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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.