A rather striking Chinese export porcelain five piece garniture of impressive size and presence, decorated in underglaze blue with classic Chinese landscape scenes rendered within raised panels set against a ‘chicken skin’ ground which was created by hand-application of the finely dotted ground, all highlighted with gilded detailing. This was a lavish and time-consuming set to create at the time. Note how the silhouettes of the forms compliment each other. Considering that sets such as these were precariously placed upon chimney pieces or on top of high chests, it is remarkable what fine condition this set remains in with only one small rim chip filled to the lip of one vase. Measuring 11 1/2″ tall and dating to circa 1760-1770.
A very attractive Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ saucer dish made for the American market and centered with a hand-painted sepia image of an American eagle taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States and within a wide outer grapevine border most likely inspired from English designs of the period. From a service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, Rhode Island (1775-1843). He served as a supercargo and resided in Canton from 1802-1810 where he was eventually made U.S. Consul. He amassed a considerable fortune in trade during and after his return from Canton; his grand house still stands in Providence. In very good condition and one of the most attractive of the American market services produced. Circa 1810.
Not only fine examples of Chinese export porcelain, this beautiful pair of 10″ dinner plates has an important American connection as they are from a service made for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton and his wife. Clinton was a huge champion of the building of the Erie Canal which propelled New York City into the economic and financial power house which it is to this day. The service itself must have provided the Clintons and their guests with a luxurious and cosmopolitan treat with its finely rendered Chinese landscape and border of exotic figures of the ‘Eight Immortals’. Very good condition with only slight stacking wear and one minute rim frit. Circa 1810-1820. The only known service of this design.
Two very beautiful Chinese export porcelain handled cups and saucers with each piece centered with a finely painted sepia American eagle, taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, and each bordered with a vibrantly enameled grapevine border-most likely taken from an English pattern design of the period. From a service made for Edward Carrington of Providence, R.I. who became a prominent China Trade merchant, shipping magnate and US Consul to Canton from 1802-1810. He returned to Providence in 1811, having amassed a fortune in China trading on his own behalf. ……
A rather unusual form, this square pair of Chinese export porcelain notched-corner plates are brilliantly painted with Famille Rose enamels with a vibrant central scene of a pair of cockerels amongst rockwork and peonies all within a scrolling floral border of chrysanthemums, peony and lotus. Measuring 8 1/2″ square and in in very fine condition with only slight stacking wear. Mid-18th century.
A very refined pair of Chinese export porcelain 11 1/2″ saucer dishes decorated in Famille Rose enamels centered with a branch of flowering peony which is beautifully set off by the surrounding white space of the porcelain, the rim border a soft green diapering with reserves of grisaille landscapes. Both pieces displaying a perfect balance of decorative elements, color and white space. Both dishes in good condition with only rim frits filled. Ex-Matthew and Elisabeth Sharp Collection. Circa 1750-1760.
A rare Chinese export porcelain tea caddy decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a scene of a European couple depicting a rather surprised looking gentleman in a flowing black cloak presenting a basket of flowers to a rather exposed lady with a very undone bodice. The sides of the caddy with scrolling foliate and floral designs, the shoulder and cover equally well-painted with diaperwork and peony reserves, finely done probably in imitation of Canton enamel work. This was obviously part of a special order tea set given it’s subject matter and theme; one can only imagine the looks of the guests when tea was served! The rarity of the piece is attested to by the array of collection stickers on the bottom, having once belonged the Martin Hurst, Hodroff and Mottehedah collections. Measuring 4 1/4″ tall x 3 1/4″ wide and in good condition with only restoration to the cover. Some black enamel re touched. A version of this image is depicted in Hervoet’s book Les Porcelaines des Compagnies des Indes a Decor Occidentale where they date it to the Yongzheng period, circa 1735.
A beautiful Chinese export porcelain soup plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a gilt Du Paquier style border, hand-painted with a central scene depicting a reclining female holding a cornucopia beneath garlanded trees full of fruit gesturing towards a background with a shepherd and his flock and a thriving town in the distance. Beside her on the ground recline a chubby child happily gorging himself on fruit as well as a once threatening lion, now dozing and docile with contentment. The image almost certainly alludes to the blessings of Plenty and the peace that brings, and most likely taken from a European print source of the period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1735.
A rare and beautiful set of Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ plates, each finely hand-painted with various exotic fruits, flowers, butterflies, and insects. Rendered with a precision that makes one consider them having been painted after some sort of botanical engravings or prints of the period. There are multiples of some, each in very good condition with only re-touch to the gilded border. Absolutely spectacular mounted as a set on a wall or in a cabinet. 19th century. Priced individually at $775.00 each. Ex-Nelson Rockefeller collection.