Superb Pair of Vaughan Hallowell Plates with Original Bookplate #7427 HOLD

A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal form plates, meticulously hand-painted en grisaille with the Arms of Vaughan impaling Hallowell within an elaborate rococo style cartouche and inscribed beneath Samuel Vaughan, the plate rims with delicate bird and landscape vignettes. This is one of three services made for this family and it holds both interesting English and American connections. Samuel Vaughan was a wealthy merchant and Jamaican plantation owner who married Sarah Hallowell of Boston in 1747. Their son, Benjamin Vaughan, though he couldn’t attend elite schools in England because the family were Unitarians, managed to be tutored by famous scientist Joseph Priestly and later graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in medicine. By the time he had immigrated to Hallowell, Maine in 1799 to land inherited from his mother, he had made the acquaintance of Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and John Adams. Living in remote Maine, he managed to keep a library of similar size to Harvard’s and he garnered degrees from both Harvard and Bowdoin College.                                                                                                                                                                          The plates are in remarkably fine condition, with virtually no wear to the delicate grisaille decoration which was finely rendered to resemble the bookplate engraving that had been sent to Canton to copy. The bookplate, which is in fine condition and suitably framed, is not only an interesting design source pertaining to the commission of the dinner service, but itself was designed by Thomas Chippendale!                                                                                                      The plates are illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 34, as well as Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 359.                From a private Boston, Beacon Hill collection.   Circa 1750.

 

 

 

 

Great Form Qianlong Cockerel Wine Pot #4982

What a wonderful form! This Chinese export porcelain wine pot is modeled in the form of a standing cockerel with a chick upon its back which doubles as the knop for the cover; one of the bird’s tail feathers making up the loop of the handle. All decorated in brilliant famille rose enamels and the sort of the whimsy that fired the imagination of European collectors of Chinese porcelain in the 18th century-as it still does today! Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide. Restoration to the feet and cover, otherwise good condition. Qianlong period, mid-18th century.

 

Rare Pronk Tea Bowl #7435

A charming little object, this finely potted Chinese export porcelain tea bowl is decorated in the rare “Plume” pattern in iron red against a black diapered ground. This is one of two versions of this design; the other can be found in lavender and yellow enamels. Both versions were after a small group of designs commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk, to be sent to China and reproduced on porcelain. This is one of the few instances where we can trace a Chinese porcelain design back to an actual European source. Very good condition. Circa 1745.

Fine Qianlong Period English Armorial Tea Bowl and Saucer #7427 SOLD

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.

 

Spectacular Late Kangxi Famille Verte 15″ Punch Bowl #7395

A very fine Chinese export porcelain punch bowl of impressive 15″ size and decoration, hand-painted in Famille Verte enamels around the exterior with images of a pair of pheasants amongst rockwork and flowering branches of peony, the imagery of large, colorful and robust scale, highlighted with gilding; an iron red and gilded peony design centers the bottom of the interior. With a long line restored, otherwise in fine condition, perfect for a dramatic display. Circa 1720.

American Market Ship Teapot #7415 Sold

An exceptional Chinese export porcelain drum form teapot with a double strap handle from a service made for the American market decorated with a hand-painted rendering of a three masted ship flying two American flags. There are several ship-decorated services from this early period of the American China trade and this version is considered one of the finest. From the former collection of Elinor Gordon and once exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Slight crazing to some small areas,  line sealed across base. Circa 1810.

Qianlong Period Famille Rose/Noire-Bordered Plate #7421

A striking Chinese export porcelain barbed rim plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a central scene of a fisherman handing a fish into a lady’s basket as she, her child and attendant stand beneath a large peony tree on a stream bank. The surrounding border comprised of alternating floral panels, vibrantly colored, the enamel sitting proud of the surface, all set off by a contrasting black ground. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, with only a small Y-shaped line on the reverse sealed, otherwise a very good condition and dating to circa 1745. Illustrated in Williamson’s book on Famille Rose.

 

Elegant Pair of SETON Armorial Leaf-Form Dishes #7398c

A beautiful form, this pair of Chinese export porcelain leaf-form armorial dishes is decorated in the striking Orange Fitzhugh pattern and is centered with the Arms of Seton quartering Hay. One of four services made for this prominent family of East India merchants-Sir Alexander Seton and three of his sons all being “Company men”. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 541. Very good condition with only gilding wear to the stem of one. 7″ long. Circa 1810.

Fine Pair of Mandarin Plates #7410 Sold

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.

Pair of 8″ Mandarin Plates #7411

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates, decorated in Famille Rose enamels, one with courtly figures upon a terrace with a rather rugged and vibrantly colored mountain range in the background, the other with a wonderful view of two boats upon the water, both with the finely detailed floral, bird, and butterfly border one expects to see on quality pieces from this period. Very good condition with slight stacking wear on one. Circa 1810.