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.
A very rare Chinese export porcelain plate made for the Canadian market, centered with the arms of a Canadian trading company. The armorial design features a central shield with images of the four sources of wealth of the Canadian trade: whale, fish, beaver and mink, with human supporters in the form of Britannia with a ship’s mast, a cornucopia at her feet, and the “noble savage” of the wilderness with his bow, arrows, beaver, and a black bear, the crest rendered as a globe surmounted by a trading ship. All within diapered and spearhead borders in underglaze blue. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, Page 715. Circa 1795.
A really fine example of a Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain Provinces charger, decorated in famille verte enamels and gilding and centered with the Arms of Holland within an outer molded border of lotus petals with alternating figural vignettes and vases of flowers against a diapered ground. An interesting ‘East meets West’ contrast between the European armorial and Chinese design motifs. Measuring 12″ in diameter and in good condition with only two small rim lines to the reverse and the expected minor rim frits. These are very rare and desirable objects produced in a series with each set representing the arms of the various provinces of the Netherlands, as well as England, to commemorate their alliance against the powerful Louis XIV of France. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720. Ex-Ann and Gordon Getty Collection.
An outstanding pair of Chinese export porcelain dinner plates from a service made for Catherine the Great of Russia, each centered with the Imperial double-headed eagle supporting a shield with an image of St. George slaying the dragon. The rim with a delicate ribbon and flowering vine-entwined border, a device most likely from French or English ceramics of the period. Catherine the Great (1729-1796) reigned from 1762 and is Russia’s longest reigning female monarch, responsible for expanding and westernizing her country. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1780. Priced individually.
A beautiful Chinese export porcelain 9″ soup plate made for the English market, bearing the Arms of MILLS impaling WEBBER, centered with a quatrefoil reserve decorated with a scene of a European gentleman walking along the banks of a river, a walled and towered town on the opposite side, while the rim is decorated with two reserves featuring Western ships entering harbors, the rim top featuring the family’s crest of a lion rampant, the bottom centered with the arms. The use of the porcelain white space sets off the famille rose designs beautifully. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 325. This piece with a history of descent in the family of Robert Treat Paine of Boston. Glaze line and very minor rim frit, otherwise quite fine condition. Another available to make a pair. Circa 1745.