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Kangxi Covered Wine Cup #7575

A very fine Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain covered wine cup, decorated in underglaze blue with a charming scene of two scholars with their horses, the cover painted with two frolicking boys, the base with an artemsia leaf. The beautiful cobalt blue of the design is set off perfectly against the addition of gilt silver mounts.  Faint rim hairlines sealed, otherwise very good condition – just a little jewel of a piece.  4 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ in diameter. Circa 1690.  $1,775.00

 

 

 

Palaceware Mandarin Chocolate Pot #7577

A very impressive piece of Chinese export porcelain, this large pistol-handled chocolate pot is a spectacular tour-de-force of decoration, hand-painted with two very elegant Mandarin scenes within oval reserves as well as smaller fan-shaped floral vignettes all against a dazzling gilt latticework ground.  Almost certainly from a bespoke service, this was some of highest quality porcelain one could order from Canton during this period – this group of gold ground wares frequently referred to as Palaceware, for obvious reasons. This is a large size and a rare form measuring 9 1/2″ tall by 9″ handle to spout. There is a small restored chip to the rim of the cover and a small area of rub to the shoulder of the piece, otherwise, remarkably, the handle and spout seem intact and the scenes and latticework as fresh as they were when they were painted. Circa 1795. $5,300.00

Pair of Sepia Fitzhugh ‘Henley’ Luncheon Plates #7572 SOLD

From our collection of Chinese export porcelain made for American Market we are pleased to offer these very finely painted 8″ luncheon plates in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, each with a central rounder with the initial  H from a bespoke service made for U.S. Naval Captain John Dandridge Henley (1781-1835) who served both in the Barbary War and the War of 1812. He was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and was a nephew of Martha Washington. One with the slightest spot of stacking wear, otherwise superb condition and a great example of from our early republic’s naval history with founding of Norfork, Virginia, Naval Base.  Circa 1820.    $1150.ea

 

Pair of 18th Century Mandarin Mugs #7581 SOLD

A beautifully decorated pair of Chinese export porcelain mugs finely hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels and gilding with courtly Mandarin terrace scenes, along with landscape and bird vignettes amongst scrolling floral vines. It is important to note the detail of these pieces as the scenes are rendered within raised cartouches and the floral designs are in relief as well, all against a very finely scrolling gilded ground. Quality of this level is an immediate precedent to the well-known Palaceware and Rockefeller patterns which appear in the decade following the production of these mugs.  Measuring 5″ tall and in very good condition.  Circa 1785. pr.  $1875.00

Rare Manigault Sepia Fitzhugh Pot-de-Creme #7572

A very desirable Chinese export porcelain covered pot-de-creme finely hand-painted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, made for the American Market and specifically Gabriel Henry Manigault (1789-1834) of Charleston, South Carolina. Gabriel’s younger brother, Charles Izard Manigault, traveled to Canton and the Far East between 1817 and 1823 and it was during this time that he ordered two services – one for his brother and one for himself.  Gabriel’s service, seen here, bears his initials within a belted roundel with a Latin motto that translates to “It is better to anticipate than avenge” which is surmounted by an Native American crest.  There are several American market services ordered for prominent families in this Sepia Fitzhugh pattern around this 1820 period, and all bear this spectacular level of quality of painting.  Many bespoke services were for families in the New England and mid-Atlantic states; this is one of the far rarer examples with a specific Southern connection.  Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 56, 61. Measuring 3 1/4″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide and in very good condition.  ($7200.)

 

Unusual Form Kangxi Scholar’s Brush Washer #7580

A very charming Chinese porcelain yellow-glazed scholar’s brush washer or water pot with a finely modeled brown-glazed dragon writhing along one side. Even in its simplicity of design, the piece is well-molded and detailed, and would have adorned a scholar’s writing table as one of the accoutrements of the intelligentsia. Water pots or brush washers for the scholar’s use tend to be of round form; this one of square form is somewhat unusual, and, in remarkably good condition. Measuring 2″ high by approx. 2 1/4″ square. Kangxi period, late 17th century. $2,200.00

 

Superb Fitzhugh “Henley” Pudding Dishes #7572 Sold

Truly one of the finest examples of Sepia Fitzhugh we’ve had, this pair of meticulously hand-painted pudding dishes is even more remarkable for their American  connection as they are from a service made for Captain John Dandridge Henley (1781-1835) an officer in the United States Navy who served with distinction in the First Barbary War and the War of 1812. He was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and was a nephew of Martha Washington’s, hence his appointment as a midshipman by President (and Uncle) George Washington in 1799. Centering this beautiful rendition of the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern is a central medallion with the monogram H.  With only the slightest of stacking wear, otherwise fantastic condition.  Measuring 8″ in diameter and dating to circa 1820. $1,150.00 each.

 

 

Pair of Kangxi Period Doucai Plates #7576

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain 8 3/4″ plates decorated in the Doucai style, a technique originating in the Ming Dynasty and later revived during the Qing Dynasty.  Roughly translated it means “Fitted Colors” and it describes the technique of basically creating outlines of the design in underglaze blue, firing the piece, and then filling or “fitting in” the rest of the colors of the image in overglaze enamels, requiring a second firing.  In this pair we have an elegantly rendered central scene of bamboo entwined with flowers with the floral motif of flowering branches continuing around the rim. One with a small flake to the reverse, the other with a very small frit to the rim, otherwise very good condition. Kangxi period, late 17th/ early 18th century.  $3,200.00 the pair.

 

Pronk Dame au Parasol Plate #7573

A classic example of one of Cornelius Pronk’s designs rendered on Chinese export porcelain, this well-known Dame-au Parasol patterned plate is hand-painted with a central scene of a lady and her attendant holding an elaborate parasol, coming upon a group of water fowl within a floral cavetto and an outer rim with vignettes of ladies, attendants and waterfowl against a honeycomb patterned ground. The reverse whimsically painted with various insects.  The Dutch East India Company commissioned Pronk to create designs to be translated onto Chinese export porcelains. Plates like these are one of the few examples where we know the identity of the European artist whose designs influenced Chinese decoration. Measuring 9 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a minute 1/8″ glaze line to the rim. Circa 1745. $2,100.00

Kangxi Period Bombe Form Teapot #7572 Sold

A charming Chinese export porcelain bombe form footed teapot hand-painted in underglaze blue with classic landscape scenes and set with gilt silver mounts. Measuring 4 1/2″ x 6″ with only minor glaze fritting and small restoration to interior of the rim, otherwise fine condition and dating to circa 1690.  $2,2500.00

 

 

Ulysses S. Grant Fish Service Plate #7570 SOLD

A fine example of a 19th century Chinese export porcelain dinner service made for the American Market with a Presidential association as it is known that a large fish service was ordered for President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant comprising fish-decorated dinner plates and platters.  The service was hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with an elaborate floral and butterfly Rose Canton style border, each plate centered an image of large fish with luminous scales in blues, greens and turquoise. Described and illustrated in New York and the China Trade, page 134, and examples of the service are in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum.  Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter with only very minor stacking wear and rim roughness otherwise very good condition.  Circa 1879.  $3,200.00

 

Pair of Qianlong Period Reticulated Saucer Dishes #7569 Sold

A really beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain Famille Rose-decorated reticulated saucer dishes, each centered with a classic design of exotic birds amongst blossoming peony and rockwork, all within a reticulated border painted in a mottled design (perhaps in imitation of tortoiseshell?) All together very elegantly designed typical of the refinement of the mid-18th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and one in very good condition, the second with a bit of the rim and reticulation nicely restored. Mid-18th century.  $775.00 the pair.

Yongzheng Famille Rose Teapot #7567

A charming Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period lotus petal-molded teapot decorated with Famille Rose enamels, meticulous gilded diapering and grisaille floral decoration. Very good condition, measuring 4 1/2″ x 6″ and dating to circa 1730-1735. $2,500.00.

American Market Ridgway Eagle-Decorated Plates #7549

A very handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain barbed rim 8″ plates with a central American eagle decoration based upon an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, all within a striking sawtooth border. Part of a rather impressive 416-piece service made for wealthy businessman John Jacob Ridgway of Philadelphia (1768-1843) who was American Consul to Antwerp, Belgium in the first years of the 19th century.  The service was most likely made for that diplomatic sojourn. Very good condition, circa 1800.  $1,450.00 each.

Rare American market “Cow Pox Innoculation” Breakfast Tea Bowl and Saucer #7365

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain breakfast tea bowl and saucer made for the American market of medical and historical interest.  These pieces are from a service ordered for Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse of Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1746-1846) a Harvard professor who in 1800 successfully innoculated his own children with the cowpox vaccine against smallpox. A tea service was consequentially ordered with this cow imagery to commemorate and promote the practice as it seems vaccines were as controversial then as they are today.  Fully illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, pages 174-175.  The tea bowl measuring 4 1/4″, the saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter. Two lines sealed and two small pieces out, and restored, to the tea bowl and two lines sealed to the saucer.  Circa 1805. $1,200.00 each.

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

 

Fine Pair of Eagle-Decorated Rhode Island Saucers #755 SOLD

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 SOLD

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

Rare Armorial Rose Medallion Platter and Mazzarene #7444 sold

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

 

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.

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.

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

 

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.

 

 

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