We have never seen this form before-a rare pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of birds, modeled as finches perched upon rockwork, each supported by a small flowering branch. Nicely detailed and well-painted with Famille Rose enamels. One appears to have its rockwork base broken and re-glued along with other small losses commensurate with age. Charming and rare forms. 18th century. $5,200.00
A very refined Chinese export porcelain 15″ charger, most likely made for the French market, and displaying an imaginative combination of Chinese and European design motifs with a central scene of a Chinese lady seated upon a terrace with a child set within a distinctly European scrolling foliate surround surmounted by what appears to be a noble coronet of an armorial crest. The western scrolling foliate motifs continue in the cavetto and outer rim, alternating with images of peacocks flanking floral cartouches (of what appears to be sunflowers?) on the outside border. An elegant balance is achieved between all this decoration against the white ground of the porcelain, making this an especially pleasing piece. Small chip to the reverse, otherwise very good condition, and awaiting its next noble home. 15″ in diameter. Kangxi period, circa 1700.
What an amazing design! This Chinese export porcelain plate is dominated by its vibrant central scene of swirling dragons-rising from a roiling ocean, entwined with a mountainous landscape and flying amongst the swirling clouds overhead, and at the center of it all is the flaming Pearl of Wisdom. The dragon is a traditional symbol of the Emperor and this image clearly displays his dominance over the land, sea and sky, his power and rule guided by the Pearl of Wisdom. As exciting as this dramatic painting is, it’s symbolism was most likely lost upon the Western customer that dined off this dinner service, the charming scenes of everyday Chinese life which adorn the border of the plate were probably more to his understanding. Either way, a fantastic example of enameling and decoration which continued to fuel the West’s imagination and interest in the ‘Exotic east’ into the 19th century. Measuring 9 1/2″, very good condition and dating to circa 1820. $990.00
Rather rare and unusual, both in form and decoration, this late Ming period Chinese export porcelain Swatow basin is decorated in underglaze blue with a central scene of two cockerels amongst bamboo and prunus within a deep cavetto painted with birds perched upon flowering branches alternating with bamboo and peach, the outer flared rim with a barbed edge with floral designs in reserve against a diapered ground. Swatow wares usually display a very cursory, sometimes slap-dash, style of decoration, rendered rapidly, in washed out tones of blue, whereas here we have strong cobalt blues delineating a complex, detailed central scene and border designs, all within a great form of impressive size. A few very minor rim frits, otherwise remarkably good condition, measuring just under 15″ in diameter, and dating to the early 17th century. $1,450.00
A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain covered pots-de-creme finely hand-painted in the Orange Fitzhugh pattern and each bearing its original Elinor Gordon label. Measuring 3 1/4 ” tall and with only a small chip to one cover filled, otherwise excellent condition and a great form with a very good provenance. Circa 1800-1820. $375.00 each.
A great form with fine decoration, this Chinese export porcelain handled chowder or soup bowl is decorated with famille rose enamels with Mandarin scenes and sepia vignettes against a gilded ground. Measuring 3″ tall x 6 1/2″ and in good condition with only a restoration to one handle and some wear to the gilding. Circa 1770-1780. $440.00
Two Chinese export porcelain eagle-decorated plates, made for the American market, each bearing a variation of the design for the Great Seal of the United States. One supporting a shield from a bespoke service inscribed with the monogram JH, the other with a shield decorated with a floral bouquet. each design with a gilded swag border, so typical of the Federal period. The monogrammed plate in good condition, the other with some crazing. Both 7 1/2″ in diameter. Circa 1800. Priced individually.
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain early Yongzheng period chargers, decorated in a brilliant underglaze cobalt blue, each with a central scene of courtly ladies in a garden outside a scholar’s pavilion while he is seated within playing a guzheng amongst his scholarly objects and incense burner, his attendant waiting by his desk. All within a diapered cavetto with reserves of scholarly and antique objects, the rim painted with depictions of the “Three Friends of Winter”-pine, bamboo and prunus-symbols of resilience and endurance. Measuring 13 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition, with the exception of very minor rims frits. Circa 1720-1725.
A fine grouping of 19th century Chinese export porcelain made for the American market. Decorated in the Rose Medallion pattern, these pieces are from a dinner service ordered by Samuel P. Carter of Tennessee (1819-1891) who was posed to China in the 1850s. Carter enlisted after graduating from Princeton. He was made a Lieutenant in 1855 and in 1856 assisted in the capture of the barrier posts at Canton. He became a hero in the Civil War having been made a Brigadier General and leader of the Tennessee Volunteers in 1862. He left the army in 1866 as a Major General, and then joined the Navy achieving the rank of Rear Admiral in 1882…one of the only Americans to achieve this dual distinction.