A rather fine Chinese export porcelain armorial plate hand-decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a rather unusual central diamond-form medallion with the image of a bee. The arms are those of d’Arvincourt with de Gergy accollee. The richly diapered raspberry border is broken with alternating cartouches bearing the family’s arms and crests. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with the exception of two very small areas retouched on the rim border. Late Yongzheng/early Qianlong, circa 1737.
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.
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.