Rare American Market/Civil War Rose Medallion Tablewares SOLD

A fine grouping of 19th century Chinese export porcelain made for the American market. Decorated in the Rose Medallion pattern, these pieces are from a dinner service ordered by Samuel P. Carter of Tennessee (1819-1891) who was posed to China in the 1850s. Carter enlisted after graduating from Princeton. He was made a Lieutenant in 1855 and in 1856 assisted in the capture of the barrier posts at Canton. He became a hero in the Civil War having been made a Brigadier General and leader of the Tennessee Volunteers in 1862. He left the army in 1866 as a Major General, and then joined the Navy achieving the rank of Rear Admiral in 1882…one of the only Americans to achieve this dual distinction.

 

 

 

 

RARE Set of Borderless Mandarin Plates #7268 SOLD

A rare and unusual set of six Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates, decorated in the famille rose palette with vibrantly enameled courtly scenes, each plate depicting a different vignette as Mandarins in finely detailed robes move through scenes without any borders, the images rendered as paintings on porcelain without the usual confines of an encircling frame. What is as remarkable as the quality of the painting and unusual presentation is the fantastic condition of the pieces-six plates in very good condition with only a 1/2″ rim line on the reverse of one. Circa 1820.

 

Fantastic Green and Sepia Fitzhugh Plate #7296 SOLD

A really fine example of a Chinese export porcelain Fitzhugh-patterned plate decorated in green and sepia enamels. This perennially popular hand-painted pattern comes in about seven colors or varying rarity, in addition to those, are equally rare two-color designs such as the example here. Outside of a few minor rim chips filled, this piece is in excellent unworn condition, with vibrant, detailed enamels. 9″ in diameter,. Circa 1820. SOLD

 

 

Great 18th Century Guglet and Basin #7289 SOLD

A fine example of a Chinese export porcelain wash basin and guglet, decorated with Mandarin scenes in overglaze Famille Rose enamels, along with landscape vignettes and ‘bird-on branch’ motifs all within various underglaze blue foliate borders and with gilded highlights…a rather luxurious item indeed, with which to wash and shave! Some very slight enamel wear, otherwise excellent condition. The guglet 9 1/2″ tall, the bowl 10″ in diameter. Circa 1770-1780.

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Plate #7224 SOLD

A very lovely Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate decorated in famille verte enamels with an elegantly balanced central design of lotus (the symbol of purity) issuing from the water, the rim with peonies and bamboo leaves on a stippled green ground alternating with floral sprig reserves. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.

975.00

 

Fantastic Malachite Figures of Phoenixes #7205 SOLD

A wonderfully sculpted pair of Chinese export malachite figures of phoenixes, beautifully detailed and set upon a pair of purpose built finely carved openwork wood stands. The phoenix traditionally the symbol of the empress in China, it also is a symbol of union as it’s name incorporates the meaning for male and female. It is fitting, then that these figures are carved of malachite as it stands for balance in a relationship. The stone is very hard and difficult to work and so to achieve this level of detail demonstrates quite a level of mastery from the artist. Measuring 10″ tall on their carved stands, they are in good condition with the exception of two small chips to the feather. 19th century.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Pair of Kangxi 6 1/2″ Plates with Chengua Mark #7270 SOLD

A very finely rendered pair of Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain plates bearing a Chengua mark, decorated in underglaze blue with a central dragon motif within an outer wave border decorated with prunus blossoms, the reverse just as beautifully decorated with a scrolling stylized lotus border within a ‘penciled’ ruyi rim, the central mark within two circles.  Measuring 6 1/2″ in diameter, and in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful SETON Armorial Compote #7260 Sold

A very elegant form, this beautifully enameled Chinese export porcelain armorial compote is decorated in famille rose enamels with Mandarin scenes in reserve against a background of flowers and butterflies, the same motifs filling a rim border that is centered at each crest with a finely detailed armorial roundel bearing the Arms of Seton. This is the fourth of five services made for this family, most likely ordered by one of the brothers of Sir Henry John Seton, 6th Baronet, who were all involved with the British East India Company. Sir John Henry served in the Peninsular War and was a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria.  Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 13″ x 7″ and in very good condition with the exception of minor wear to the gilding. The interior scene especially beautifully rendered. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 674. Circa 1820.