Another fine piece of Yongzheng porcelain from our collection, this lovely Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer are decorated in Famille Rose enamels, the pieces divided into quadrants, two are hand-painted with prancing kylin against richly enameled grounds with scrolling peony. These alternate with vignettes of birds perched on prunus branches, all centered with a chrysanthemum roundel. Both pieces finely potted, the quality of porcelain and painting one expects from this brief period. Very good condition. Circa 1730.
A fine Chinese export porcelain armorial tea bowl and saucer very well-painted in Famille Rose enamels with gilded spearhead border, both pieces bearing the Arms of Barrington, Viscount Barrington, with Lovell in pretence. This specific service was made for the 2nd Viscount Barrington, William Wildman (1717-1793) who occupied several high positions in government including Secretary of War and Chancellor of the Exchequer. The viscount’s crown figures predominantly as the crest of the arms and on the reverse of the tea bowl. Minor frits filled and two lines to the saucer and one to the tea bowl sealed, otherwise good condition. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Export Porcelain, Vol. II, page 300. This piece formerly in the K. R. Rizk Collection. Circa 1745.
An especially attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates decorated in Famille Rose enamels, each with hand-painted Mandarin scenes of courtly figures, the border especially detailed with lattice work designs alternating with flower baskets and chrysanthemum blossoms all against a scrolling green foliate ground. The richness of detail and vibrant enamels make this pair truly remarkable. Both in very good condition. Circa 1810.
An especially fine example in superb condition, this Chinese export porcelain tea bowl is decorated en grisaille in the “Quaker and Cow” pattern. This design has a long association with the Philadelphia Hollingsworth-Morris family, one Mary Hollingsworth Morris having sent a drawing to Canton which was interpreted onto a tea service. There are several versions of this design, this one being one of the finest quality with the hand-painted detail coming close to the precision of an engraved transfer print. The bowl measuring 2″ tall by 3 1/2″ in diameter, and in great condition. See Schiffer’s China in America, pages 172-173. Circa 1810.
A lovely Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer made for the English market with a gilded spearhead border, each piece centered with a finely hand-painted Famille Rose armorial for the Rich family of Lancashire. From a service most likely made for one Major Rich who served in the military establishment of the government of Bombay (died 1759). Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 300. Extremely faint glaze line to the reverse of the saucer, otherwise great condition. The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the cup 2 1/2″ tall. Circa 1755. $750.
An exquisite example of Chinese export armorial porcelain made for the English market, this lovely tea bowl and saucer are decorated in Famille Rose enamels with the elaborate Arms of Bigland quartering Errington and Barrington impaling Wilkins and Weir. The arms represents those of Ralph Bigland (died 1784) and those of his two wives’ families, hence the very ornate image which proved a bit too much for the Chinese decorator who painted them somewhat incorrectly on the tea bowl! Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 508. Beautiful quality and condition. The saucer measuring 4 /12″ in diameter. Circa 1760, the year the arms were confirmed. $750.00
From a rare group of identifiable Chinese export porcelain teawares made for the American market, decorated en grisaille, with a central image of a neoclassical urn resting upon a plinth inscribed with the monogram JB for Captain John Barton (1774-1818) of Salem, Massachusetts. To the right, is a swagged shield bearing the image of an anchor (the sailor’s symbol of Hope) with two love birds resting upon it, a cartouche below bearing the initials of the captain’s wife LB. And to the left, most remarkably, is the partial image of his ship, flying an American flag, with the stern inscribed ARAB. This pattern appears on other services-some bearing a British flag, some with inscribed monograms-but seldom does it ever have so much identifiable information as to the ship’s name and captain, let alone his wife. This was a very specific commission, in good condition and dating to circa 1800-1810.
A rather attractive set of Chinese export porcelain “borderless plates”, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with courtly Mandarin scenes. Each vignette rendered across the entire surface of the plate, treating the subject more like a painting than an enclosed view as one sees on many plate designs. Each image different, with a richly enameled and detailed scene full of narrative. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only the slightest area of stacking wear on two of them-barely discernible-and all dating to circa 1820.
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.