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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 at $1,350.00 each.

 

Fine Pair of Eagle-Decorated Rhode Island Saucers #7550

A very beautiful version of the American eagle on Chinese export porcelain, these superb American market saucers are centered with finely hand painted sepia eagles taken from the seal of the state of Rhode Island, each noble bird with a halo of golden stars is clutching a banner in its beak inscribed “In God We Hope” and supports a shield with an anchor (also a symbol of Hope) as well as the trumpet of Fame. Very good condition with only the slightest of wear, measuring 5″ in diameter and dating to circa 1800-1810.  These objects are great examples of the pride and confidence of our early republic. Priced individually at $1,275.00 each.

 

Reticulated “Folly Fort” Oval Dish #7507

A very nice Chinese export porcelain reticulated oval serving dish hand-painted with a riverscape view of the “Folly Fort” at the entrance of the Pearl River, known as Bocca Tigris,  leading up to the port at Canton. After months of at sea, this would have been one of the first landmarks China traders would have seen marking the end of their arduous journey and the beginning of their trading season at the factories of Canton.  A very interesting view of the early China Trade, sometimes also appearing in paintings of the period.  Measuring 9 1/4″ x 11 1/2″.  In very good condition with the exception of a little stacking wear and enamel retouch.  Circa 1790-1800. $2,800.00

 

 

 

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

 

Rare Figure of a Hawk #7563

A beautifully modeled Chinese export porcelain figure of a hawk perched upon rockwork, well-molded and painted with great detail. Hunting with hawks was always a symbol of nobility and royalty as it was a pursuit reserved for the noble and leisured classes both in Europe and China. Figures are some of the rarest forms of the China Trade as they were difficult and expensive not only to produce, but difficult to pack and ship safely. Measuring 7″ x 3 1/2″ and with some restoration as can be expected. Qianlong period, 18th century. $3,500.00

 

 

 

Superb Yongzheng/Qianlong Famille Rose Kendi #7565 Sold

An absolutely exquisite Chinese export porcelain Kendi decorated in Famille Rose enamels and hand-painted with richly dressed courtly figures upon a garden gallery and terrace, the landscape continuing around the vessel with a profusion of peonies, flowering prunus and chrysanthemums amongst rockwork. The floral motif continues as well around the shoulder with a collar of peony and gilded scrolling vines beneath the neck also with peony branches.  A perfectly shaped form with a pronounced flaring mouth, representing some of the best painting of the late Yongzheng/early Qianlong periods – note the detail of the robes, and the small rabbit on the gallery with the attendants.  Measuring 8 1/2″ tall and in excellent condition. Circa 1740-1745.

 

American Market Eagle-Decorated Saucer #7551 sold

A fine Chinese export porcelain 5 1/2″ saucer made for the American market, centered with a sepia eagle supporting a red-striped shield beneath a radiant halo of gold stars. Originally part of a complete tea service ordered by a patriotic citizen of our new Republic, circa 1800-1810.  The saucer with a small rim flake filled to the reverse along with a firing line to the rim with an associated glaze line, otherwise a great addition to an American market collection with a superbly rendered American eagle after an early version of the United States. $450.00

 

Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Bowl #7540

A very fine example of Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain decorated in the Famille Verte palette, this elegant flared bowl with a barbed rim is beautifully painted with alternating molded panels of flowering branches of peony, prunus, and chrysanthemum along with birds and butterflies, the floral motif continued on the interior, the overall effect light and joyful.  Measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with the exception of minor rim frits filled.  Circa 1700.  $6,800.00.

Group of American Market Tablewares with 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 Qianlong Period Plates #7448 Sold

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal form plates decorated in Famille Rose enamels each centered with a scene of a Mandarin family upon a garden terrace either in late autumn or winter as the leaves are off the willow and the pine tree supports the only garden greenery.  Also note the affluent family are all bundled up against the cold – the father with a fur jacket, the mother with a fur collar and even the child has fur cuffs on his robe.  Furs were a status symbol and much sought after; furs and sealskins were in fact one of the few commodities the Chinese were interested in trading for with Western supercargoes. Each scene is surrounded by an elegant gilded rococo border with landscape vignettes. The plates measuring 8 1/2″ and are in very good condition. Qianlong period, third quarter of the 18th century. $1,650.00

 

American Eagle-Decorated Teapot #7445 Sold

A handsome Chinese export porcelain strap-handled drum teapot decorated with a sepia eagle with gilded details supporting a shield beneath a halo of stars. Based upon an early version of the Great Seal of the United States. Measuring 9″ x 5 1/2″. The original owner’s gilded initials worn away, but otherwise in very good condition.  Circa 1800-1810.  $ 875.

Large 5 1/2″ American Eagle Tankard #7446 Sold

A generously sized Chinese export porcelain strap-handled tankard, made for the American market centered with a hand-painted sepia eagle supporting a floral-decorated shield beneath a halo of gilded stars, taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States.  With only a 1/4″ line to the rim, otherwise superb original condition. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall and dating to circa 1800.  $1,150.00

Pair of 11″ Reticulated Saucer Dishes #7441, 7442 SOLD

A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain 11″ saucer dishes, painted in vibrant cobalt blue with classic riverscapes all within hand-cut reticulated borders. The use of white space particularly effective with these images.  Both in very good condition, the second dish presently having very minor rim glaze losses filled, so image not available at this time.  Circa 1800. Priced as a pair $3,200.00.

 

Qianlong Openwork Fruit Basket #7427 Sold

A very impressive display of the potter’s art, this  elegant Chinese export porcelain 8″ openwork fruit basket is finely crafted and decorated in Famille Rose enamels centered with a bird on a flowering peony branch, the overlapping circular reticulation rendered as a faux finish – perhaps to resemble tortoiseshell? With only a small repair to the edge of the rim and one of the circles of reticulation – otherwise in fine condition and a rare survivor. Bearing an old collection sticker from Matthew and Elisabeth Sharpe. Circa 1750.  $3,800.00

Rare Armorial Rose Medallion Platter and Mazzarene #7444

A rather unusual Chinese export porcelain oval platter and mazzarene decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the Rose Medallion pattern with its charming vignettes of Mandarin scenes and birds and flowers against a densely hand-painted floral and butterfly ground. This was an enormously popular pattern in the 19th century and many services were produced, but this is one of a group of  special bespoke services, special-ordered with a family motto and crest.  What is particularly unusual is that this one bears the crest unassumingly on the reverse of the pieces decorated. The motto PRENEZ-GARDE was used by several families, primarily MACINTOSH of Scotland, but there also is a distinct possibility that this service has an American connection as this motto was also used by the Scottish RICKARD family whose descendant William Rickard emigrated to Newfoundland and then on to America where he became a noted chemist and metallurgist. In very good condition, being some of the best quality Rose Medallion produced and measuring 16 1/2″ x 13″ and dating to circa 1870.  Pictured in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 702. $1,700.00

 

Mandarin Lighthouse Coffee Pot #7443 Sold

A handsome Chinese export porcelain lighthouse form coffee pot decorated in Famille Rose enamels with Mandarin figures in a landscape, the pot and cover edged with a rich floral border with a gilded ground, the cover surmounted by a gilded leechee nut finial. Very good condition and a fine form for one’s collection, rather rare as we mostly have seen teapots in this decoration. Measuring 9 3/4″ x 9″ . Circa 1820. $2,300. 00

 

Eight Immortals Plate #7415 SOLD

This Chinese export porcelain plate is decorated with a vibrantly blue enamel border dotted with flower heads encircling a rich central image in the Chinese taste of the Eight Immortals. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition with only a minor restoration. A rather rare border pattern. Circa 1820.

Fantastic Pair of Pronk Parrot Beaker Vases #7422 sold

A lovely rare pair of Chinese export porcelain beaker or sleeve vases, decorated front and back in Famille Rose enamels with images of a parrot perched upon a rather elegant swing clutching a cherry sprig. The painting after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk who was commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to create designs to be translated on to Chinese export porcelain; a rare instance where we actually know the artist of a design on export porcelain. Measuring 9 1/2″ tall and in very good condition with the exception of some slight discoloration to the porcelain ground, original to the firing of the pieces. One vase sprayed to the interior for aesthetic purposes and easily removable. Minor refresh to enamels of one parrot. Otherwise an elegant pair of Pronk vases. Circa 1750.  $4,800.00.

Rare Yongzheng/Qianlong Peony Plate #7429 SOLD

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain molded peony plate, decorated in beautifully nuanced Famille Rose enamels, the front covered with three lush peony blossoms, the reverse revealing the underneath of the blossoms with stems and leaves, all in molded relief. The peony is a revered flower in Chinese culture, a symbol of nobility, wealth and prosperity. Dating to the late Yongzheng/early Qianlong reigns, circa 1735-1750 and bearing an old dealer sticker from Matthew and Elizabeth Sharpe. In very good condition with only a small rim chip to the reverse, hardly noticeable and easily remedied. In our forty years of dealing, we have never seen one of these plates.

 

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.

Very Rare Form and Design Sample Chamberstick #7420 SOLD

A rather rare form, this Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge chamberstick served as a salesman’s sample of sorts as it is finely decorated and gilded with four separate border patterns and a monogram in order to display to potential clients and supercargoes what were some of the latest styles available from the talented decorators at the Chinese potteries. Very few of these survive, Historic Deerfield has an example of a pot-de-creme. Very good condition. Circa 1800. $4,200.00

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.

Kangxi Period Candlestick #7428 Sold

A very unusual form in Chinese export porcelain, this wonderful 7 1/2″ blue and white candlestick is clearly based upon European metal forms of the late 17th century – even modeled with the little slit to insert a knife in order to pry out expired candle stubs. Nicely decorated with prunus blossoms and other foliate and decorative motifs. Evidence of glaze crazing and losses, but otherwise in very good condition and bearing the collection sticker of Matthew and Elizabeth Sharpe. Circa 1690-1720. $1,900.00

Dutch Market Grisaille Tea Bowl and Saucer #7504 Sold

A finely painted Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer decorated en grisaille, the saucer with a central image of the Reverend Petrus Boudaan of Amsterdam (1666-1734) along with his coat-of-arms all within a scrolling gilded border, the same motifs repeated around the tea bowl. The Reverend was a highly regarded preacher in Amsterdam, a member of the City Council and Director of the VOC Chamber. This tea bowl and saucer was part of a commemorative service ordered by the Reverend’s son after his death and copied from a period engraving of the preacher.  It is a remarkable tribute as well to the talented Chinese decorators who could so easily replicate an engraved image with a painter’s brush. Very thinly potted and in good condition with only slight stacking wear and wear to the gilding on the saucer. Similar examples in China for the West and the Mottahedeh Collection. Circa 1740-45. $2,600.00

 

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. $750.00 each.

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.

 

 

Fine Form Transitional Period Ewer #7421 SOLD

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.

 

 

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

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

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.

Classic Pattern, Superb Condition Tobacco Leaf Plates #7506

A really fantastic pair of Chinese export porcelain plates in the classic, much-sought-after Tobacco Leaf pattern, brilliantly painted in this exuberantly floral and foliate pattern. With so much of the surface covered in overglaze enamels one usually expects all manner of wear, but these two 9″ dinner plates are the exception – they are in great condition, with only the most minimal of retouch to any previous stacking wear. Circa 1760-1780.

 

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