Qianlong Mark & Period Jade Boxes #7286c

A couple of beautiful little pieces of workmanship, this pair of diminutive round covered jade boxes are finely crafted  and bear the Qianlong mark incised on the reverse of each. The painstakingly hand-polished surfaces are indicative of Imperial shop workmanship, the aesthetic and design spare in order to showcase the time and talent it took to create these near -perfect little objects. There is no extraneous details or flourishes to distract the eye from the simple beauty of the form and material. Measuring 2″ x 1″ and bearing the Qianlong mark (1736-1796) and in very good condition. Ex-collection of the  James Graham Gallery, N. Y. (1915-1991).

 

Exceptional and Rare Reticulated Kangxi Period Teapot #7252

A very fine and rare form, this charming Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period teapot is a real tour-de-force of the potter’s art.  With its double wall construction with the outer wall with meticulously hand-cut reticulation in a honeycomb pattern, and then beautifully hand-painted (even behind the reticulation!) in underglaze blue, this piece defied the odds of getting through the firing process, and surviving several centuries,  still amazing and delighting us to this day. Measuring 6″ x 6″, it is in a classic wine pot form, with only restoration to the spout and loss to the enamel on the handle restored; unbelievably, the reticulation appears in good order. The gilded silver mount a later addition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.

 

Superb Tobacco Leaf Tankard #7288

A really fine Chinese export porcelain tankard, decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the classic and ever-popular Tobacco Leaf pattern with its exuberant blossoms and abundant foliage. Heavily potted, with a scalloped rim, and crabstock handle, the tankard measures 5 1/2″ tall and is in very good condition with only a rim chip restored. Circa 1760-1770.

Very Fine Yongzheng Famille RoseTea Bowl and Saucer #7281

A charming and finely made Chinese export Yongzheng tea bowl and saucer, decorated with two horses trotting through a landscape with mountains in the distance and the much revered peony blossoming in the foreground. Thinly potted and vibrantly enameled with the personality of each horse just beaming. The tea bowl 2 1/2″ in diameter, the saucer 4″, both in fine condition. Circa 1735.

Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Charger #7277

An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period charger decorated in Famille Verte enamels, centered with an elegantly rendered deer within a landscape, beneath a pine, abundant with ruyi, a crane flying overhead and with the outer border also painted with flying cranes as well. The crane, deer and ruyi all being auspicious symbols impart a hidden message of longevity and endurance that would have been apparent to the Chinese painter of this piece, but surely would have been lost on the European collector to whom it was exported. Either way, a very fine piece, the vibrantly enameled figures standing out against the white porcelain ground. Measuring 15″ in diameter and with only a small chip and line to the reverse sealed, otherwise, very good condition. Circa 1700-1720.

Exquisite Pair of Famille Rose Botanical Plates #7267

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose plates, each decorated with finely rendered branches of roses in full bloom encircled within fanciful rococo rim borders and cavettos edged with a gilded spearhead design.The central design almost certainly taken from European botanical engravings of the period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition with only one chip to the reverse of each. Early Qianlong period, circa 1750-1760.

Rare Kangxi Period Armorial: The ‘Arms of Meade’ #7261 sold

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial plates made for the English market beautifully decorated with the Arms of Meade within a central roundel, surrounded by an intricately diapered cavetto border, the rim with scattered images of exotic fruits and flowers and surmounted by a gilded family crest. An old label on the reverse indicates a provenance from Century House in London, preeminent antiques dealers in the first third of the 20th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 198, where they date the service to the very end of the Kangxi reign; circa 1722 and we are grateful to Angela Howard  of Heirloom & Howard for information she has provided.

Very Fine Qianlong Mark and Period Bowl #7269 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Qianlong mark and period flared rim bowl with a deep cobalt monochrome exterior, the interior very well painted with stylized lotus and scrolling foliate ‘pencil’ decoration. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition with a clear, fine mark to the base. 1736-1795.

Extremely Fine Pair of Yongzheng Period ‘Arms of Frederick’ Plates #7263A

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain early Yongzheng period armorial plates made for the English market, richly decorated and detailed with an elaborate central coat-of arms for the Frederick family, Baronets of Westminster, an early promoter of the South Sea Company. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a small chip to the reverse of one. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 202, and we are grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom & Howard for information she has provided. Circa 1724.