A very charming Chinese export porcelain miniature ewer, decorated in under glaze blue with a lobed body meaning to resemble lotus petals, each panel painted with a ‘Long Eliza’ holding a blossom, alternating with panels of blossoming peonies, the spout, rim, and cover with later decorative silver mounts. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall, with a line to the body sealed and a small chip to the foot rim, otherwise good condition. Circa 1690.
A rare and unusual set of six Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates, decorated in the famille rose palette with vibrantly enameled courtly scenes, each plate depicting a different vignette as Mandarins in finely detailed robes move through scenes without any borders, the images rendered as paintings on porcelain without the usual confines of an encircling frame. What is as remarkable as the quality of the painting and unusual presentation is the fantastic condition of the pieces-six plates in very good condition with only a 1/2″ rim line on the reverse of one. Circa 1820.
A very refined Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period molded lotus-form bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with a rim painted with images of ‘The Eight Immortals’, above a lower register of lotus petals, each rendered with alternating floral motifs, the interior rim with a stylized floral diapered border, the bottom with a central image of an Immortal seated upon a cloud. Other than a few very minor rim frits to the barbed rim, the piece is in excellent condition. Measuring 6″ in diameter and dating to circa 1690.
A very lovely Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate decorated in famille verte enamels with an elegantly balanced central design of lotus (the symbol of purity) issuing from the water, the rim with peonies and bamboo leaves on a stippled green ground alternating with floral sprig reserves. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720.
A wonderfully sculpted pair of Chinese export malachite figures of phoenixes, beautifully detailed and set upon a pair of purpose built finely carved openwork wood stands. The phoenix traditionally the symbol of the empress in China, it also is a symbol of union as it’s name incorporates the meaning for male and female. It is fitting, then that these figures are carved of malachite as it stands for balance in a relationship. The stone is very hard and difficult to work and so to achieve this level of detail demonstrates quite a level of mastery from the artist. Measuring 10″ tall on their carved stands, they are in good condition with the exception of two small chips to the feather. 19th century.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug made for the American market with an early naval and maritime connection. One of two cider jugs (see Item #7063) made for Henry Eckford (1775-1832) a Scottish immigrant who became one of America’s finest shipbuilders and designers. Eckford trained with his uncle in Quebec before re-locating to New York in 1796 where he rapidly gained a reputation as a brilliant shipwright and organizer whose quality ships helped New York gain an ascendancy over Philadelphia as America’s leading port. He built ships for John Jacob Astor’s burgeoning trading empire and, during the War of 1812, he won a contract from the U.S. government to build ships on the Great Lakes. He prospered greatly and had a grand house in New York and when financial reversals struck, he rebuilt his fortunes by constructing a 26-gun corvette, sailing it to Constantinople, and selling it to Sultan Mahmud II for $150,000.00. He was a great favorite of the Sultan’s and gained further commissions from him before succumbing to cholera in 1832, his body returning to New York aboard the ship Henry Eckford.
This finely painted jug displays a roundel with the gilded monogram of Henry Eckford, alternating with famille rose bouquets, the rim and cover with elaborately gilded borders on an orange ground. Measuring 10″ tall . Restoration to rim of spout, small line to the handle and line to base , and re-touch to the gilding. Circa 1805.
A great example of Chinese export eagle decorated ware for the American market, this vibrant Orange Fitzhugh-patterned 7 3/4″ plate is centered with a fine rendition of the American eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a striped shield, clutching the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war, the “E PLURIBUS UNUM” banner in his beak. Very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.
Some extraordinary quality is exhibited here in this fine example of a Chinese export porcelain 10″ dinner plate, decorated in famille rose enamels in the Palaceware pattern with a central scene depicting an image from The Tale of the Calligrapher and the Goose all within a richly gilded latticework border with sepia landscape reserves. Superb quality from the end of the 18th century, circa 1795.
A very finely painted pair of Chinese export porcelain plates decorated in famille rose enamels with “The Doctor’s Visit” design after original images commissioned by the Dutch East India Company from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk. The unusual outer border comprised of fish within shaped and scaled lozenges which alternate with vignettes of water fowl. The fish theme continues within the central scene as two of the seated characters are actually each holding a fish. What this has to do with a “doctor’s visit” we cannot profess to say as this design has simply always been called that and the origins are now lost. What is remarkable though, besides the fine painting and wonderfully refined color palette, is that a Dutch artist was commissioned to create patterns for Chinese porcelain, featuring Chinese images, that were sold back to the Dutch market! An exemplary pair with only the most minor issues; one plate with a chip filled, the other with a hairline sealed, otherwise beautiful! Measuring 10″ in diameter. Circa 1745. Priced individually.