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Yongzheng Period Koi Decorated Plate #7459

A fine Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with images of koi  swimming about the center within a cavetto with a very elaborate gilded scrolling border, the outer rim with riverscape vignettes alternating with with gilded branches of peony-all exquisitely rendered as one expects to find during this period of superb porcelain production. The koi is a symbol of abundance, luck, wealth, and power, and also conjugal harmony and happiness as they are believed to mate for life. Measuring 9″ in diameter with a line to the rim into the cavetto, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1730-1735.  $1150.00

 

Rare ‘Allegory of Spring’ Punch Pot

A rare size with a rare European decoration, fine Chinese export porcelain punch pot is decorated in Famille Rose enamels on both sides with a scene of European figures in a landscape gardening – with a lady watering flowers while a gentleman leaning on his shovel flirts with another young woman with a basket of blossoms. Entitled Le Printemps after a drawing by Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) and engraved by Nicolas De Laermessin III 1684-1755. Illustrated in Beurdeley’s Porcelain of the East India Company, page 55. Measuring 8″ x 9″ and with restoration to the spout and a line to the cover sealed, otherwise fine condition, a rare and charming scene. Ex- Suchow & Siegel Collection. Circa 1760.  $1250.

 

 

‘Vase of Flowers’ Yongzheng Tea Bowl & Saucer

A brilliantly enameled Chinese export eggshell porcelain Famille Rose tea bowl and saucer hand-painted with an exuberant bouquet of flowers overwhelming a small blue footed vase, edged with a pink diapered border with small floral reserves, the vase centering the tea bowl as well, flanked by the large blooms spilling out and around the bowl.  The design most likely taken from the profuse Dutch still lifes of the late 17th century. The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3″ in diameter, very minute rim frits filled, otherwise both in very good condition. Yongzheng period, circa 1730.  $2800.

 

Yongzheng Swedish Armorial Plate #7756c

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Swedish market, this pleasingly enameled and gilded plate is centered with a large coat of arms with coronet crest encircled by a light green prunus cavetto, the border with large branches of gilded peony. The arms are those of Baron Daniel Niklas Von Hopken (1699-1741) a Swedish Secretary of State and investor in the Swedish East India Company (which explains his ability to access such luxurious porcelain). This is a beautifully colorful plate with a pleasing balance of white space to set off the enamels and gilding – all of which are in remarkably intact condition. Measuring just shy of 10″ in diameter, with a rim restoration, otherwise a beautiful example. Circa 1730-1735.  Ex-Nelson Kline Collection. $2000.

 

Amazingly Detailed Yongzheng Covered Jug #7758c Sold

Truly representative of some of the best decoration from a period that excelled in quality, this Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period covered jug is hand-painted with elegant and intriguing images. There are two aspects of the design – one features a beautiful woman as seen through a draped moon window, seated at her writing table with a letter, outside the window is a profusion of extremely detailed palms, trees, and rockwork. The second image depicts an interior scene with a mother and her child standing in a furnished interior with lattice windows (note the tree leaves seen through the lattice) and two cranes, as an open doorway looks out onto a courtyard. What remains a mystery, is the presence of two cranes standing about inside the house, although the birds are venerated as the ‘Prince of all Feathered Creatures’ and symbols of longevity and peace. The meticulous detail is carried onto the cover with more trees and a Chinese roofline.  The jug measures 4 1/2″ x 4″. There is restoration to the cover and the knop is replaced and a small line sealed to the interior, but otherwise in good condition. Imagine what a spectacular tea set this was part of.  Circa 1730-1735. Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.

 

 

Large Qianlong Period Barber’s Bowl #7770

A large Chinese export porcelain Qianlong period barber’s bowl hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a classic image of flowering peony (the symbol of wealth and nobility) amongst fence and rockwork, the floral theme continued around the rim. The foot rim pierced for hanging on the wall when these pieces weren’t in use.  Measuring 11 1/2″ x 14″ with only two small chips to the rim, otherwise good condition. Mid-18th century.  $1,200.00.

 

Exquisite Yongzheng Soup Plate #7751c Sold

An especially elegant Chinese export Yongzheng period porcelain soup plate delicately hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a central image of a courtly lady bidding farewell to a gentleman on horseback who is accompanied by his attendant (perhaps a departing husband, or a scholar taking leave of his mother?) Either way, a beautiful snapshot of a scene from almost three centuries ago. The 9 1/2″ plate bordered with chrysanthemum demi-lunes against a diapered ground. The reverse bearing an old note identifying the piece from the Martin Hurst Collection, as well as a dealer sticker from Henry Moog, Atlanta. Rim line sealed, otherwise good condition with no wear to the ‘proud’ enamels. Yongzheng period, circa 1725-1730. $3,600.00

 

 

 

Yongzheng Tea Bowl & Saucer #7762c sold

A classic example of some of the masterful decoration so typical of the Yongzheng period, this very finely eggshell  tea bowl and saucer are painstakingly hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a highly elaborate design centered with a vase of peonies surrounded by a finely rendered diapered ground with reserves of stylized peony, the motifs continued around the borders, all with gilded highlights. A treasure that fits in the palm of your hand, the measuring  4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 3/4″. The saucer professionally restored, the tea bowl in fine condition. Circa 1730.  Ex-Nelson Kline collection.  $1,400.00

 

American Market Ship Teawares #7786 Cup/saucer, teapot sold

A fine grouping of Chinese export porcelain teawares made for the American market, each bearing a hand-painted image of a ship under sail bearing a blue ground flag decorated with gilded stars. This flag, first authorized for use in 1777,  was called a ‘Jack Flag’ and was flown to indicate to other ships that a diplomat was onboard. This flag was actually used by United States vessels until the early 20th century; the three pieces here a great bit of early American maritime history. The strap-handled drum teapot with leechee nut knop measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 9 1/2″ wide and with restoration to the spout at the base, otherwise good condition with a fine ship image ($1,550.00).  The tea bowl measuring 3 1/2″ in diameter and with a line to the rim, the saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter with a small rim line sealed ($850.00) and the sparrow-beak milk jug measuring 4 5/8″ tall and in good condition ($750.00). Illustrated and discussed in Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Collection at Washington and Lee University, page 212. Circa 1800.  Cup/saucer; teapot are sold.

 

 

 

 

Swedish Armorial Yongzheng Soup Plate #7754c sold

A very fine Chinese export porcelain soup plate made for Swedish market, from a special-order service and bearing the Arms of Klinkostrom.  The central arms within a scrolling gilded cavetto border, the rim with beautiful arching branches of peony – a revered flower in China, this piece combining both European and Chinese design elements exemplifying the worldwide cultural connections of the China Trade, and the superb quality achieved during this period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.  Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.

 

Yongzheng Period Coffee Cup #7769 sold

As with a lot of fine Yongzheng pieces – there is a lot of detail masterfully painted in a very small space – here is no exception with this charming handled cup painted in Famille Rose enamels with an elegant lady with a fan seated a fine table with what appears to be an unfurled scroll that she has been contemplating, her attention diverted by what we assume to be her small son who is carrying a ruyi scepter, his presence dwarfed by being sandwiched between two large vases, all as a large cat looks bemusedly out at the viewer. What did the rest of the tea set look like one wonders? The cup   2 5/8″ tall and dating to circa 1730, in very good condition. Coming to the Nelson Kline Collection from Marchant of London.

 

Pair of Mandarin 9″ Vases #7778D sold

A very decorative pair of Chinese export porcelain square tapering vases hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with courtly Mandarin scenes with figures taking their leisure in a garden conversing, playing music, and doing calligraphy. Both with gilded foo lion handles and measuring 9″ tall with restoration to chips along the edges of the shoulders, otherwise good condition.  Circa 1820.

 

River Boating Scene Mug: ‘The Haves and the Have-Nots’ #7774c

An impressively sized Chinese export porcelain mug hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a large finely detailed  central vignette with an expansive boating scene depicting two very distinct versions of life along the river – to the left is a lavish nobleman’s or high official’s boat bedecked with lanterns and flags, so large with it’s rich pavilion that only half the vessel is fit into the scene, and on the opposite shore, one gets a glimpse of a more humble vessel with its occupants doing their wash on the riverbank and hanging their laundry to dry on bamboo poles.  On the reverse side is another cartouche with a sepia riverscape scene, both cartouches in reserve against a splendid scrolling gilded ground with smaller floral panels.  A great glimpse of the Chinese lives of the ‘haves and the have-nots’ two and a half centuries ago – how much has changed, and how much has remained the same.  Measuring 5 1/2″ tall x 4 7/8″ in diameter with only restoration to the handle, otherwise good condition with fine painting.  Circa 1770s.

 

Yongzheng ‘Courting Couple’ Tea Bowl & Saucer #7765 sold

A very elegant Chinese export eggshell porcelain tea bowl and saucer hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a charming central scene of a courting couple seated beneath a tree being spied upon by a young boy (which seems to be a popular motif in Chinese art) all within a scrolling gilded peony and grisaille diapered border – the same motif appearing on the delicate little tea bowl as well. Excellent quality and in very good condition. The saucer measuring  4 1/2″, the tea bowl 2 3/4″ in diameter. Circa 1730. $2400.

 

LYMAN of Massachusetts #7737 Sold

A charming Chinese export porcelain reticulated plate from a service made for Theodore and Lydia Lyman of Massachusetts, with a central ermine mantle-and-shield decoration bearing their gilded initials TLL, the rim with a hand-cut reticulated border edged with a floral and foliate rose band of decoration. Born in York, Maine, Theodore (1753-1839) moved to Boston and successfully established himself in the shipping business, expanding his business to the Northwest fur trade and on to China, and prospering to enough to retire and commission Samuel McIntyre of Salem to design and build a grand Federal style country seat outside Boston called The Vale.  The house still stands to this day and is an Historic New England Property.  Examples of this service are in the collections of both the Peabody Essex Museum and Historic New England.  Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1786. And with many thanks to Ched and Sandy Cluthe for sharing their usual thorough research.  $1,800.00

 

Grice Breakfast Tea Bowl & Saucer #7760c sold

A really lavishly painted Chinese export porcelain breakfast tea bowl and saucer, dating from the Yongzheng period and richly decorated and detailed in Famille Rose enamels from a special order service bearing The Arms of Grice. The saucer centered with the full armorial shield crest and flourishes including what appears to be black boars all against a very detailed pink diapered ground with additional reserves of peony, prunus, lotus and chrysanthemums denoting the Four Seasons and edged with an intricate gilded scrolling border. The oversized tea bowl continues the same motifs, but centers on the image of the boar crest without the arms. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 154. The saucer measuring 6 1/2″ in diameter and with a glaze line to the reverse on the rim.  The tea bowl is 4 3/8″ inches in diameter and with a piece out professionally restored. Remarkable quality decoration. Circa 1730.  Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.  $1,750.00

 

 

Rare Mandarin ‘Borderless’ Plate #7782

An unusual Chinese export porcelain ‘borderless’ Mandarin plate hand-painted with an expansive scene across the entire surface of the plate depicting a pair of elegant courtly ladies on a covered terrace overlooking a water garden of blossoming lotus and watching a young boy in the foreground fishing.  An example of this service is illustrated in Dr. John Feller’s The Canton Famille Rose Enamels, page 5, where he remarks on the unusual use of color with the gilded detail turquoise rock formations and the strong yellow of the terrace blinds. Measuring 9 1/2″ and in good condition, dating to circa 1820.  $975.00

 

“Flower Gods’ Plates #7780 (4 of 8 SOLD)

A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates vibrantly rendered in Famille Rose enamels with images of the Twelve Flower Gods each posed in a garden landscape of rockwork with blossoming trees and each holding their attributes of individual blossoms, the plates centered with a floral roundel and detailed with gilded edges. Also represented is a figure of Zhong Kui the ‘Vanquisher of Ghosts and Evil Beings’. The Twelve Flower Gods are male and female gods and goddesses  each representing a different month of the year and its corresponding flowers. These plates must have always been treasured for their charming decoration as their is very little, if any evidence of wear to the enamels.  Measuring 8″ in diameter and dating to circa 1820.  $900.00 the pair.

 

Unusually Large 18th Century Mandarin Tea Canister #7773c

An impressively sized and richly decorated Chinese export porcelain covered tea canister, or jar, of unusual diamond-shaped form, hand-painted with four panels of Mandarin figural scenes of families at leisurely pursuits in their gardens, the concaved neck with vignettes of birds amongst branches in reserve against a finely detailed iron red diapered ground, the motif continued on to the cover, all surmounted by a foo lion finial.  Measuring an impressive 16 1/2″ tall x 9″ wide and of an unusual diamond-shaped form which gives the piece a substantial presence and allows for two scenes to be viewed at once.  With some minor restoration along the edge of the corner of the cover and the corner of the mouth of the vase and a faint interior line, otherwise very good condition. Qianlong period, circa 1770-1780. A rare form.   $4,500.00

 

 

RARE Form Mandarin Mustard Pots #7777c ONE SOLD

A very interesting and charmingly decorated pair of Chinese export porcelain covered mustard pots, each taking the form of pots-de-creme of the period with their gilded berry knops and double strap handles, but with each cover notched to accommodate a small mustard spoon.  The hand-painted Famille Rose enameled decoration with figural Mandarin scenes, the covers with elaborate borders of flowers, insects and exotic birds. Measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, in great condition with gilded detail. A very rare form. Circa 1820.  Priced individually at $775.00 each.

Yongzheng English Market Armorial Cup & Saucer #7766c SOLD

A finely painted and thinly potted Chinese export porcelain coffee cup and saucer from the Yongzheng period made for the English market, from a bespoke service bearing the Arms of Hesketh of Lancashire. Decorated with a central lobed roundel with a grisaille vase holding gilded peonies surrounded by four reserves – three with more finely detailed floral decoration en grisaille, the top reserve with the Hesketh arms and crest, all against the most minutely rendered Y-shaped gilded diapering, the handled cup continuing the motifs with quatrefoil reserves with the arms and floral designs against a gilded diapered ground. The 4 1/2″ saucer with minute rim frits and two glaze lines sealed to the reverse, the 2 1/2″ tall cup in good condition, both with very faint wear to the grisaille in places. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 257.  A wonderful survivor from circa 1733.  From the Nelson Kline Collection, acquired from Henry Moog of Atlanta.

 

 

Yongzheng Eggshell ‘Cockerel’ Tea Bowl & Saucer #7761c SOLD

A great example of this classic Yongzheng pattern, this Chinese export tea bowl and saucer in finely potted eggshell porcelain is very well painted in Famille Rose enamels with imagery of a cockerel on rockwork amongst flowering peony – the cockerel a symbol of strength and punctuality, the peony the symbol of wealth and nobility. In very good condition, the saucer 4 3/8″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 1/2″ and with a good provenance from Santos of London and the the Nelson Kline Collection. Circa 1730.

 

Yongzheng English Market Armorial Plate #7752c SOLD

A beautiful and somewhat unusual Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain armorial plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels made for the English market and bearing the Arms of Gresley quarterly with Bowyer in pretence.  Certainly typical of the Yongzheng period with this quality of porcelain and hand-painting, centered with a finely detailed armorial, the rim with delicately enameled branches of peony and butterflies.  What stands out is the Chinese crenellated wall along the bottom of the plate, its gate swung open and an exotic seven stage pagoda and Chinese roofed building seen beyond the wall. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 330 where David Howard discusses the history of this early baronetcy and family, but no suggestion is made as to why this service was ordered with this particular unusual architectural design feature.  Measuring 9″ in diameter and other than a very minute enamel loss to the armorial, in very good condition. Circa 1735. Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.

Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate # 7755c SOLD

A Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period 9″ plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels and centered with the Arms of Van Den Bergh, the central coat-of-arms featuring a shield with three coursing hounds, surrounded by a profusion of scrolling foliate flourishes, the border with delicate flowering branches of peony and chrysanthemum.  Hendrik van den Bergh was born in Haarlem in 1691 and in the 1720s and 1730s made four trips to the Orient as a V.O.C. ship’s captain out of Amsterdam, most likely when this service was ordered. Illustrated and discussed in Kroe’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 177.  Re-touch to the central armorial enamels, otherwise, good condition. Circa 1730-1735.

 

Beautiful Large 16″ Rockefeller Platter #7746

A wonderful large Chinese export porcelain ‘Rockefeller Pattern’ oval platter displaying all the richness and attention to detail for which these wares are known, featuring a very finely hand-painted scene – as good a quality as any screen, or scroll painting – featuring a family boating party having pulled their craft ashore and enjoying a picnic beneath a tree. A wonderful view of family life two centuries ago, all set within a puce diapered border with with bird and iron red landscape vignettes and the rim border with further landscapes in reserve against a rich and elaborately scrolling gilded border. The attention to detail and the many specialized skills it took to create this variety of decoration was why this was one of the most expensive special order services available at the time. Evidence of some restoration to the upper left rim on the reverse, other than that good condition.  Measuring 16″ x 13 1/2″ and dating to circa 1795.  $8,500.00

 

Rare Form Orange Fitzhugh Reticulated Basket #7771 Sold

A highly unusual form, this wonderful Chinese export porcelain reticulated basket is decorated in the Orange Fitzhugh pattern and centered with a central roundel with the monogram M, the basket motif continued onto the base with a molded woven pattern. Obviously from a special order service and the form most likely after English examples of the period.  Other than two small glaze losses to the rim, it is in ‘as found’ condition with a line across the bottom of the piece that does not to appear to have effected any of the reticulation; how this piece survived intact is as unusual as the form itself. Measuring 3″ x 9 1/2″, the only one we’ve had in thirty years. Circa 1820.

 

Chinese Export Silver Dragon Teapot #7747

A truly fine example of China Trade silversmithing, this exquisitely hand-wrought Chinese export silver tea pot is animated with a repousse swirling dragon amongst the clouds motif as well as a floral design on the cover and spout all with chased detail and textured background highlighting the sculptural effect of the imagery.  Measuring 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″, dating to the mid-19th century, and bearing a Chinese mark, yet to be identified, but obviously the work of a superior craftsman or workshop.  Very slight bend in the cover, otherwise very good condition and quality.

 

Kangxi Rouleau Form Vase #7745

A strikingly decorated Kangxi period rouleau form vase hand-painted in rich underglaze cobalt blue with a continuous scene of blossoming lotus – the ‘symbol of purity’. The ease and grace of the forms as they move around the vessel attest to the skills of the painter; a classic example in the Chinese taste, Measuring 11″ in height and in good condition with only restoration to the mouth of the vase. Circa 1690.

 

 

VERY RARE FORM KANGXI TEAPOT #7684 SOLD

A fantastic example of Chinese export porcelain from the Kangxi period, this wonderful ribbed form teapot is hand-decorated with vertical molded panels of floral and foliate decoration, banded at the top and bottom with lotus petals, the decoration continuing on the cover, with the handle and spout molded to resemble bamboo. All part of the ‘exotic’ decoration that fascinated Europeans during this early period of the China trade. Measuring 5″ tall x 6 1/2″ wide, a minute frit to the end of the spout, otherwise very good condition,  Circa 1690.

 

Elegant Trio of Famille Rose Garniture Vases #7742

A charming set of three Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ tall garniture vases hand-painted in underglaze blue and overglaze Famille Rose enamels with baskets of flowers within floral bordered medallions. Reflecting the refinement of the 18th century, dating to circa 1770-1780 and in good condition, other than possible frits filled along the mouth of each vase. Bright, cheerful enamels.  $350.00 each.

 

 

SPOONER FAMILY PAIR OF GREEN FITZHUGH SOUP PLATES #7725

An attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain 10″ soup plates in the Green Fitzhugh pattern, each centered with a gilded letter S, from a service made for the SPOONER family of Plymouth, Massachusetts, most likely Captain Nathaniel Spooner (1758-1826).  The family has a long history in Plymouth and their home still stands as a house museum.  Slight re-touch to the gilded initials, otherwise plates are in good condition.  Early 19th century.  $375.00 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pair of Tobacco Leaf Plates #7737

A great pair of Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge plates hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels in the classic Tobacco Leaf pattern, each with a lavish profusion of flowers and foliage and gilded highlights.  Measuring 9″ in diameter both with some slight stacking wear; one with a faint glaze line to the rim on the reverse, the one with two short faint hairlines to the rim on the reverse, otherwise good condition. Circa 1760-1770.

 

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.

 

American Market for Baltimore Donnell Soup Plate #7730 sold

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

Rare American Market MANIGAULT Plates #7627 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.

 

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?