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American Eagle Green Fitzhugh Soup Plate #7726

A fantastic Chinese export porcelain soup plate in the Green Fitzhugh pattern made for the American Market centered with well-rendered image of a spread eagle taken from the Great Seal of the United States, clutching an olive branch in one talon and a quiver of arrows in the other, with a banner inscribed E Pluribus Unum in its beak, and supporting a shield with the gilded initials AF of the original owner, as yet unidentified, all within a brilliant green Fitzhugh design. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and with two lines to the reverse rim restored, otherwise in good condition and a very fine example of the American eagle.  Circa 1825.

 

Wonderful American Market Maritime “He is Gone” Trio #7720

A rather poignant Chinese export porcelain trio of tea bowl, handled cup, and saucer made for the American market hand-painted with a forlorn maiden leaning upon an anchor (the symbol of Hope) as she watches a ship departing, undoubtedly bearing her love away, an inscription above the scene declaring “He is gone”. The ship bearing two American flags, so undoubtedly made for the American market and a reminder of the great risks that early mariners took to make their fortunes at sea.  Other than a hairline to the saucer sealed, all pieces in good condition. The saucer 5″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″ and the cup  3 1/2″ tall.  Circa 1795.

 

 

American Market Rose Medallion Plate #7727

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market in the later 19th century, hand-painted in the Rose Medallion pattern with alternating floral and figural vignettes against a densely packed floral ground, centered a reserve bearing the gilded Gothic initial A most likely for DANIEL AMMEN (1820-1898) an American naval officer whose life-long career, postings, and accomplishments would fill this page. (See Wikipedia).  Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1865-1868.

 

American Market Rose Medallion BAILEY Plate #7715

A Chinese export porcelain 9 3/4″ Rose Medallion dinner plate hand-painted with a central roundel with a gilded initial B surrounded by four vignettes of courtly scenes and birds amongst flowering branches, all in reserve against a densely painted floral and foliate ground with butterflies and gilded rim. The central initial B within a shield is for the prominent Bailey family of Newport and New York. The patriarch of the family was one William Bailey who was one of the first settlers of Newport, Rhode Island is in known to have dies sometime before 1670.  Bailey’s Beach in Newport remains to this day, named for this family. With some minor stacking wear, otherwise in good condition. Circa 1860-1862.

 

Extremely Fine Hanbery Armorial Soup Plate #7723 SOLD

The best example of this early Yongzheng period service we’ve ever handled, this lovely Chinese export porcelain soup plate, ordered for the English market, bears the bold central Arms of Hanbery with Comyin in Pretence all with an extremely rich and detailed gilded grapevine border. Little expense was spared to create this fine service which is at odds with whom it was made for,  one John Hanbury a wealthy Quaker London tobacconist who held considerable lands in Maryland and Virginia which were worked by enslaved laborers drawing much ire and scorn from his Quaker friends and associates.  Mr. Hanbury is further discussed and an example of this service illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 265.  Minor rim chips and a line to the reverse, but the front in virtually pristine condition, the gilding especially fine.  9″ in diameter.  Circa 1730-1735.  Ex- Elinor Gordon collection.

 

American Market for Baltimore Donnell Soup Plate #7730

An elegant Chinese export porcelain soup plate made for the American market, specifically for John and Ann Donnell of Baltimore, Maryland (married in 1798) who were owners of the prominent Willowbrook Estate in Baltimore.  The design centered with a shield bearing the couple’s gilded initials surrounded by flourishes and flowers, the edge rimmed with a classic peach/sepia and gilt border which appears as a popular motif on American market services of this period.  Measuring 10″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1810.  A similar example in the collections of the Dietrich American Foundation.

 

 

American Dutch Market Basket & Undertray & Saucer #7728, #7729

Some very fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the American/Dutch market this charming reticulated basket and undertray along with a 6″ dish are all from a service made for the prominent Dutch patroon families of Ten Broeck and Stuyvesant. Each piece edged with a rich raspberry border and centered with a floral and beribboned shield bearing the initials DTB for Dirck Ten Broeck ( 1765-1832) with a C above the monogram for his wife Cornelia Stuyvesant whom he married in 1785.  Both old patrician New York colonial families, illustrated and discussed in New York and The China Trade, page 77 where it tells of Dirck being the only son of General Abraham Ten Broeck and entering the New York State Assembly and becoming Speaker of the House, later relocating to New York City. The basket measuring 7 1/2″ wide, the undertray 8″wide by 3 1/2″ tall; the plate measuring 6″, both in very good condition. Circa 1785.

 

Rare Form Orange Fitzhugh Armorial of Seton Quartering Hay #7733 SOLD

A very beautiful form in strikingly fine condition, this wonderful Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureen is decorated in the Orange Fitzhugh pattern and bears the arms of Seton quartering Hay.  Remarkably, this one of four services made for this family between 1770 and 1820 and given the family connections to the Honourable East India Company it is easy to see why that family was awash in fine porcelain.  According to Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 541, Sir Alexander Seton, 5th Baronet and his three sons all served in the company.  In addition to the great family history, the piece itself is a desirable bombe form with fine molded grapevine and gilded detail and in superlative condition. Measuring 6″ x 7″.  Circa 1810.

 

Orange Fitzhugh Arms of Nesbitt Serving Dish #7736 SOLD

A fine Chinese export porcelain quatrefoil-shaped serving dish very well-painted in the Orange Fitzhugh pattern, the quality of the design made even more attractive being centered with a bold armorial crest and motto of a hand clenching a truncheon and inscribed Je le Maintiendrai.  From a service made for the Nesbitt family of County Westmeath, Ireland.  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 691. Measuring 8 1/2″ square, combining beautiful quality and superb condition. Circa 1810.

 

Fine Arms of New York Tea Bowl & Saucer #7719

A great example of special order Chinese export porcelain made for the American Market, this fine tea bowl and saucer are hand-painted with the Arms of New York with a shield supported by two maidens, one holding a pole with a Liberty cap, the other featured as Justice blindfolded with her sword and scales, the shield surmounted by an eagle uncaged. This example is specifically discussed and illustrated in Howard’s New York and the China Trade, page 93, along with a number of other versions. This appeared to be a popular design and was made in varying degrees of quality decoration ranging from simple shields with generic floral sprigs to more finely painted versions for bespoke services including family initials and monograms as we have here.  The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″, each rimmed with an overglaze blue and gilt star border, and in very good condition having come from a superb private collection, the owner only acquiring the best examples he could find-these pieces from Elinor Gordon. Circa 1805.  $1,250.00

 

Superb Arms of New York Tea Bowl and Saucer #7718 Sold

One of the best versions of this pattern, this elegant Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer, made for the American Market is hand-painted with the Seal of the Arms of New York and a fine gilded central roundel with the original owners’ monogram above two American shields and surmounted by an uncaged version of an eagle, the roundel’s supporters featuring a maiden holding a staff with the Liberty cap and another in the guise of Justice with her blindfold, sword and scales, all within an overglaze blue border decorated with gilt stars and resting upon a band of very finely hatched gilded diapering.  This pattern was made in varying degrees of detail and quality and these pieces came from one of the best bespoke services we have seen in this pattern – a saucer from this service is  illustrated and discussed in Howard’s New York and the China Trade, page 91 and is dated to circa 1795.  Both pieces of shaped and molded form and in very good condition; from a superb private collection of American market wares, the collector only seeking out the best examples.  $1,650.00

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Armorial-Crested Teapot #7689c SOLD

A perfect example of a Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain teapot, finely decorated in Famille Rose enamels in soft shades of pink and blue diapering and cellwork along with with peony and lotus motifs and with two roundels featuring a rather cryptic cypher surmounted by a crown.  A tribute to the Chinese decorator’s talent (and patience!) and surely from a special order tea set intended for a noble personage. Measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ and in excellent condition, ex- Nelson Kline Collection.  Circa 1735.

 

American Market Fame & Eagle #7716c Sold

A rare design made for the Chinese export American Market this attractive tea bowl and saucer is hand-painted with images of both the American Eagle taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, along with an image of Fame and her trumpet floating above it. Fame, of course, being best known for her appearance on the much sought-after Order of Cincinnati service ordered for George Washington. Here the elements are successfully used together in these charming pieces boasting of their pride in the new American Republic.  The saucer 5 1/2: in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″.  There appears to be a possible short line to the saucer rim sealed, and a firing imperfection below the eagle on the saucer, otherwise good condition. Circa 1795-1800. From a prominent American Market private collection.  $890.00

 

 

WOLCOTT of Connecticut Saucer #7716c sold

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain saucer decorated with natural marine motifs of sepia shells and seaweed with fine gilt detailing, from a tea service made for Oliver Wolcott, Jr. of Connecticut, the grandson of a colonial governor of Connecticut and the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He was born in 1760 in Litchfield, Ct, attended Yale and studied law. He was Secretary of the Treasury in Washington’s cabinet after Alexander Hamilton resigned, and continued in the position into the administration of John Adams. He later relocated to New York city and established the trading firm of Oliver Wolcott and Company and started trading with China from 1804 until 1810. That is when he most likely acquired this fine tea service. He then went on to be Director of the Bank  of the United States, and then co-founder of the Bank of America.  He died in 1833, the last surviving member of Washington’s cabinet. The saucer measuring 5″ in diameter, small Y-shaped line to the reverse of the saucer sealed,  and in good condition.  From a prominent American market private collection.  $525.00

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Tea Bowls and Saucers #7712

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng tea bowls and saucers, richly hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels, sitting ‘proud’ on the surface of these thinly potted pieces, each with a central peony roundel (symbol of  wealth and nobility) against a pink cellwork ground accented by a yellow and green border.  Painstaking work and talent were needed to pot, paint and fire these small jewels.  The saucers measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowls 2 1/2″, their size indicative of the extravagant cost of tea at the time. In remarkably good condition with only the smallest of rim nibbles to edges and foot. Circa 1725-1735. Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.

 

American Market MORGAN Plate

A nice example of this well-known American Market service, this Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ plate is from one of two services made for two brothers of the Morgan family of Hartford, Connecticut – this one was made for the John Morgan service, as it simply is inscribed Morgan, the other service bears his brother’s full name John Morgan.  Of special interest as well is the fact that these services were ordered by their nephew, who was the ship’s carpenter on the Empress of China, the first American ship out of New England to trade directly with Canton.  Sadly, the carpenter died during the voyage and was never able to personally present the services to his uncles.  Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 48 and 49.  Very good condition, circa 1784.

 

Pair of Sweetmeat Dishes #7711

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain reticulated sweetmeat dishes of fan-shaped form each hand-painted with a small vignette of flowers, birds, and butterflies within a leaf-shaped reserve against a very finely gilded scrolling foliate ground – the motif continued around the rim edge which borders the sides of hand-cut reticulation.  Almost certainly part of a supper set which would have had other similar components forming an outer ring of these lotus petal shaped dishes around a central circular dish, the suite coming in a fitted box. Part of an extravagant and luxurious set for the circa 1800 dining table. Each measuring 4 1/2″ x  5 1/4″ and other than a very small rim chip and minor glaze imperfections, in very good condition with very fine painting.

 

Superlative Yongzheng Armorial Plate #7698c Sold

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period armorial plate made for the English market, decorated with a central coat-of arms within an iron red scrolling foliate border, the rim meticulously hand-painted with a soft grisaille floral ground with four reserves of gilded peonies and butterflies, all truly elegant. Bearing the Arms of Braithwaite impaling Tayleur.  Fully illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 193.  The Yorkshire family has quite an interesting history with colonial connections to both South Africa and the Coromandel Coast.  This plate is the one actually illustrated in Howard’s book, ex-Nelson Kline Collection.  Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition. Circa 1733.

 

Spectacular Armorial Yongzheng Saucer # 7701c Sold

An amazingly detailed armorial decoration on this fine Chinese export porcelain saucer from this Yongzheng period.  Finely potted and enameled in the Famille Rose palette, the top half of the saucer is centered with a lavish, baroque Arms of Goodwin of Devon and Suffolk and the lower half very well painted with a typical Chinese design of cockerels amongst peony blossoms all within and rockwork, surrounded by cellwork and diapered cavetto and border.  What a mind-boggling amount of talent and time was lavished on this one fine saucer, the tea set must have been beautiful and impressive, as was its intention at the time.  Measuring 4 1/2″ in  diameter and with only a small rim flake  to the reverse edge filled, otherwise very food condition. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 231 and from the Nelson Kline Collection.  Circa 1730.

 

American Market – Philadelphia Waterworks #7707

A Chinese export porcelain 6 1/4″ plate made for the American Market hand-painted in overglaze blue with gilded details with a central roundel depicting an image of the Fairmount Waterworks (also known as the Philadelphia Waterworks) encircled with diapered and spearhead borders on the rim. In the early years of the American republic patterns such as these were commissioned as sources of pride in our new nation and its engineering and architectural accomplishments. Most often we see examples of this sort of thing in English transfer-printed wares, but here we have a rare example in Chinese export porcelain, and rarer still, rendered in an overglaze blue, the image taken from an engraving of the period.  Other than some minor wear to the gilding this piece is in very good condition and dating to circa 1800.  $4,500.00

 

‘Declaration of Independence’ Saucer and Beaker Cup #7709Sold

A very interesting commemorative Chinese export porcelain saucer and beaker cup (or large tea bowl) made for the American market, each piece hand-painted with a scene of the authors of the Declaration of Independence presenting their document to John Hancock over which hovers a rather large American eagle, taken from the Great Seal of the United States, holding a banner in its beak inscribed The Declaration of Independence  as well as a small oval beneath the bird reading 1776. The scene on the saucer encircled with a floral sprig and star border, which does not appear on the cup. These wares were most likely produced to commemorate our nation’s centennial in 1876. The image is from one of four large paintings commissioned by John Trumbell to decorate the Capitol rotunda, the images so popular that Currier & Ives reproduced them in print form.  The print was most likely the source from which Chinese decorators worked to create these designs. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 144-145.  Both pieces in very good condition, the saucer measuring 5 3/4″ in diameter, the beaker cup 2 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″.

 

 

Impressive PAIR of 20″ Mandarin Platters #7710

A very dramatic pair of Chinese export porcelain platters, hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with large central Mandarin scenes of courtly figures in expansive landscapes surrounded with a colorful border of fruits, flowers, and butterflies against a rich gilded ground.  Barely fitting into our photo cube, each measuring 17″ x 20″ and certainly treasured over the past two centuries exhibiting minimal wear and in very good condition.  Once part of a rather extensive and luxurious dinner service, circa 1810-1820.  $9,500.00/pair.

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #7672c

A truly elegant Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plate made for the Dutch market, richly hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels, centered with a large central gilded shield bearing a fleur-de-lys and surmounted by knight’s helmet crest within flamboyant foliate surround, the cavetto diapered in pink with reserves of flowering branches, the floral motif continued around the rim with rich peony decoration and centered at the top with a crown and stag’s horn crest.  Bearing the Arms of Swellengrebel, almost certainly from a service made for Sergius Swellengrebel  (1694-1760) a Governor for the Dutch East India Company in the Cape Colony of South Africa. The history of the governing of the Dutch VOC colonies and outposts is discussed in detail in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, and this service in particular is illustrated and described on page 178 where the author points out design influences from similar English bespoke services of the period. Measuring 9″ in diameter with only a very small rim chip of two pieces out and restored, otherwise a beautiful plate in good condition.  Circa 1730-1735.

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Saucer #7700c $650.

A beautiful, finely potted Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period saucer, decorated in Famille Rose enamels and gilding with two scrolling foliate borders surrounding a finely rendered image of a vase of flowers. Minor rim frits filled otherwise fine condition, a lovely elegant piece, measuring 4″ in diameter and dating to circa 1730-1735. Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.  $650.00

 

Whimsical Qianlong Foo Lion Teapot #7687 Sold

An exceptionally charming Chinese export porcelain Qianlong period teapot extravagantly decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a pair of very energetic Foo Lions forming both the handle and the spout, accompanied by their pup who is cavorting with a ball which forms the knop to the cover. The globular body is embellished with a pair of reticulated floral bosses flanked by lotus and the shoulder with a lappet collar.  This sort of over-the-top design was all the rage in Europe where there was a mania for “the exotic” and whimsical at this time.  Measuring  5 1/2″ x 8″ and in good condition with only a chip to the spout.  Early Qianlong, circa 1745.

 

Early Qianlong Armorial Tea Caddy #7669c $1275.

A fine little Chinese export porcelain tea caddy of shaped form, decorated in Famille Rose enamels and gilding, from a bespoke service made for the English market and bearing the Arms of Amyatt, a family living near Southhampton.  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol I, page 556. Measuring 5″ tall and in good condition with only minor restoration around the shoulder and neck of the piece. Circa 1750. A great form.

Very Impressive Kangxi Famille Verte Garniture Set #7666

A truly spectacular Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain five piece garniture set of molded form and decorated in Famille Verte enamels.  The covered vases measuring 13 3/4″ tall and the flared rim vases 12″ tall, all hand-painted with a profusion of flowering branches of peony, prunus, and chrysanthemum amongst insects and rockwork.  The covered vases with restoration to finials and edges of the covers as well as one with a line running from the neck into the shoulder; the flared rim vases in remarkably good condition.  Considering the prominent and precarious places these prized objects were usually displayed the complete set together is in remarkably overall good condition. A beautiful suite of objects to display. Circa 1700-1710.

 

French Armorial Teapot with Louisiana Connection #7664 ON HOLD

A remarkable object from the French colonial days of American history, this attractive Chinese export porcelain armorial teapot is from a service bearing the Arms of Billouart de Kerlerac  and belonged to French Naval Commander Louis Billouart de Kerlerac who served in the French navy during the Seven Years War and was eventually made Governor of Louisiana. He was the last representative of France in the French colony, it then being ceded to Spain in 1762, and then to the British 1783.  Very good condition, measuring 6″ tall by 8″ across, and dating to the Qianlong period, circa 1745.

 

European Subject Baptism of Christ Plate #7682

A great example of Chinese export made for the European market, this 8 1/2″ plate is hand-painted in iron red with gilded detail with a central scene of the Baptism of Christ within a abundant fruit border meant to signify plenty interspersed with some rather Chinese-looking cherubs, two bearing a banner inscribed Mat 3:16 referring to the Biblical verse being illustrated.  Most likely taken from an engraving of the period, in very good condition and dating to circa 1725. Illustrated and discussed in Howard and Ayers’ China for the West, page 316 where they speculate that these wares were possibly made for for use in China and Japan as a starting point for conversion and incidentally exported to Europe as either a curiosity or an example of the missionary work being done there.

 

Pair of Qianlong Spaniels #7673

An especially happy pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of Spaniels, rather well modeled and finely painted in a seated position. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall and in good condition with only one tail restored.  Later 18th century. Two charming personalities to have in your collection.  $7,200.00.

Pair of Kangxi Molded Dishes #7620

A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ dishes of molded form decorated in underglaze blue with central scenes of Mandarin dusks swimming amongst lotus with two cranes flying overhead, all within a multi-lobed rim with panels of floral decoration. The lotus is a symbol of purity, the ducks a symbol of marital harmony as they are believed to mate for life, and the cranes are revered second only to the phoenix amongst winged creatures as they are symbols of strength and endurance as they fly such long distances. Crane feathers are worn is amulets against ill heath. The molded lobed rim is most likely after European silver and delft forms of the period. Minor rim roughness filled, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1690.

 

Rare Pronk Designed Handled Cup #7666c

A very finely enameled Chinese export porcelain handled cup with a broad band of butterflies and insects within floral and diapered borders.  Produced after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk, commissioned from the Dutch East India Company.  As these pieces very rarely appear on the market, we assume that this was a one-off special order tea service.  Good condition with only a line to the interior with a professional museum seal, the enamels in brilliant order. 2 3/4″ tall. Circa 1735-1740.

 

Rare American Market MANIGAULT Plates #7627 ONE SOLD

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and with an American/ Southern connection.  From a service made for Gabriel Henry Manigault (1789-1834) of South Carolina. Each plate centered with a monogrammed roundel with Latin inscription and surmounted by a Native American crest.  The motto translated means “It is better to anticipate rather than avenge”.  The service is one of two ordered by Henry’s brother Charles Izard Manigault who was in the Far East between 1817 and 1823. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 56 and 61.  Some restoration.  Circa 1820.

 

Early Dutch Armorial Charger #7648

A great example of early special order China Trade porcelain, this fine Kangxi period 14″ charger is brilliantly painted in underglaze blue in a classic Chinese style with a central bird-on-a-rock design and lotus and scrollwork decoration with the exception that it has a Dutch armorial inserted at the top. The rather loosely interpreted arms are those of PELGROM and are attributed to Jacob Pelgrom (1655-1713) who was a French Huguenot who fled to the Netherlands in 1688 and then on to the Dutch East Indies where he worked his way up the bureaucracy at the VOC eventually becoming Director of Begal by the time of his death. A beautiful piece of Kangxi porcelain with a very early European connection.  Illustrated and discussed in Kroes’  Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 108. Very good condition, circa 1700-1710.

 

Pair of Famille Rose Wall Figures #7654

A very charming pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of a man and a woman reclining with their heads resting in their hands, designed to be hung on a wall, their forms complimenting each other perfectly.  We have not seen this form before, perhaps a gift to a couple, a symbol of connubial harmony? Approximately 8″ long, dating to the 19th century?

‘Folly Fort’ Reticulated Oval Dish #7656

An 18th century reticulated dish hand-painted with a central scene of the Dutch ‘Folly Fort’ which was one of the first sights China Traders saw as they were heading up the Pearl River towards their anchorage at Whampoa and finally, after many months, Canton.  Truly, a snapshot back into the time of the early China Trade.  Measuring 9″ in diameter, late 18th/early 19th century.

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Period Dutch Armorial #7649

An especially fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Dutch market, this Yongzheng period plate exemplifies the quality produced during this short period. From it’s finely detailed overglaze enamel and gilded coat-of-arms to the meticulously painted underglaze blue cavetto and border floral designs, this plate would have been part of an extensive service with each piece decorated with the same exacting quality. The family arms are those of De Jonge and the service was ordered by one Cornelis de Jonge (1687-1743) who worked his way up the Dutch East India bureaucracy to become senior merchant and first administrator of Bengal, eventually Director of Bengal for the VOC. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1735.

 

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

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

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.  $2,800.00 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.