Late Ming/Transitional Period Blue and White Ewer #7348

A very beautiful and early Chinese porcelain ewer, finely hand-painted in underglaze blue with images of lotus, chrysanthemum and branches of ‘Buddha’s Hand’ fruit-a symbol of happiness, good fortune and longevity. The form most likely after a European silver shape. A great form and size, approximately 9″ in height, and in very good condition considering its age with only a minute chip to the rim filled, and with an especially fine provenance having once been part of the great Hodroff Collection from which they dated it to circa 1660; we think it a bit earlier.  $1800.

 

DuPont Provenance

A really fine pair of Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureens with their matching undertrays, decorated in famille rose enamels with overglaze blue and gilding, vibrantly rendered with baskets of flowers and fruits and floral details. Each tray with a label inscribed Ruth Dupont in pencil, and with a history of descent in the family, having been given by the Duponts to their daughter, and hence passed on to their grand daughter. Each tureen measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide, and both in good condition with only minimal wear to the enamels. An opportunity to own not only an elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain tureens, but also a small piece of one of the greatest decorative arts collection in this country. Circa 1795.    pr. $ 1950.

American Maritime Partial Teaset #7344 Teapot, 4 c/s sold

A really handsome and unusual Chinese export porcelain part teaset, made for the American market, hand-painted en grisaille with gilt details. The decoration finely rendered depicting an ‘Altar of Hymen’ surmounted by a classical urn and swags inscribed with  the gilded initials JB. To the left in the background, floats a ship flying an American flag, the ship’s name ARAB proudly emblazoned across the stern. To the right of the altar is a maritime shield with an anchor upon which is perched a pair of lovebirds and beneath the shield the gilded initials LB. Surely this was a special order service, certainly from the ship’s captain and most likely some sort of commemorative for a marriage with the Altar of Hymen and lovebird themes being incorporated into the design. The ship ARAB was registered in 1806 in Salem, MA and was captained by one John Barton (1774-1818) who as a shipowner, shipmaster, and merchant became wealthy trading with Europe, South America and the East and West Indies. For a virtually similar piece see our Item #7345, a tankard, which does not have the inscribed ship’s name or lovers’ initials, so, interestingly this was a stock pattern which could be ‘specialized’. Circa 1810. PIECES PRICED INDIVIDUALLY: Teapot, sugar bowl, berry dish, teabowls, handled cups and saucers available. TEAPOT SOLD, teabowl/saucer – $750. , berry bowl – $450.,  sugar- $250.

 

 

 

We are grateful to our friends Sandra and Charles Cluthe for their research on these pieces.

 

American Ship Tankard #7345

A very fine maritime-themed Chinese export porcelain double-strap handled tankard, decorated en grisaille with gilded detail, depicting a ship flying an American flag, an ‘Altar of Hymen’ with classical urn and swags and a maritime shield with an anchor upon which perch two lovebirds.  This appears to be a stock pattern that was available to China Traders in the early 19th century as we also have a part teaset, Item #7344, that has the same design, but personalized with initials and the ship’s name. This tankard incorporates a bird crest, possibly taken from a coat-of-arms. Either way, a great piece of early maritime China Trade history, in very good condition, measuring 5″ tall, and dating to circa 1800.    $3500.

 

Pug Dog Candle Holders #7320

A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain candle holders modeled as a pair adorable recumbent pug dogs. Finely modeled faces and detailed fur help make these figures’ characters especially amusing. Measuring 9″ x 10″ and with restoration to the ears of both dogs as well as candle nozzles, otherwise the figures in good condition. 19th century.   $4200.

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Plates #7341 1 sold

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain plates, made for the American market, in particular from a special order service made for the Chew family of Philadelphia, each centered with a gilded star monogrammed with a “C”. The Chew family were active and very prominent participants in the life of Philadelphia- practicing law, presiding over courts, involved with the American Revolution and the Continental Congress, and later becoming very wealthy China traders. They built the beautiful manor house of Cliveden in Germantown, PA which still stands today.  Their rich history with Pennsylvania is discussed in Philadelphians and the China Trade 1784-1844. The plates measure 8″ in diameter, are in very good condition and date to the very early 19th century.

$1150. each

Brilliant PAIR of Silver Gilt Filigreed Tea Caddies #7346

A rather striking pair of finely wrought Chinese export silver gilt filigreed tea caddies with enamel decoration. Of lobed form covered in a fine mesh ground, with each lobe decorated with a brilliantly enameled flowering branch with perched birds amongst blossoms and berries of inset colored hardstones, the covers surmounted with a fanciful filigreed knop.  In extraordinarily fine condition with only the loss of one small hardstone ‘berry’, otherwise just beautifully done, the enamels of the finest nuance and shading. Measuring 7″ tall.  20th century.

‘Arms of New York’ Plates #7227

One of the more attractive of the several versions of this pattern, this handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain plates was definitely made for the American market, each decorated with a central image of the Arms of New York state, the outer floral border heightened with a gold wash border. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition, dating to circa 1800-1810.   $1250. eacg

 

Vividly Painted Mandarin Dish #7335c

A very finely enameled Chinese export porcelain diamond-form serving dished with a molded border, painted with a central scene depicting a pair of elegant ladies sitting upon a terrace (note the detailed ‘root’ chair) while they listen and watch as elderly lady reads and admires a calligraphic scroll being held out for her scrutiny by two attendants, a lady’s maid fans and cools her during her scholarly pursuit. All set within a very elaborate floral and foliate border.  Measuring 9″ x 10″ and in very good condition. Beautiful, bright enamels. Dating to circa 1830.  $675.00

Ladies’ Spittoon #7352

A very fine and elegant Chinese export porcelain ladies’ spittoon or ‘cuspidor’, decorated in famille rose enamels with flowers and butterflies-a truly extravagant luxury from the 18th century when imported Chinese porcelain was a huge and expensive status symbol. In very good condition and measuring 3″ tall x 4″ square. Mid-18th century.  $ 1850.