Grand Yongzheng Period Armorial Charger #7266

A rather “bells and whistles” Chinese export porcelain armorial charger made for the Belgian market bearing a flamboyant central family arms supported by two rampant lions, specially-ordered for Jacobus-Gerardus de Knyff who was created a Knight of the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 by Charles VI, Emperor of Austria. Decorated in famille rose enamels with rich additions of gilt and silver overlay. This was a lavishly expensive service in its day, meant to impress…as it still does today with its beauty and quality. Measuring 13″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.

Very Fine Kangxi Period Bowl #7298

Just a little gem, this fine 6 1/4″ bowl was just meant to be held and appreciated for its rich glaze and beautifully painted panels of floral decoration rendered in vibrant underglaze cobalt blue. Of molded  form with each panel representing alternating images of lotus and peony. The reverse with a nice six-character mark within a double-ring circle. Small chip to the foot-rim a very few, very minute, rim frits, otherwise in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.

 

 

Two Rare Chinese Export Reverse Glass Paintings “January” & “February” #7285c

Two very rare Chinese export reverse glass paintings, mounted in their original frames, depicting two of the twelve months of the year-one representing the month of January, with a winter scene of a skating party, the second image depicting the month of February with farmers preparing their fields for planting. Rather accurately painted from a set of twelve stipple engravings by Batolozzi, after the original paintings done by William Hamilton, R.A. in the 1790s. One with a small arched crack, professionally restored, in the lower left corner which does not go into the image, otherwise, remarkable condition, considering their age and the medium, and with their original frames! Framed size 17″ x 15″. Circa 1800. Sold separately.

 

 

 

Rare Form, Large 6″ Famille Rose Beaker #7292

A rather rare form, in a rather generous large size, this 6″ tall Chinese export porcelain beaker is finely decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a beautiful flowering branch of peony motif and with a diapered border and flower sprigs on the interior. Lines sealed, but otherwise good condition and a great unusual form for a very thirsty collector! Circa 1745.

Fine Kangxi Famille Verte 12″ Punch Bowl and Stand#7293

This elegant Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain punch bowl is decorated in Famille Verte enamels with alternating panels of flowering branches of peony and prunus, the panels resembling lotus petals, the interior similarly decorated within a diapered border with floral reserves, and beautifully presented on its own finely carved hardwood stand . Measuring 12″ in diameter and with two lines sealed, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1700-1720.

 

 

Large and Impressive Pair of Jardinieres and Undertrays #7291

A very impressive and very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain square-shaped jardinieres, decorated in Famille Rose enamels, each side hand-painted with a very refined scene of courtly figures-most likely images from a famous legend or opera-and each vignette within a reserve, one shaped like a peach, one a pomegranate, the other two within roundels. The rest of the jardinieres, and their matching footed undertrays, lightly decorated with floating blossoms and flowering sprigs. Each measuring 10″ square including the undertray, and in very good condition with only a short line to the rim of one of the undertrays sealed, otherwise two very useful and very beautiful jardinieres with their original stands which can be used separately-the stands making fine bulb trays. Late 19th century.

 

 

 

Superb Yongzheng Period Famille Rose Soup Plate #7282

An exquisite example of Yongzheng period porcelain, this fine Chinese export soup plate is decorated in famille rose enamels with an elegant scene of courtly ladies on a garden terrace within a richly gilded scrolling foliate border, the outer rim edged with a soft turquoise diapered border with small reserves containing further foliate decoration which is both gilded and silvered. The balanced composition and the soft pastel palette typify the refinement achieved during this period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and dating to circa 1730. Outstanding quality and condition.

Fine Diminutive Scholars Screens

A charming pair of Chinese export diminutive scholars’ screens, each with an elaborately carved frame and stand, inset with a “dreamstone” a thinly cut cross-section of veined stone, often resembling impressionistic landscapes, intended to be placed upon a scholar’s desk for contemplation and meditation. Measuring 10″ x 6″; one with a small line to one of the stones, and both with some very minor lines to the stands. Early 20th century.

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.