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Yongzheng Period Dutch Armorial #7649

An especially fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Dutch market, this Yongzheng period plate exemplifies the quality produced during this short period. From it’s finely detailed overglaze enamel and gilded coat-of-arms to the meticulously painted underglaze blue cavetto and border floral designs, this plate would have been part of an extensive service with each piece decorated with the same exacting quality. The family arms are those of De Jonge and the service was ordered by one Cornelis de Jonge (1687-1743) who worked his way up the Dutch East India bureaucracy to become senior merchant and first administrator of Bengal, eventually Director of Bengal for the VOC. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1735.

 

American Eagle Tea Bowl and Saucer #7470c

A good example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this tea bowl and saucer are simply decorated in the Federal taste  of our new republic – “plain and neat” –  each piece centered with a sepia eagle bearing a red striped shield beneath a star-studded halo, the design taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States.  In good condition with only some minor enamel and gilding wear, the saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″.  Circa 1800.  $650.00

Impressive CATESBY JONES Mazzarene and Platter #7633

A very beautiful and impressively-sized Chinese export porcelain mazzarene and platter, made for the American market, and bearing the initials CMJ within a central crested scrolled, each piece edged with a rich sepia and gilt grapevine border. The initials stand for Catesby and Mary Jones of Virginia who were married in 1823. Catesby (1790-1858) had a distinguished career in the early United States Navy.  He trained with Isaac Hull and Stephen Decatur in Norfolk, Virginia before going on to service in suppressing the slave trade, smuggling, and piracy.  He also commanded the Pacific Squadron in 1825, 1842 and in 1844 during the Mexican War. Discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, p. 84.   17″ x 14″.  Circa 1820-1825.

 

CHEW Family of Philadelphia Pots-de-Cremes #7443

Three charming Chinese export porcelain pots-de-cremes from a service ordered by Benjamin Chew of Philadelphia for use by his family at their country estate Cliveden which still stands today, each piece decorated with a gilded C within a starburst roundel.  Benjamin Chew (1722-1810) trained as a lawyer in London before returning to Philadelphia around 1736 where he embarked upon a long and prosperous career holding various posts before and during the American revolution including Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Discussed and illustrated in Philadelphians and the China Trade, pages 44-52.  One cup with a line from the rim, the other two cups in good condition, the covers with restorations. Late 18th century.  $425.00 each.

 

Qianlong Lotus Pad Water Dish #7620

Of unusual form, this finely modeled Chinese porcelain water dish/dropper is made in the form of a lotus pad and whimsically includes within its curled leaves a small duck and lotus blossom, the lotus pad itself brilliantly enameled and detailed – especially the modeling of the reverse side.  Part of the writing accoutrements that made up part of a scholar’s studio,  the water holder or dropper was essential to the making of ink and was sometimes made in whimsical or thought-provoking forms such as these. In this instance a duck combined with the lotus denotes a wish for happiness – perhaps the dish was a gift to a scholar upon his graduation from his exams?  Measuring 2″ x 6 1/4″ and in good condition with the exception of a small retouch to the head and beak of the duck.  Late Qianlong period, last quarter of the 18th century.

 

Chinese Export Mandarin Platter #7622

A fine Chinese export porcelain oval platter, decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels, painted with a central scene of courtly Mandarin ladies upon a garden terrace being watched with great interest by a gentleman in a pavilion window.  The scene within a gilded and orange enamel border of dragons which symbolize strength, power, and good luck for people who are worthy of it, amongst swirling clouds and flaming pearls.  Good condition, measuring 11 1/2″ x 14 1/2″. Circa 1810-1820.  $1,850.00

Impressive 20″ Kangxi Charger #7624

A great Chinese export porcelain Kangxi charger measuring an impressive 20″ in diameter, decorated in underglaze blue centered with a scene of two courtly ladies – sometimes referred to as ‘Long Elizas’ – on a garden terrace within a wide border of alternating panels featuring the same ‘Long Eliza’ imagery and vignettes of prunus and bamboo, all within a shaped edge.  With three hairlines sealed, but otherwise in good condition and making a very dramatic statement indeed.  Kangxi period, circa 1690.  $5,200.00

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.

 

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.  $2,800.00 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

 

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.

 

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 Sold

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.

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