Exceptional PAIR of Yongzheng 13 1/2″ Chargers #7302A,B

A striking pair of superb quality Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain 13  1/2″ chargers, decorated in a vibrant underglaze cobalt blue, each with a central scene of courtly ladies strolling in a garden outside of a scholar’s studio, most likely drawn there by his playing a stringed instrument, the guzheng, while his attendant sits on the floor by the desk, enjoying an errand free moment, and his master’s music. The entire scene finely painted, with much detail, within a diapered cavetto with reserves of antique and precious objects, the outer border edged with the “Three Friends of Winter” -bamboo, prunus and pine, symbols of strength and endurance. Very good condition. Yongzheng period, circa 1720-1725.

 

Fine 15″ Chinese Imari Charger #7305

A very handsome Chinese export porcelain Imari charger with a finely painted central design of a richly bountiful branch of pomegranates, the image accentuated by the use of the porcelain ‘white space’ within which it floats, all surrounded by finely rendered diapered cavetto and rim border with scrolling foliate and latticed reserves. Minor rim frits, but otherwise beautifully painted and in good condition, with the added bonus of a custom made hanger on the reverse making it ready for wall display. Circa 1720.

Fine American Market Handled Cup and Saucer with Eagle Decoration #7316 sold

A fine form, this lovely Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer was made for the American market, well-rendered with a variation of the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States supporting a shield with a bouquet of flowers within a roundel of gilded stars, a star-studded halo behind his head; a gilded swag border completes this Federal period design. The cup measuring approximately 3″ tall, the saucer 51/2″ in diameter. Some wear to the gilding. Circa 1800. $575.00

Exquisite PAIR of Kangxi Rosewater Sprinklers #7297

A pair of very elegant Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain rosewater sprinklers, the beautifully-glazed attenuated forms decorated in underglaze blue with a scrolling stylized lotus design, and capped with finely reticulated and etched silver caps, most likely Dutch, and assumed to be of a later date. These silver mounts were often used to not only accentuate the porcelain, but sometimes to help cover up breaks and flaws, but evidently not in this case, as the mounts are removable and there is no evidence of any damage or restoration. Measuring 8″ tall and in remarkable condition and of superb quality. Circa 1690.

 

American Market Eagle Decorated Breakfast Teabowl and Saucer #7315 $625.00 Sold

A fine Chinese export porcelain breakfast-sized teabowl and saucer made for the American market, bearing a finely rendered sepia and gilded-detail eagle, taken from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a shield with a floral bouquet with a star-studded halo behind his head, encircled with a ring of stars, the rim edged with a gilded swag border. The teabowls measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the saucers 6″. In good condition, with only minor wear to the gilding. Circa 1800.

 

 

 

Rare Form Orange Fitzhugh Warming Dish #7300

Always a pleasing and popular pattern, this Chinese export porcelain Orange Fitzhugh covered warming dish is an especially interesting form as it has an interior serving dish divided into two compartments. Nicely painted, and from a bespoke service with monogram roundels inscribed with the initial B, this rare form is in good condition other than a small bit of enamel wear and some glaze losses to the interior dish divider. Measuring 10 1/2 in diameter x 5″ tall. Circa 1820.

Great American Market Eagle Decorated Teaset #7314 SOLD

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.

Exquisite Yongzheng Dutch Armorial #7245

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.

 

 

Very Fine Raspberry Fitzhugh 7 1/2″ Plate #7306

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.

EXTREMELY RARE PAIR of Mother of Pearl Mandarin Duck-Form Boxes #7301

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.