A charming Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period teapot, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with finely hand-painted peony and foliate roundels in reserve against a densely painted flowering and scrolling foliate ground. A very elegant color palette, typical of the refinement one finds in Yongzheng pieces of the period. Measuring 4 3/4″ tall and with a minor restoration to the cover, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1735. $2800.
A really fine Chinese export porcelain teaset, made for the American market, each piece hand-painted with a sepia and gilt eagle, based upon an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a shield with a gilded floral bouquet, a star-studded and radiating halo behind his head, and encircled with a ring of stars. Each piece edged with a gilt swag border. Comprising a lighthouse-form coffee pot; a drum teapot; a covered sugar bowl; a helmet creamer, and covered tea caddy; along with a pair of breakfast-sized teabowls and saucers as well as a pair of handled coffee cups and saucers. Some slight wear to the gilding and a minute line at the base of the coffee pot’s spout, otherwise in great condition and a fantastic example of a Federal period teaset displaying the owner’s pride in our new Republic. Circa 1800.
An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period armorial plate centered with the Arms of Sichterman, featuring a squirrel in profile on a gilded shield surmounted by a crown crest, the rim delicately decorated with flowering branches and Chinese pavilions and centered at the top with a squirrel crest. This is one of eight services with some variation of these arms. This one in particular was ordered by Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1742) who served the Dutch East India Company in both Bengal and Batavia, making a vast fortune and achieving much success. Fully illustrated and discussed in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 128-129. Very good condition, circa 1730.
A particularly fine example of a rather rare pattern, this fine Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ plate is hand-painted in the very desirable Raspberry Fitzhugh design, centered with a gilded landscape roundel and cavetto vine border. Fitzhugh was produced in only seven colors and this is one of the rarer renderings of this design. Very good condition. Circa 1800.
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain early Yongzheng period chargers, decorated in a brilliant underglaze cobalt blue, each with a central scene of courtly ladies in a garden outside a scholar’s pavilion while he is seated within playing a guzheng amongst his scholarly objects and incense burner, his attendant waiting by his desk. All within a diapered cavetto with reserves of scholarly and antique objects, the rim painted with depictions of the “Three Friends of Winter”-pine, bamboo and prunus-symbols of resilience and endurance. Measuring 13 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition, with the exception of very minor rims frits. Circa 1720-1725.
An extraordinarily rare and beautiful pair of diminutive Chinese Mandarin duck-form covered boxes, each finely modeled with their heads raised and their bodies overlaid with meticulously carved and detailed mother-of-pearl feathers, both with great charm and personality. A small piece of each back lifts to form the cover of each box and reveals a mother-of-pearl Qianlong mark, again, painstakingly carved out of mother-of-pearl, and each duck nestled, perfectly fitting, into their own custom stand. The Mandarin duck is a popular theme in Chinese art as they mate for life and symbolize marital bliss and harmony. Obviously displaying in all aspects a level of quality denoting an Imperial workshop. Measuring 2 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide. Early 19th century. A similar pair with less presence and detail sold in Christies London, November 8, 2011, Lot 0218 for 23,750 pounds.
A rather “bells and whistles” Chinese export porcelain armorial charger made for the Belgian market bearing a flamboyant central family arms supported by two rampant lions, specially-ordered for Jacobus-Gerardus de Knyff who was created a Knight of the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 by Charles VI, Emperor of Austria. Decorated in famille rose enamels with rich additions of gilt and silver overlay. This was a lavishly expensive service in its day, meant to impress…as it still does today with its beauty and quality. Measuring 13″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.
Just a little gem, this fine 6 1/4″ bowl was just meant to be held and appreciated for its rich glaze and beautifully painted panels of floral decoration rendered in vibrant underglaze cobalt blue. Of molded form with each panel representing alternating images of lotus and peony. The reverse with a nice six-character mark within a double-ring circle. Small chip to the foot-rim a very few, very minute, rim frits, otherwise in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.
Two very rare Chinese export reverse glass paintings, mounted in their original frames, depicting two of the twelve months of the year-one representing the month of January, with a winter scene of a skating party, the second image depicting the month of February with farmers preparing their fields for planting. Rather accurately painted from a set of twelve stipple engravings by Batolozzi, after the original paintings done by William Hamilton, R.A. in the 1790s. One with a small arched crack, professionally restored, in the lower left corner which does not go into the image, otherwise, remarkable condition, considering their age and the medium, and with their original frames! Framed size 17″ x 15″. Circa 1800. Sold separately.