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Pair of Reticulated Armorial Baskets #7601 SOLD

A great pair of Chinese export reticulated armorial baskets and undertrays, made for the English market and bearing the Arms of Snodgrass from a special order service made for Thomas Snodgrass in service to the East India Company in Madras.  Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 727.  One basket with both handles restored, the other basket with one handle restored; otherwise in remarkably good condition.  Circa 1800.

 

 

Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte Punch Pots

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period Famille Verte punch pots each decorated with panels of flowering branches amongst rockwork and butterflies and each marked G on the bottom.  This cryptic mark has occasionally appeared over the years on pieces we’ve acquired, and although we have yet to ascertain who or what G represents, it always appears on piece of superior quality of export from this period.  Each pot measuring approximately 6 1/4″ high x 10″ wide.  One with a line to the bottom, the other in good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.  Priced individually.

Mandarin Cider Jug #7585 SOLD

A fine strap-handled Chinese export porcelain cider jug decorated with Famille Rose enamels with a wonderfully detailed Mandarin scene and colorful butterflies and floral sprigs, the jug and cover edged with a rich gilded dragon border and surmounted by a gilded foo lion finial. Measuring approximately  9 1/2″ tall with  restoration to a chip on the lip, handle, and u hairline to the body . A superlative example of Mandarin decoration.  Circa 1810-18

 

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.

 

Four Tobacco Leaf Plates #7506

Two pairs of Chinese export porcelain scalloped rim plates decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the ever-popular Tobacco Leaf pattern, with a lush hand-painted floral and foliate  design in vibrant enamels and gilded highlights.  Measuring 9″ in diameter.  One pair, each with a sealed hairline to the reverse ($1,300.00 each); the other pair in very good condition ($1,850.00 each).  Circa 1760-1780.

Pair of Lychee Nut Temple Pyramids #7611

A charming and highly decorative pair of Chinese porcelain lychee nut pyramids, decorated in ‘egg and spinach’ glaze and modeled as pyramidal stacks of lychees with their leaves arranged in shallow scalloped dishes.  Possibly used as altar offerings in temples, or decoratively at home, the lychee nut is a symbol of romance, beauty, and good luck. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall and both in very good condition.  19th century.  $775.00/pair.

 

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.  $2,200.00 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

 

Superb Kangxi Famille Jaune 11″ Saucer Dish #7608

A very rare and especially beautiful Chinese porcelain 11″ Famille Jaune  Meirien saucer dish depicting a great beauty sitting at her dressing table upon a fenced terrace, admiring herself in a mirror, beside a vase of flowers, and before a large screen.  The entire image so precisely drawn and painted with a minimum of detail and against a open yellow which sets off the scene to a balanced perfection.  Measuring 11″ in diameter and with three short rim  lines  , otherwise in very good condition.  Circa 1690.  Price upon request.

 

 

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.

Pair of Pronk “Dame au Parasol” Plates #7579

Two fine examples of the well-known Chinese export porcelain Dame au Parasol plates made to order after designs commissioned by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk for the Dutch East India Company; one of the few examples of a known specific European design source for Chinese trade porcelain.  Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition, circa 1745.  $1,850.00 each.

Fine Meiji Period Satsuma Plate #7607 Sold

An especially fine Japanese Satsuma 7 1/2″ plate wondrously decorated with three highly detailed vignettes one of flowers, one with ladies seated at their leisure, and a third with warriors assisting a nobleman from a boat, all against a background that is a riot of patterns and flowers, all rendered with fine gilt detail. One can see in all the fine detail where Europeans found their inspiration for the Japanese influence in the Aesthetic  Movement of the later 19th century. Very good condition, Meiji period late 19th century.  $575.00

 

Black Fitzhugh Handled Cup #7571 Sold

A rather fine Chinese export porcelain armorial handled cup very well painted in the rare Black Fitzhugh pattern.  The form itself a bit unusual with a flared beaker silhouette and a gilded ring handle, most likely after English porcelain forms of the period, and decorated with a central diapered roundel bearing a family’s crest with the image of a falcon.  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 541 where it is identified as one of four services bearing this crest and that it is likely from a service made for Capt. Joseph Cotton, a Director of the East India Company from 1795-1823.  It is also pointed out that this is the only known example of the Black Fitzhugh pattern with a British crest or armorial. Other than three small hairlines, the piece is in very good condition and exhibits a real mastery of the decorator’s paint brush.  Circa 1815.  $1,950.00

 

 

 

 

 

Green and Blue Fitzhugh Mugs Sold

Two nice examples of the Fitzhugh pattern in the form of strap-handled mugs. One rendered in the original classic Blue Fitzhugh pattern, the second hand-painted in the vibrant Green Fitzhugh. Both in good condition, the blue one measuring 4 1/2″ tall; the green one 4 1/4″.  Dating to circa 1800-1820. $250.00 and $550.00, respectively.

 

Rare Borderless Mandarin Plates #7587 Sold

A set of three Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ borderless plates decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels with wonderfully detailed Mandarin scenes; one with an official being received by a noble lady seated upon her terrace with attendants; a second plate depicting a lady seated in a garden playing the classic stringed instrument, the guzheng, to a rather enrapt group of ladies around her; and a third scene showing another terrace scene with a dancer and two not-so-amused Mandarins seated at a table both apparently asleep, one with his back to the performers!  These are somewhat unusual designs as most plates are decorated with images or scenes within borders around the cavetto and rims, here we have these scenes treated as paintings rendered across the entire surface of the plates. ……. highly decorative and insightful views into Mandarin life two centuries ago. (chips to rim restored)Circa 1810-1820.

 

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Soup Plate #7598

A very elegant Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period soup plate hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a central farewell scene as a Mandarin mounted upon a white horse takes his leave of his very elegant wife, preceded by his small attendant weighed down with all the baggage, the rim of the plate with fan-shaped stylized lotus motifs against a gilded diapered ground.  Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition with only a small rim restoration and fading to the gilded diapering. Pictured in George Williamson’s work The Book of Famille Rose.  Circa 1730.  $1,950.00

 

American Market Bartlett Family Tea Set #7597 Sold

A very elegantly designed Chinese export porcelain part tea and coffee service made for the American market each piece with a ermine-mantled shield bearing the script initials HB surmounted with a pair of lovebirds or doves and edged with a gilded swag border.  With a history of descent in the Bartlett family of Concord, Massachusetts and comprising a covered coffee pot, a drum tea pot with its scalloped stand, a helmet creamer,  four tea bowls, two handled cups, six saucers, two large biscuit dishes and a berry dish, 18 pieces total.  Restoration to the teapot handle, otherwise all in good condition with only very minor wear to the gilding.  Circa 1790-1800. $2,400.00

 

Black Fitzhugh Tea Bowl and Saucer #7571 Sold

A very rare Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer meticulously hand-painted in the Black Fitzhugh pattern with a lush floral border and centered with a monogrammed roundel inscribed AH, undoubtedly the original owner who special-ordered this striking service. The Fitzhugh pattern remained very popular since its first appearance in the later 18th century and the pattern was eventually rendered in a variety of colors ranging from the most common, blue, to more rare colored designs with black being one of the rarest. The saucer measuring 5 3/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″.  In good condition with the exception of two faint lines to the tea bowl, easily sealed; the black decoration strong with virtually no wear whatsoever, minor wear to the gilded edge.  Circa 1810-1820.  Price upon request.

Charming “Love Bird” Mug #7594 Sold

An early 19th century Chinese export porcelain mug with a double-strapped handle, charmingly decorated with a gilded grapevine bordered roundel centered with a pair of love birds, beneath an elegant salmon and sepia classical Regency border. Almost certainly made to celebrate an marriage, measuring 4 3/4″ tall and in very good condition. Circa 1805.  $195.00

 

 

Pomegranate Form Tobacco Leaf Sauce Tureen #7505 Sold

A spectacular form in the ever popular Tobacco Leaf pattern, this finely modeled Qianlong period sauce tureen shaped in the form of a pomegranate with three pomegranates forming the cover is painted in the vibrant Famille Rose palette that lends this pattern it’s rich appeal.  Serving pieces in the form of vegetables and animals were a tableware conceit that charmed and amused diners in the later 18th century.  Measuring approximately 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and in very good condition.  Circa 1760-1780.  $4,900.00

 

Pair of Pronk Dame au Parasol Plates ##7579

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain Dame au Parasol plates well-painted with the central scene of a lady and her parasol-bearing attendant coming upon a group of exotic waterfowl amongst waterside reeds, all surrounded by a series of figural and waterfowl rim vignettes against a honeycomb-patterned ground.  The design is one of several commissioned from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk by the Dutch East East India Company to be made upon Chinese export porcelain. One of the few instances where we have a known European design source for China Trade porcelain.  These designs were eventually discontinued due to production costs, but must have proved popular as they appear in blue and white as well as Imari and polychrome palettes and were even copied by the Japanese for their export wares.  Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition. Circa 1745.  $2,200.00 each. Three available.

Large Kangxi Period Blue and White Bowl #7583

A very fine Chinese export porcelain flared rim bowl of impressive 12″ size hand-painted in the deep cobalt blue for which the Kangxi period was so well known.  Decorated to the exterior with eight lotus petal shaped panels with various rich flowering branches such as peony, chrysanthemum and prunus, the interior with a diapered border with cartouches of flowers, the bottom of the bowl with a large roundel of peony blossoms. Very minor rim frits and small chip filled, otherwise fine condition. A great size and dating to circa 1690-1700.  $11,500.00

 

 

Kangxi Period Scholar’s Brush Rest #7582

A charming, beautifully constructed Kangxi period Chinese scholar’s brush rest of openwork design and painted in classic Famille Verte yellow and green glazes on a biscuit body. Despite being a basically utilitarian piece, and a rather rare survivor, this lovely object was produced with the same attention to detail and quality as a larger decorative piece and would have been an essential item in a scholar’s studio as part of his writing equipage. Measuring  1 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ x 1 7/8″ and in good condition with not apparent restorations. Discussed in Luisa Vinhais’ and Jorge Welsh’s book Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, pages 120-123. Kangxi period, late 17th century.  $1,350.00

 

Kangxi Period ‘Long Elizas’ Covered Jug #7574 Sold

A very elegant Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period covered jug, with a molded body of lotus petal-shaped panels decorated with ‘Long Elizas’ and images of potted flowering plants, the neck with exuberant lotus blossoms and leaves and the cover with a delicate branch of flowering peony, the brilliant white porcelain and cobalt blue decoration set off beautifully with gilt silver mounts connecting the handle and the cover.  Measuring 6″ tall x 5″ and in very good condition with the exception of a small restoration to the tip of the spout.  A lovely object with a rich tactile glaze. Kangxi period circa 1690.  $1,875.00

Pair of Marked Sepia Fitzhugh Covered Rice Bowls #7572

A very finely made pair of Chinese export porcelain covered rice bowls and under dishes meticulously hand-painted in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern and highlighted with gilt enamel, each piece unusually signed with a six-figure Chinese mark within a square.  The rendering of this elaborate pattern is of the highest order and the condition of these pieces is very good with only the most minimal of wear and no apparent restoration. The saucer under dish measuring 5 3/4″ in diameter, the bowl 2 1/2″ in diameter and 4″ tall.  Circa 1810-20.  $650.00 each.

Kangxi Covered Wine Cup #7575 Sold

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 Chocolate Pot #7577 Sold

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

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.)

 

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

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.

“Cow Pox Innoculation” Breakfast Tea Bowl, Saucer #7365

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

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

 

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

 

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.

American Market Tablewares, 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 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