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

 

Two Fine Tulipieres #7500, A,B

A great form, these two Chinese export porcelain tulipieres are hand-painted in underglaze blue, their lobed forms centered with a central neck surmounted by a lotus bud with openings to hold cut flowers or bulbs – one decorated with phoenix imagery, the other with a continuous landscape. Both in very good condition, a unique form in itself and very useful and beautiful for the display of flowers. 19th century. $1,650.00 each.

8″ Mandarin Plate with Boating Scene #7423

A vibrantly enameled Chinese export porcelain 8″ plate decorated with a central Mandarin boating scene within a very richly painted outer border of birds, butterflies, and flowers against a gilded ground. The scene appears idyllic enough, but the story goes that courtesans often operated these boats of pleasure as we see here with a lovely lady seductively playing a stringed instrument while a family’s boat is passing by and a young man’s attentions are aroused by the music as his father beckons him from within their boat to pay no heed.  Very good condition. Circa 1820. $675.00

Very Rare Pair of Famille Rose Wall Pockets SOLD

A rather rare pair of Chinese export porcelain Famille Rose wall pockets, modeled in the form of cornucopia with floral decoration and Mandarin figural borders, and mounted in a fine pair of English Regency gilded bronze sheep’s head mounts. Small restorations to the rim of the pockets, but otherwise good condition and bearing old collection stickers for Matthew and Elisabeth Sharpe. Late 18th/early 19th century.

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.

 

Fine Form Transitional Period Ewer #7421

A great form for any collection, this early Chinese export porcelain Transitional period ewer is finely painted in underglaze blue with a continuous landscape scene featuring two attendants carrying things to their master, a scholar who reads taking his leisure in a garden. Please note the stylized tulip – a rare item at this time in the West – which decorates the neck of the piece adding to its exotic appeal. The form most likely taken from Middle Eastern metal vessels. Measuring 7″ x 6″ and in good condition with only a small restoration to the end of the spout and minor glaze losses commensurate with its age; covered in a rich, beautiful glaze. Mid-17th century.  $4,800.00

 

 

Rare Color Lime Green Fitzhugh Plate #7416

An unusual coloration for this very popular Chinese export porcelain Fitzhugh patterned plate, its intricate hand painted design colored in with a wash of lime green enamel. This pattern comes in a variety of colors ranging from the most common, blue, to some of the rarest – raspberry, black and yellow. This lime color is surely on the rarer end of the spectrum as we seldom come across an example; we speculate that possibly only one dinner service of this color could have been made as we’ve seen so few examples over the years.  Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in unusually fine condition with only a small chip restored.  Circa 1825.  $650.00

Exquisite Faux Bois Bordered Famille Rose 12 1/2″ Charger

A really fine Chinese export porcelain 12 1/2″ charger, decorated with a central design of flowering peony branches – the symbol of wealth and nobility -rendered in Famille Rose enamels and gilding within a gilded spearhead border, the cavetto and rim wonderfully painted with a grained faux bois ground against further peony branches.  The faux bois conceit masterfully rendered and continued on the reverse; similar patterned designs can later be found on European porcelains. Very good condition, early Qianlong, circa 1745. The reverse exhibiting some fine old collection stickers.  $4,200.00

Charming Frog Brush Washer #7514 HOLD

A very charming and auspicious Chinese export porcelain diminutive brush washer in the form of a frog decorated in a turquoise glaze and set upon a later custom carved wood stand. Along with their obvious association with water, frogs (and toads) symbolize wealth and prosperity and an object such as this was part of the accoutrements that would have graced a scholar’s table, perhaps given as a gift and a wish for prosperity and success upon graduation from his official exams. Measuring 3″ long and in very good condition with only a minor glaze lost to one of his small feet. Early 18th century. $750.00

 

Charming Mandarin Cachepot #7492c

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain footed cachepot, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with leisurely Mandarin figures and their attendants within a continuous landscape. The top edge of the pot bordered with a band of delicately rendered flowers. Measuring 3″ tall x 5″ in diameter.  In very good condition. Circa 1820.  $850.00