted by a crown crest, the rim delicately decorated with flowering branches and Chinese pavilions and centered at the top with a squirrel crest. This is one of eight services with some variation of these arms. This one in particular was ordered by Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1742) who served the Dutch East India Company in both Bengal and Batavia, making a vast fortune and achieving much success. Fully illustrated and discussed in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 128-129. Very good condition, circa 1730.
A rather “bells and whistles” Chinese export porcelain armorial charger made for the Belgian market bearing a flamboyant central family arms supported by two rampant lions, specially-ordered for Jacobus-Gerardus de Knyff who was created a Knight of the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 by Charles VI, Emperor of Austria. Decorated in famille rose enamels with rich additions of gilt and silver overlay. This was a lavishly expensive service in its day, meant to impress…as it still does today with its beauty and quality. Measuring 13″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain early Yongzheng period armorial plates made for the English market, richly decorated and detailed with an elaborate central coat-of arms for the Frederick family, Baronets of Westminster, an early promoter of the South Sea Company. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a small chip to the reverse of one. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 202, and we are grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom & Howard for information she has provided. Circa 1724.
An exemplary pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period saucer dishes from a bespoke armorial service made for the English market, bearing the Arms of the of Frederick, Baronets of Westminster. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in good condition with only an inch-long line to one dish from the rim, otherwise superlative decoration and great form from a much-sought-after period of porcelain production. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 202, and we are grateful to information provided by Angela Howard of Heirloom and Howard. With a provenance going back to the beginning of the 20th century with the Century House in London, preeminent antiques dealers who catered to the leading collectors of the day. Circa 1724.
Another fine pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial pieces from our collection, here,a handsome pair of finely decorated 8 3/4″ soup plates made for the English market and bearing the Arms of Savage. Technically, it is Savage impaling another family, but the second clan remain unidentified at this point. Regardless, the service demonstrates the rich detail and fine quality of the Yongzheng period. Very good condition. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 205, and we are grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom & Howard for information provided. Circa 1724.