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
A very fine Chinese export porcelain quatrefoil-form serving dish, made for the English market, bearing the Arms of Oliphant impaling Browne. Measuring 9″ x 13″ and in very good condition, one of three services made with these arms, and dating to circa 1800, though the dealer label from Matthew and Elisabeth Sharpe have it dated a bit earlier. Discussed and illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 725. $1250.
A very fine and rather rare form, this Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain punch pot is exquisitely decorated in vibrant Famille Verte enamels with a profusion of flowers amongst rockwork, cockerels, insects and butterflies. This is a large size form for this early a period, as well as having a rather unusual mark in underglaze blue on the bottom of the piece resembling a ‘G’, possibly the mark of a private trader? Measuring 7 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ and with the exception of a line to the body of the piece, it is in fine condition with superb decoration. Circa 1700-1720. $6,350.00
A very unusual form, this finely hand-cut reticulated jug is fashioned with a double-walled construction, the outside covered with precisely cut openwork within bands of underglaze decoration, raised upon an openwork foot, and possessing a charming handle modeled as one of the most impish little dragons we’ve ever seen. This classic form is based upon Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cups. The reticulation remarkably intact, one small line sealed, otherwise very good condition, and measuring 4″ tall. Mid-18th century. $2,050.00
A beautifully hand-painted Chinese export porcelain saucer dish decorated in famille rose enamels with a charming domestic scene of a pair of parents with their children upon a terrace with a river beyond with a walled town in the distance, the entire scene within a finely painted border with monochrome landscapes in cartouches reserved against a diapered ground. With only a very small line to the rim sealed, otherwise very good condition. Measuring 8″ in diameter and dating to circa 1770-1780. $290.00
An especially fine Chinese export porcelain 9 1/2″ censer, decorated in a deep underglaze blue with a continuous classic Chinese landscape scene running about its exterior all rendered with a great facility of brushwork. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall by 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition; this exemplary piece dating to the Kangxi period, late 17th century and, once in the Frankel 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