Set of Rare Botanical Design Plates #7354

A rare and beautiful set of Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ plates, each finely hand-painted with various exotic fruits, flowers, butterflies, and insects. Rendered with a precision that makes one consider them having been painted after some sort of botanical engravings or prints of the period. There are multiples of some, each in very good condition with only re-touch to the gilded border. Absolutely spectacular mounted as a set on a wall or in a cabinet. Late 19th/early 20th century. Priced individually at $875.00 each. Ex-Nelson Rockefeller collection.

Exquisite Kangxi Famille Verte 11″ Plate #7355

A truly striking Chinese export porcelain 11″ plate, decorated in the famille verte palette with a central image of a peacock on rockwork amongst a profusion of blossoming peonies, prunus, and chrysanthemums; the vibrant display of floral color continues around the border, beautifully balanced, yet full of movement. Very good condition with only one very small rim chip filled, otherwise just stunning. 11″ in diameter, artemsia leaf mark on the reverse;  Kangxi period, circa 1700-1710.

Exceedingly Fine PAIR of ‘Governor Duff’ Plates #4600

A really fine pair of Chinese export porcelain ‘Governor Duff’ plates, elaborately hand-painted in the Imari palette and made for the western market, decorated with the central image of a European couple walking with their dog through a Chinese garden, all within an ornately rendered foliate border interspersed with ‘antique’  and scholarly objects. Purportedly this is based upon an image of the Dutch governor of Batavia and his wife, but there is no conclusive evidence bearing this out. Either way, they are early and important images documenting Europeans in the Far East, beautifully decorated and in great condition. Measuring 9″ in diameter. Circa 1730.

Rare PAIR of Chinese Imari Teapots #5019

An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain teapots, of a little larger size than one usually sees at this period, decorated in the Imari palette of underglaze blue, iron red and gilding, hand-painted with branches of peony and chrysanthemums, a ruyi border around the lids which are decorated with prunus sprigs. Very good condition and measuring 4 1/4″ x 7″ and dating to circa 1730. Ex-Chait Collections.

Fine Pair of Mandarin Baluster Vases #7210c

A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain covered baluster vases decorated in famille rose enamels with panels of courtly Mandarin scenes alternating with floral and butterfly designs, the covers surmounted with gilded foo lion finials. Measuring 7 1/2″ tall and in very good condition. Circa 1820.

Rare Mt. Vernon 6 1/4″ Plate Sold

A good example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this 6 1/4″ plate is neatly rendered en grisaille with gilded highlights with a central scene of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon within a grapevine rim border. This particular piece was part of a large tea and coffee service ordered by Captain Daniel Bacon (1787-1856). He was a prominent Boston merchant and ship master out of Barnstable, Massachusetts, he was one of the first to recognize the importance of clipper ships, one his his most notable vessels being the Game Cock. Services such as these were ordered in the early years of the 19th century, part of a cult of mourning and patriotism after the death of George Washington. The somewhat naive image of Mt. Vernon was most likely taken from an 1803 print by Samuel Seymour, based upon a painting by William Birch. Minute glaze line in the cavetto sealed, otherwise very good condition with only slight wear to the enamels. Circa 1810-1820.

Philadelphia Masonic Cider Jug #7351

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug with double strap handles, made for the American market and extensively decorated with Masonic emblems, a central sunburst roundel beneath the spout inscribed with the letter ‘G’, the foo-lion topped cover and rim both with a richly rendered grapevine border. Fantastic detail and condition.  Virtually identical, or most likely a mate to, the one featured on page 209 of the book Philadelphians and the China Trade 1784-1844 where they describe it as having belonged to the “Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania”.   A great example of early American and Masonic history, as well as special order China Trade porcelain. Early 19th century.       $6,800.

 

 

 

Stunning ‘Cornucopia’ Plates #7340

A very beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain  plates , most likely after a western print source, exquisitely hand-painted in famille rose enamels with large central images of cornucopia, full of vibrant flowers and foliage all within a richly gilded and detailed floral border. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Mid-18th century.  Ex:  David and Peggy Rockefeller

$10,500.

 

RARE Yellow Fitzhugh 8 1/2″ Plate SOLD

A very rare Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ plate hand-painted in the rare and sought-after Yellow Fitzhugh pattern. Since its creation around 1785, the Fitzhugh pattern was produced in a variety of colors, and combinations of colors, and yellow seems to have been one of the more rarely created colors due to its difficulty in firing. This fine example, with only rim frits filled, is from the  Hodroff Collection. 19th century.     $6500.