A beautiful example of special-order China Trade porcelain for the American Market, this richly gilded-border 9 3/4″ plate is centered with a sepia rendered spread eagle supporting a blue and gilded stripe shield, clutching a banner in its beak inscribed E Pluribus Unum beneath a halo of clouds and stars. The eagle taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States. In very good condition with only a minute 1/4″ hairline sealed to the reverse rim. Early 19th century.
A fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with images of koi swimming about the center within a cavetto with a very elaborate gilded scrolling border, the outer rim with landscape vignettes alternating with with gilded branches of peony-all exquisitely rendered as one expects to find during this period of superb porcelain production. The koi is a symbol of conjugal harmony and happiness as they are believed to mate for life. Measuring 9″ in diameter with a line to the rim, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1730-1735.
A great form, this lovely Chinese export porcelain kidney-shaped dish is wonderfully decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels centered with a scene of courtly gentlemen seated on a garden terrace with their attendants, all within a border of exotic bird vignettes alternating with raspberry enameled diapering, bamboo branches, and gilded scrolls. Measuring 8 1/4″ x 11 1/4″ and in very good condition. Circa 1810-1820.
A great example of Chinese export porcelain made for the new American republic-this breakfast tea bowl and saucer are finely hand-painted with images of a ship under sail flying two American flags. From the Root service, and once in the collection of Elinor Gordon and exhibited at the Baltimore Museum, it is considered one of the best ship renderings on export ware of this period. Restoration to the saucer and piece out of the tea bowl and re-attached. The saucer measuring 6″ in diameter, the tea bowl 4″. Circa 1800.
A charming and rare-sized Chinese export porcelain mug, made for the American market, hand-painted with a sepia spread eagle supporting a blue and gold shield beneath a faint halo of gilded stars, along with a twisted rope handle and blue dot borders. These mugs most often came in graduated sets so this most likely was the smallest in the group-perfect for a very patriotic child! Measuring 3 1/2″ tall and with a line running along side the handle and onto the bottom of the mug-all professionally sealed-the eagle design in original condition. Circa 1800-1810.
A charming Chinese export porcelain teapot of molded form-the cover and lower portion of the pot shaped to resemble lotus petals and the lotus motif continues on the bottom of the piece as an applied lotus bud and stem which forms the feet upon which the piece rest. The hand-painted images of koi are a symbol of conjugal harmony as they are believed to mate for life. This is an excellent example of the fantastical sort of Chinese teawares that enthralled European consumers in the 18th century. In remarkably good condition. Measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 6″ wide. Circa 1735.
Yongzheng quality at its best-this thinly potted and meticulously hand-painted pair of Chinese export porcelain tea bowls and saucers are decorated in famille rose enamels with cartouches of peony blossoms against a gilded diapered ground. Very good condition, the saucers measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowls approximately 1 1/2″ tall-reflecting the pure luxury and rarity of tea in Europe at this time. Circa 1730.
A very well-painted Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer, thinly potted and decorated en grisaille with figures in a Chinese landscape. We usually think of this grisaille method of decoration used for European special orders such as designs taken from engravings with Western subject matter, so we were delighted to have found a piece done in the Chinese taste. Very good condition. Late Yongzheng early Qianlong period. Circa 1740.
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 rather rare Chinese export porcelain punch bowl decorated with equestrian hunting motifs, finely painted with two sepia roundels depicting huntsmen with their horses and hounds, alternating with two roundels depicting country house landscapes. The images and bowl rim edged with overglaze blue and gilded borders, the bottom interior with a basket of flowers design. It is suggested that these bowls were made for export to not only England but also for the American mid-Atlantic and southern colonies where the English aristocratic lifestyle with pursuits, such a fox hunting, was emulated. This is a fine example measuring 13 1/2″ in diameter with three lines restored, otherwise in very good condition, especially the finely rendered scenes-most likely taken from engravings of the period. A similar example in the collections at Winterthur. Circa 1785.