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Superb Matched Pair of Mandarin Cachepots #7645

A great opportunity to have a matched pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ hexagonal cachepots with undertrays, vibrantly decorated with a continuous courtly Mandarin scene, richly enameled and detailed, each flared pot resting in a conforming footed stand with swirling dragon-decorated rim and floral and butterfly borders. Rare to have a matched pair with undertrays, especially in such a good size with such interesting decoration.  Very good condition with only re-touch to a few small spots of enamel loss.  Circa 1820.  $6200.00

 

 

American Eagle Tea Bowl and Saucer #7470c

A good example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this tea bowl and saucer are simply decorated in the Federal taste  of our new republic – “plain and neat” –  each piece centered with a sepia eagle bearing a red striped shield beneath a star-studded halo, the design taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States.  In good condition with only some minor enamel and gilding wear, the saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″.  Circa 1800.  $650.00

Large Dutch-Decorated Chinese Export Milk Jug #7637 SOLD

An over-sized Chinese export porcelain covered cream jug hand-decorated with wonderful exotic birds perched amongst the branches of a budding tree.  Measuring 6 3/4″ this cream jug (or possibly hot-water pot?) was decorated in China with the underglaze blue diapered borders and then the  pot was shipped blank to the Netherlands where Dutch decorators could finish it with designs to their customers’ liking. This piece in very good condition and with its cover with its original silver chain, is in the same pattern as a charming teapot we also have, also Item #7637.  Circa 1750. Priced individually.

 

Pair of Blanc-de-Chine Libation Cups #7077

A pair of nicely molded Chinese porcelain libation cups modeled in the form of classic rhinoceros horn cups, molded with images of prunus, dragons, deer and tigers. Each measuring approximately 2 1/4″ x 4″ and in good condition.  Dating to the late 17th/early 18th century one, remarkably, is inscribed at the base.  $1,600.00 the pair.

 

Elegant Pair of Blanc-de-Chine Lotus Libation Cups #7076

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain blanc-de-chine libation cups, each modeled in the form of a lotus blossom (the symbol of purity) with butterflies and insects, both raised upon a scalloped base, the underside centered with the base of the stem of the blossom.  Measuring 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ and in good condition; one with a firing line to the wall of the cup.  18th century.  $1,475.00 the pair.

 

Philadelphia/American Market Rodney Fisher Platter #7642c SOLD

A finely hand-painted Chinese export porcelain Sepia Fitzhugh oval platter with a central medallion bearing the initials RF  from a dinner service made for Rodney Fisher (1798-1863) of Philadelphia. Fisher was from one of the oldest families in Philadelphia, his direct ancestor having come to Pennsylvania with William Penn 1682. He was a prominent Philadelphia merchant and served as unofficial United States consul in Canton from 1825-1827 – presumably when this service was ordered.  This is one of several American Market services made around this time in this color Fitzhugh pattern – all exemplifying this extraordinarily detailed decoration.  Measuring 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and in good condition.  Fisher’s life detailed in Philadelphians and the China Trade, page 185.  $1,850.00

Rare Exotic Dutch – Decorated Teapot #7637

A very charming Chinese export teapot decorated in underglaze blue with diapered bands bordering a central design of two exotic birds perched on the branches of an expansive budding tree.  The birds a rather unusual mix resembling cockatoos, yet colorfully plumed as parrots in an attempt no doubt to create an ‘exotic’ scene’  for the Dutch market.  The underglaze blue diapered borders were most probably done in China and then the piece was shipped to the Netherlands where it decorated and fired in the overglaze design we enjoy here. The colors and scene as delightful as the day they were painted. Measuring 5 1/2″ x 7″ and in very good condition. Mid-18th century.

 

18th Century Mandarin Teapot #7635

An especially interesting Chinese export porcelain 18th century teapot hand-painted with convivial Mandarin scenes within gilded cartouches in reserve against a black diapered ground alternating with puce landscape vignettes, this motif continued on to the cover which is topped with a gilded crown knop.  Also, rather unusual is spout and handle meticulously painted with a red and black diapered pattern.  Measuring 5″ x 8″, in very good condition, and dating to 1770-1780.  $1,375.00

 

Rare Pronk Plume Spoon Tray #7636 SOLD

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge spoon tray decorated with a lavender plume design against a yellow diapered ground. This rather European baroque motif is attributed to Cornelius Pronk, a Dutch artist who was employed by the Dutch East India Company to produce designs for export porcelain.  His small group of concepts produced in Chinese export – and even interpreted onto Japanese wares as well – are much sought after by collectors as they represent some of the few designs by known European artists for Chinese porcelain. This striking color combination is also rather rare as these colors were difficult (and costly) to produce.  The 5″ x 3 1/2″ tray is in very good condition and bears the collection sticker of Antoine LeBel.  Circa 1745-1755.  $3,500.00

 

Impressive CATESBY JONES Mazzarene and Platter #7633

A very beautiful and impressively-sized Chinese export porcelain mazzarene and platter, made for the American market, and bearing the initials CMJ within a central crested scrolled, each piece edged with a rich sepia and gilt grapevine border. The initials stand for Catesby and Mary Jones of Virginia who were married in 1823. Catesby (1790-1858) had a distinguished career in the early United States Navy.  He trained with Isaac Hull and Stephen Decatur in Norfolk, Virginia before going on to service in suppressing the slave trade, smuggling, and piracy.  He also commanded the Pacific Squadron in 1825, 1842 and in 1844 during the Mexican War. Discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, p. 84.   17″ x 14″.  Circa 1820-1825.

 

American Neoclassical Swag Decorated Teapot # 7568

A handsome Chinese export porcelain drum teapot with strap handles, from a service made for the American market, decorated with a rich orange and gilded neoclassical style swag border and centered with a sepia landscape roundel surmounted by the original owner’s initials RB. This is the third example of this service that we know of and the other two were made for identifiable American families, so this must have  been a popular pattern at the time in the latest neoclassical taste. Very good condition.  Circa 1800. Very good condition with only slight wear to the gilding. $950.00

CHEW Family of Philadelphia Pots-de-Cremes #7443

Three charming Chinese export porcelain pots-de-cremes from a service ordered by Benjamin Chew of Philadelphia for use by his family at their country estate Cliveden which still stands today, each piece decorated with a gilded C within a starburst roundel.  Benjamin Chew (1722-1810) trained as a lawyer in London before returning to Philadelphia around 1736 where he embarked upon a long and prosperous career holding various posts before and during the American revolution including Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Discussed and illustrated in Philadelphians and the China Trade, pages 44-52.  One cup with a line from the rim, the other two cups in good condition, the covers with restorations. Late 18th century.  $425.00 each.

 

Mandarin “Menagerie” Cup and Saucer #7621 HOLD

A charming Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer finely painted in Famille Rose enamels with a lone Mandarin scholar sitting on a rock in a rolling landscape featuring horses and pigs and piglets amongst palm trees, as well as a central roundel featuring two deer along a riverbank with two crabs in the water.  Certainly one of the more unusual Mandarin subjects we’ve seen on porcelain of this period.  The saucer measuring 6″ in diameter and the cup 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ – the form after English handled cups of the period.  Circa 1810-1820.

 

Pair of Mahout Plates #7629

Two fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the Indian market, this pair of scalloped edge 9 1/2″ plates is hand painted in Famille Rose enamels with a nicely detailed central image of an Indian Mahout and his elephant, all surrounded by a border of bianco-sopra-bianco  floral decoration overlaid with individual flowerheads. There’s a long tradition of this sort of densely rendered overall decoration in Indian decorative arts and so both the subject and border would certainly have had an appeal to the Indian market. One plate possibly with a line sealed to the reverse, otherwise very good condition with no signs of heavy wear. Last quarter of the 18th century. $975.00 each.

 

 

Qianlong Lotus Pad Water Dish #7620

Of unusual form, this finely modeled Chinese porcelain water dish/dropper is made in the form of a lotus pad and whimsically includes within its curled leaves a small duck and lotus blossom, the lotus pad itself brilliantly enameled and detailed – especially the modeling of the reverse side.  Part of the writing accoutrements that made up part of a scholar’s studio,  the water holder or dropper was essential to the making of ink and was sometimes made in whimsical or thought-provoking forms such as these. In this instance a duck combined with the lotus denotes a wish for happiness – perhaps the dish was a gift to a scholar upon his graduation from his exams?  Measuring 2″ x 6 1/4″ and in good condition with the exception of a small retouch to the head and beak of the duck.  Late Qianlong period, last quarter of the 18th century.

 

Very Fine Palaceware Cup and Saucer #7621

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain handled cup, often referred to as a ‘can’, and saucer, very well-painted with detailed Mandarin scenes in Famille Rose enamels in reserve against a fantastically rich and detailed gilt ground of scrolling decoration, along with sepia vignettes of birds and landscapes and edged with a flowerhead border.  The artistry of these pieces is just masterful, the level of detail mind-boggling, note the game board the ladies are playing on the saucer, and the root chair a lady is sitting in, not to mention all the landscape scenes. This was some of the most expensive special-order export porcelain one could commission at the time and given the time-consuming detail and gilding that is understandable.  In addition, the elaborate gilding is frequently worn on these pieces and these are in remarkably good condition.  Often also referred to as the Rockefeller Pattern as Nelson Rockefeller owned a complete service in this pattern!  The saucer 5 3/4″ in diameter, the can 2 3/4″ tall.  Circa 1790-1805.  $1,950.00

 

Chinese Export Mandarin Platter #7622

A fine Chinese export porcelain oval platter, decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels, painted with a central scene of courtly Mandarin ladies upon a garden terrace being watched with great interest by a gentleman in a pavilion window.  The scene within a gilded and orange enamel border of dragons which symbolize strength, power, and good luck for people who are worthy of it, amongst swirling clouds and flaming pearls.  Good condition, measuring 11 1/2″ x 14 1/2″. Circa 1810-1820.  $1,850.00

European Subject “Hussar’ Plate #7619

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate decorated with Famille Rose enamels with a rare European subject depicted The Wounded Hussar, obviously made for the Western market and taken from a mezzotint of the same name after a painting by George Carter, c. 1776. The central image bordered with a lattice edge and centered at the top with a shield and crest with a pseudo cipher.   Perhaps commissioned to celebrate an enemy’s humiliating defeat?  Circa 1780. $4,200.00

 

Impressive 20″ Kangxi Charger #7624

A great Chinese export porcelain Kangxi charger measuring an impressive 20″ in diameter, decorated in underglaze blue centered with a scene of two courtly ladies – sometimes referred to as ‘Long Elizas’ – on a garden terrace within a wide border of alternating panels featuring the same ‘Long Eliza’ imagery and vignettes of prunus and bamboo, all within a shaped edge.  With three hairlines sealed, but otherwise in good condition and making a very dramatic statement indeed.  Kangxi period, circa 1690.  $5,200.00

Dehua Blanc-de-Chine Censor #7612

A beautiful Chinese Dehua Blanc-de-chine censor of simple, elegant form with charming Foo Lion mask handles after earlier archaic forms.  Very good condition and measuring 3″ tall x 5 1/2″ in diameter. Late 17th/early 18th century. $1,950.00.

Qianlong Landscape Plate #7614

A very finely hand-painted Chinese export porcelain 9″ dinner plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the Chinese taste with a central richly detailed landscape within a foliate gilded cavetto and an elegant scrollwork rim border.  Good condition with only slight wear to the gilded border and faint hairline to the rim. Qianlong period, mid-18th century.

 

Four Tobacco Leaf Plates #7506

Two pairs of Chinese export porcelain scalloped rim plates decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the ever-popular Tobacco Leaf pattern, with a lush hand-painted floral and foliate  design in vibrant enamels and gilded highlights.  Measuring 9″ in diameter.  One pair, each with a sealed hairline to the reverse ($1,300.00 each); the other pair in very good condition ($1,850.00 each).  Circa 1760-1780.

Fine Pair of Mandarin Hot Water Dishes #7488

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain hot water dishes decorated in Famille Rose enamels with Mandarin decoration, each centered with a detailed scene of courtly Mandarin life within a fantastical rim bordered with swirling dragons chasing the flaming pearl, the top of the plates with a reserve inscribed with the gilded initials of the original owner of the service. In an era that produced some really brilliant designs, this is one of the best examples of the Mandarin services that we’ve had.  Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter; one with a chip to the reverse, and both with very minor wear commensurate with age.  Circa 1800.  $2,200.00 the pair.

 

New York State Arms Tea Bowl and Saucer #7551

A Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer made for the American market, specifically for the New York market as it from a service bearing the Arms of the State of New York.  Patriotically-themed services such as this were ordered in the early years of the Republic as a show of pride and loyalty to either specific states or our fledgling nation.  The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter and with three hairlines; the tea bowl 3 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition with only some enamel wear.  Circa 1790-1800. $375.00

 

Pair of Kangxi Lotus Form Dishes #7592

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lotus-form 9″ dishes, each lotus petal panel hand-painted in vibrant cobalt blue with flowering branches of peony, prunus, lotus, and chrysanthemum amongst rockwork and insects, the flowers representing the four seasons, and both dishes edged with a chocolate rim . Each measuring 9″ across …. a few frits to the chocolate rim re-touched.  Kangxi period, circa 1690.  $3,400.00/pair.

Pair of Pronk “Dame au Parasol” Plates #7579

Two fine examples of the well-known Chinese export porcelain Dame au Parasol plates made to order after designs commissioned by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk for the Dutch East India Company; one of the few examples of a known specific European design source for Chinese trade porcelain.  Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition, circa 1745.  $2,200.00 ea.

Large Kangxi Period Blue and White Bowl #7583

A very fine Chinese export porcelain flared rim bowl of impressive 12″ size hand-painted in the deep cobalt blue for which the Kangxi period was so well known.  Decorated to the exterior with eight lotus petal shaped panels with various rich flowering branches such as peony, chrysanthemum and prunus, the interior with a diapered border with cartouches of flowers, the bottom of the bowl with a large roundel of peony blossoms. Very minor rim frits and small chip filled, otherwise fine condition. A great size and dating to circa 1690-1700.  $11,500.00

 

 

Kangxi Period Scholar’s Brush Rest #7582

A charming, beautifully constructed Kangxi period Chinese scholar’s brush rest of openwork design and painted in classic Famille Verte yellow and green glazes on a biscuit body. Despite being a basically utilitarian piece, and a rather rare survivor, this lovely object was produced with the same attention to detail and quality as a larger decorative piece and would have been an essential item in a scholar’s studio as part of his writing equipage. Measuring  1 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ x 1 7/8″ and in good condition with not apparent restorations. Discussed in Luisa Vinhais’ and Jorge Welsh’s book Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, pages 120-123. Kangxi period, late 17th century.  $1,350.00

 

Pair of Kangxi Period Doucai Plates #7576

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain 8 3/4″ plates decorated in the Doucai style, a technique originating in the Ming Dynasty and later revived during the Qing Dynasty.  Roughly translated it means “Fitted Colors” and it describes the technique of basically creating outlines of the design in underglaze blue, firing the piece, and then filling or “fitting in” the rest of the colors of the image in overglaze enamels, requiring a second firing.  In this pair we have an elegantly rendered central scene of bamboo entwined with flowers with the floral motif of flowering branches continuing around the rim. One with a small flake to the reverse, the other with a very small frit to the rim, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi period, late 17th/ early 18th century.  $3,200.00 the pair.

 

Pronk Dame au Parasol Plate #7573

A classic example of one of Cornelius Pronk’s designs rendered on Chinese export porcelain, this well-known Dame-au Parasol patterned plate is hand-painted with a central scene of a lady and her attendant holding an elaborate parasol, coming upon a group of water fowl within a floral cavetto and an outer rim with vignettes of ladies, attendants and waterfowl against a honeycomb patterned ground. The reverse whimsically painted with various insects.  The Dutch East India Company commissioned Pronk to create designs to be translated onto Chinese export porcelains. Plates like these are one of the few examples where we know the identity of the European artist whose designs influenced Chinese decoration. Measuring 9 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a minute 1/8″ glaze line to the rim. Circa 1745. $2,100.00

Yongzheng Famille Rose Teapot #7567

A charming Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period lotus petal-molded teapot decorated with Famille Rose enamels, meticulous gilded diapering and grisaille floral decoration. Very good condition, measuring 4 1/2″ x 6″ and dating to circa 1730-1735. $2,500.00.

American Market Ridgway Eagle-Decorated Plates #7549

A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain barbed rim 8″ plates with a central American eagle decoration based upon an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, all within a striking sawtooth border. Part of a rather impressive 416-piece service made for wealthy businessman John Jacob Ridgway of Philadelphia (1768-1843) who was American Consul to Antwerp, Belgium in the first years of the 19th century.  The service was most likely made for that diplomatic sojourn. Very good condition, circa 1800.  $1,450.00 each.

“Cow Pox Innoculation” Breakfast Tea Bowl, Saucer #7365

Rare American market “Cow Pox Innoculation” Breakfast Tea Bowl and Saucer

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain breakfast tea bowl and saucer made for the American market of medical and historical interest.  These pieces are from a service ordered for Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse of Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1746-1846) a Harvard professor who in 1800 successfully innoculated his own children with the cowpox vaccine against smallpox. A tea service was consequentially ordered with this cow imagery to commemorate and promote the practice as it seems vaccines were as controversial then as they are today.  Fully illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 174-175.  The tea bowl measuring 4 1/4″, the saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter. Two lines sealed and two small pieces out, and restored, to the tea bowl and two lines sealed to the saucer.  Circa 1805. $1,200.00 each.

Pair of Gilt Edged Eagle Plates #7551

A handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates made for the American market, each centered with a early version of the American eagle taken from the Great Seal of the United States, this version shown supporting a floral shield, within a broad gilt border. Very good condition with only very slight wear to the enamel. Circa 1800-1810. Priced individually

 

18 5/8″ + Mandarin Platter and Mazzarene #7533

A truly impressive 18 1/2″ Chinese export porcelain platter and mazzarene decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels with richly detailed Mandarin court scenes; the platter with a scene of a great noble, or perhaps the Emperor himself, seated in a portico with attendants while noble personages are lined up to pay court; the mazzarene with a less decorous scene depicting a grand meal on a garden terrace with a guest sitting on the floor…perhaps one two many “libation cups”?  Note the attention to detail with the servants and dishes of food. Both pieces edged with lush garden imagery with fretwork fences, birds, flowers and butterflies.  Very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.  $6800

 

American Market Tablewares, Nantucket Provenance

A group of fine Chinese export porcelain tablewares made for the American market, vibrantly edged in a beautiful apple green border with gilded detail – each piece with a small gilded floral sprig. In addition to their decorative quality, they have a history of descent in the Russell-Macy-Starbuck families of Nantucket. The simple design would have appealed to the Quaker aesthetic of these prominent island families at the time and the apple green enamel border was relatively rare on Chinese export wares as we know of only one other service made for the American market and that went into New haven, CT.  The group comprises; a large 15″ oval platter; an 11″ reticulated basket and undertray and a pair of covered strap-handled pots-de-cremes. All in very good condition with only the basket handles with restoration and they appear to be original. Early 19th century. $2,800.00 the group.

 

Rare Japanese Arita 12 1/2″ Pronk Design Charger #7472

A fine and rare Japanese Arita porcelain charger decorated in the Dame au Parasol pattern after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk.  Versions of this pattern were done in both Japanese and Chinese export porcelain and it was always cause for a bit of speculation why the Dutch East India Company commissioned a Dutch artist to produce primarily Chinese-themed designs to be rendered by Asian decorators onto Asian porcelain to be sent back to the Netherlands?!  Either way, the wares proved too costly to produce and the project eventually abandoned, leaving a rare example of one of the few known European artists to have supplied original designs to the Chinese and Japanese porcelain makers.  This fine example measures 12 1/2″ in diameter and is in very good condition with the exception of a small rim chip to the reverse restored. Mid 18th century.  $3,800.00

Pair of Mandarin Tea Bowls and Saucers #7426 ONE SOLD

A really pleasing palette of Famille Rose colors helps make this charming pair of Chinese export porcelain tea bowls and saucers so appealing. Each piece is centered with a Mandarin scene of a scholar at his table with attendants while being approached by a supplicant bearing a goose. The general theme to this story is that the scholar was a legendary calligrapher who took inspiration from watching the movement of geese and the marks they left when padding about the ground. The supplicant, wishing to be trained by the master here offers him his finest goose in hopes of being taken on as a student. The scenes are finely painted within a light turquoise latticework border with with animal vignettes. This story was used to decorated some of the fine Rockefeller and palaceware services of the 1790s-early 1800s. Good condition with only a small rim chip to one restored, and the second with a faint hairline (easily restorable) to the tea bowl. Circa 1800-1810.  $750.00 each.

Sepia Fitzhugh Plates #7435 – One Sold

A pair of meticulously hand-painted Chinese export porcelain dinner plates rendered in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, in very good condition with only the slightest of stacking wear. The Fitzhugh pattern originated around 1785 and this popular design went through a range of versions in different colors, the Sepia dating to circa 1820. $875.00 ea.

Magnificent Kangxi Famille Verte Ewer #7425

A very impressive Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain ewer decorated in Famille Verte enamels with a central design featuring a bird perched upon a flowering branch beneath the mask of a bearded man which looks down from under the ewer’s spout, the floral motif continues throughout the piece within decorative bands of lappet borders. This sort of form was taken directly from French silver forms of the period as many important silver objects were melted down to help pay for the ruinously expensive wars of Louis XIV. Fine imported Chinese porcelain was then ordered as replacements for the melted silver wares and became the new benchmark of luxury and status. This wonderful ewer was used for ablutions at the banquet or dressing table, or occasionally to pour wine and was made in two sizes, this one being the larger of the two. Measuring 10 1/2″ x 9″ and with only glaze losses restored to the handle, small loss to the mask;s nose, and a restoration to the edge of the spout, otherwise very good condition, a magnificent example of French baroque silver brilliantly interpreted in Chinese export porcelain. Late 17th/early 18th century. $6,300.00

 

Pair of Hand-Painted Chinese Wallpaper Panels #7513

A charming pair of Chinese export wallpaper panels hand-painted with detailed scenes of daily life – one depicting what appears to be a family woodland outing, the other showing two scholars at a table in a garden with attendants carrying in all manner of exotic potted plants – the ubiquitous “ladies in a window” looking on.  Each panel restored at some point in their history and mounted upon a canvas backing and stretcher.  Needless to say wear and small restorations and re-touches commensurate with the age of the pieces, but wonderful detail, as captivating as they were over two centuries ago when they were painted. 51″ x 46″. Late 18th/early 19th century.        $2,500.00 each.

 

 

12 1/2″ Early Qianlong Famille Rose Charger #7511

A really fine Chinese export porcelain 12 1/2″ charger, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a beautifully rendered scene from the Chinese epic story The Romance of the Western Chamber. This image is one of the better known scenes where the hero is scaling a garden wall to join his faithful lady whose love he has been denied by a disapproving father. The condition of this piece is superb, the vibrant enamels sitting proud of the surface, and even the gilded detail is still intact.  Note the detail of the wonderful tree root writing table next to the patient lady.  Circa 1740. $2,500.00 net price.

Great Pair of Elephant Form Candleholders #7503

A very engaging pair of Chinese export porcelain candle or joss stick holders in the form of recumbent elephants, finely hand-painted and detailed with gilded highlights and underglaze blue ‘banana leaf’ decorated candle sockets, measuring approximately 5″ x 5″. Restoration to the rim of the socket of one and the elephant trunk of the other, otherwise very good condition. Similar examples are illustrated in William Sargent’s book on The Copeland Collection in the Peabody Essex Museum, pages 242-243.  19th century. $2,800.00

 

Superbly Rendered Brush Pot #7502

A really well-painted Chinese porcelain cylindrical-form brush pot meticulously rendered in grisaille and shades of iron red with a wonderful scene depicting a scholars’ gathering in what appears to be the interior of a summer house.  Three scholars are seated at a table before a wonderful folding screen painted with a flowering prunus, while a fourth guest arrives amongst attendants bearing refreshments. From the bowls of treats on the table, to the patterns of their robes, to floral arrangement on the root table, everywhere you look there is some new detail to engage your eye. Measuring 5″ tall x 4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Late 19th/early 20th century, most likely Republic period.  $5800.00

A CULTURE REVEALED: Kangxi Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection

We are pleased to offer this great new book about Kangxi era porcelain entitled  A Culture Revealed”: Kangxi Era Chinese Porcelain from the Jie Rui Tang Collection. Written by Jeffrey P. Stamen, Cynthia Volk with Yibin Ni, this lavishly illustrated volume focuses on selections from the Jie Rui Tang Collection of Kangxi porcelain formed with care and dedication over the past thirty-five years. A hundred-twenty-five superb examples invite discussion and appreciation for the aesthetic appeal, technical merit and enriching subject matter unique to the period. Pieces are described in both the aesthetic and historical context as well as having narrative scenes deciphered, many of which were previously unidentified or misidentified. Just a totally engrossing book for anyone interested in this very rich period in porcelain production. Privately published and only available through select dealers. Price $120.00