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Pair of Blue & White Garniture Vases Sold

A handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain baluster form garniture vases with panels of blue and gilt decoration featuring classical urns, flowers, and butterflies against a finely molded basket weave ground with foo lion covers. Exemplifying the neoclassical influence that was so popular in the late 18th and early 19th century, the spare, elegant decoration popular during the early years of our new republic. Measuring 11 1/2″ tall with a small firing line to the body of one, and minor restoration to covers, otherwise very good condition. Circa 1790s/1800.

 

Rare Mt. Vernon Decoration Plate & Saucer SOLD

Two fine renditions of Chinese export porcelain certainly made for the American market, this saucer and side plate both bear central oval vignettes with images of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, both somewhat naively rendered in sepia after an 1803 print by Samuel Seymour, taken from a painting by William Birch. These are representative of a cult of mourning that took hold of Americans after George Washington’s death in 1799 as people wanted something to commemorate our Founding Father such as ordering Chinese export tea and dinner services decorated with the patriot general’s beloved home – such as the examples represented here. The 6″ diameter saucer centered with a crisply rendered Mt. Vernon within a finely gilded diapered border with butterflies and flowers in restored condition; and the 6″ side plate, also with a meticulously rendered Mt. Vernon with a peach/orange border with iron red sprigged vine border, in very good condition. Discussed in Mudge’s Chinese Export Porcelain, page 100.  Both circa 1805-1820.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “Sailor’s Farewell” American Ship Teapot #7809 Sold

A very finely rendered Chinese export porcelain teapot depicting a classic 18th century scene of “The Sailor’s Farewell”.  Meticulously hand-painted en camaieu in shades of a rich raspberry enamel with a finely detailed and touching scene of a young lady clutching a departing sailor as he gestures to a ship in the harbor and his imminent departure onboard a three-masted ship in the harbor flying an American flag. The scene most likely after an English or European print of the period judging from the architecture in the background and around the lid, but the ship’s flag must have been changed to resemble an American flag in order for it to appeal to the American market. Measuring 5 3/4″ tall by 8″ wide.  A touching, charming scene with the bonus image of a rendering of an early American ship. Great early ‘make-do’ repair to the handle. Last quarter of the 18th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Ship Mug #7808 SOLD

A wonderful example of Chinese export made for the American market, this 4 1/2″ tall strap-handled mug or tankard is very well painted with a nicely detailed three-masted ship bearing two American flags.  A great record of the pride taken in our young nation’s commercial maritime ventures.  In very good condition with only a very small line at the top of one of the straps on the handle. Circa 1800.

 

 

 

 

American Market ‘Cow Pox’ Tea Bowl & Saucer #7871 SOLD

A fascinating bit of early America’s medical history as commemorated with a Chinese export tea bowl and saucer, from a special order service made for Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1856) a professor at Harvard University and an early advocate of the cowpox vaccine as a preventative measure against smallpox.  He had his own children vaccinated and to celebrate his success with the vaccine he ordered a tea set from Canton to further promote the procedure, here depicting an image of a cow from which the vaccine was developed. Discussed in Schiffer’s China for America, page 174. The tea bowl, in good condition and measuring 3 1/2″ in diameter, the 5 1/2″ saucer, restored.  Early 1800s.

 

Dragon-Bordered Mandarin Plate #7874 Sold

A richly enameled Chinese export porcelain plate with a central courtly scene of a noble lady seated at a table on a garden terrace with what appears to be a scholar and/or her calligraphy master as she is approached by a supplicant and his attendant. The scene surrounded by a border of colorful swirling dragons pursuing the flaming pearl amongst the clouds. Measuring 8″ in diameter and in good condition with only very slight stacking wear.  Circa 1820.

 

 

Rare Form Asparagus Holders #7885cd sold

A rather rare and unusual form, something we have not seen in our many years of business: what we think is a pair of Chinese export porcelain Nanking patterned knife rests modeled with shaped sides and hand-painted in underglaze blue with Chinese riverscape scenes.  Used to hold your dinner knife while you were eating to protect the tablecloth from being soiled, these are rather well made and decorated and would have indicated a host’s refinement and sophistication to his dinner guests. Another suggestion has been made that these are brush rests for use in a scholar’s studio?  Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome!  Either way, a rare and unusual form, measuring 1 1/4″ tall x 8″ long x 1 5/8″ wide.  Early 19th century.

 

 

 

Superb Condition Lacquer Sewing Box #7886cd Sold

An extraordinary survivor, this beautiful Chinese export lacquer sewing box of shaped form is decorated with scenes of Mandarins at their leisure in garden settings, the case resting upon carved and gilded dragon’s head feet and the top opening to reveal a fitted tray with all the original finely detailed carved bone sewing articles.  This would have been a rather luxurious genteel lady’s ‘work box’ in it’s time, and it is obvious that it’s owner treasured it considering its remarkably good condition.  Measuring 4 1/2 x 12″ x 8 1/4″ and dating to Mid-19th century.

 

 

 

 

 

#7887cd Rare Form & Rare American Service: CABOT-PERKINS Family Sold

A very rare form from a rather rare American Market dinner service, this beautiful Chinese export porcelain reticulated fruit basket is centrally-decorated with an image of the Chinese Pagoda at Whampoa surrounded by floral motifs borrowed from the classic Fitzhugh pattern. It is from a service ordered to celebrate the wedding of Samuel Cabot, Jr. of Boston (1784-1863) to Eliza Perkins of Philadelphia in 1812. The image of the Pagoda an appropriate design alluding to Cabot’s China Trade connections as he entered the business 1817 and retired in 1838 one of the wealthiest merchants in New England. The basket design most likely after English forms of the period and a remarkable survivor; measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter x 3 1/8″ tall and in good condition with no substantial damage, the only minor losses and minor restoration appearing to be around the rim of the piece.  The service mentioned and a piece illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 192 (although they seem to incorrectly name Miss Perkins’ groom as Dr. Samuel Cabot who was born in 1815!) . The reverse with an Elinor Gordon collection sticker as well as a Met Museum reference label.

 

 

 

 

Yonzheng PAIR of Armorial Jugs #7843 Sold

An outstanding pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period armorial covered jugs, decorated in Famille Rose enamels each bearing a large roundel emblazoned with the finely detailed Arms of Woodward,  along with elegant sprays of flowers and gilded flowerhead borders, the motifs continuing around the cover along with each cover bearing the family crest.  Measuring 7 3/8″ tall, one with restoration to very minor frits to the cover and minor glaze losses to the handle, otherwise both in extraordinarily fine original condition and each with it’s own hand-carved wooden stand.  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 212 and with a Chait Galleries provenance. Circa 1726.

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Reticulated Famille Rose Plate #7235 Sold

An unusual form, this Chinese export porcelain plate has a wonderful border of openwork interlocking rings, decorated with a mottled effect most likely intended to resemble tortoiseshell. This fine piece is then centered with a beautifully enameled famille rose image of lush flowering peonies and chrysanthemums with a very exotic butterfly. Measuring 8 3/8″ in diameter and in very good condition. An example of similar form in the collections of the Rijksmuseum in the Imari palette which they attribute to the first quarter of the 18th century, this famille rose example circa 1740-1745. (condition – no restoration … the staining on the reverse is original to the piece and likely occurred in the firing process)

 

Charming Pair of Cat Figures #7842 Sold

A charming matched of pair of Chinese export porcelain cat figures with freely painted black spots, intense green eyes and inquisitive smiles.  Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide and in very good condition. Dating to the late 19th/early 20th century – a happy presence for any collection!

 

 

 

 

 

Mandarin Armorial “Arms of Waterhouse” Plate SOLD

A very finely enameled Chinese export porcelain 8″ plate made for the English market, centered with a courtly scene of Mandarin figures on a terrace, all within amazingly detailed border rich in color and detail with riverscapes and village views amongst the mountains.  Bearing the crest of the Waterhouse family of Yorkshire.  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, vol. I, page 787.  Circa 1805.

 

 

 

 

RARE Size 9 3/4″ Mandarin Punch Bowl SOLD

A rather rare Chinese export porcelain Mandarin punch in an unusual 9 3/4″ size, brilliantly hand painted in Famille Rose enamels with very detailed scenes of courtly life with images of the great and the good taking their leisure in lush gardens and rich interiors and borders of smaller figural vignettes and floral bands on gilded ground.  One more often sees this kind of painting reserved for grand pieces – 18″-20″ punch bowls, but here the same attention is spent upon this jewel of a piece.  In superb condition. Dating to circa 1800-1810.  The only one we’ve had in over thirty-years.

 

English Market Armorial Mug #7816 Sold

A charming Chinese export porcelain 4″ mug brightly decorated in Famille Rose enamels with either the Arms of Wickstead or Hodge  and baskets of flowers on either side.  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 296; this mug is the same one featured by David Howard and is from the great armorial Weld Collection.  With two lines sealed and rim chip filled. Circa 1760.

 

 

 

 

 

Pair of Kangxi 10 1/2″ Dishes #7824 Sold

A very handsome pair of Chinese export molded 10 1/2″ dishes, painted in underglaze blue with a large styled lotus design with a central roundel with a courtly figural scene of a gentleman helping a lady over a small footbridge beneath a willow tree, surrounded by lotus petal form panels each filled with a profusion of flowering peony branches. Both 10 1/2″ dishes in very good condition, one with only very minor rim roughness filled.  Dating to circa 1690.  Always great to have a pair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Cockerel Tea Pot #7817 Sold

A charming Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain tea pot hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with classic images of roosters amongst rockwork and peonies, the tea pot itself modeled as a lotus with a ribbed ‘petal’ lower body supported upon a base of delicate stems, buds, and leaves, the ribbed petal motif continued on the cover as well.  Measuring 4 1/2″ tall x 6 ” wide.  Some restoration to part of the base and edge of the cover, otherwise, in good condition, a fine early piece, circa 1735.

 

 

 

Fine Pair Coffee Cans and Saucers #7822D Sold

A very attractive pair of Chinese export porcelain cans and saucers, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with rich, gilded ground borders of fruits and flowers and butterflies all surrounding central scenes detailing courtly Mandarin life, the cans similarly painted. Part once of what must have been a very elaborate tea and coffee service.  The cans measuring 2 3/8″ tall, the saucers 5 1/2″ in diameter.  Dating to circa 1810.

 

 

 

 

Impressive Lotus Form Punch Pot #7819 Sold

A striking piece, this fine Chinese export porcelain punch pot is in the form of a closed lotus, the symbol of purity, with elegantly swagged tendrils with leaves and blossoms draped around the body of the piece, a lotus seed pod forming the knop on the cover. Combining great size, form, and color in bright green and Famille Rose enamels with a touch of gilded highlights, this piece must have made as dramatic and exotic impact in the 18th century as it still does today. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall by 8 1/2″ wide and in remarkably good condition with only two small flakes to the enamel at the base, and a faint hairline around the base of the handle where it joins the body.  Circa 1750-1760.

 

 

 

 

Pair of Kangxi Elephant Handled Vases #7800 SOLD

A very beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain vases, the bodies molded into lotus leaf-shaped panels and hand painted with branches of flowering peonies and the elongated necks each mounted with elephant head bisque handles with hanging rings and the bottoms with classic artemesia leaf marks. Measuring 11″ tall and in very good condition with only a short line to the body of one vase sealed.  Dating to circa 1690 – a remarkable form and rare survivor.

 

 

 

Raspberry Fitzhugh Plate #7811 Sold

A strikingly beautiful Chinese export porcelain Raspberry FitzHugh plate, the classic pattern here hand-painted in a deep raspberry enamel with gilded highlights including a scrolling leaf cavetto border and a very finely rendered central roundel featuring a landscape with a horse drawn cart and driver.  Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter and in remarkably fine condition. One of the rarest and most sought-after of the FitzHugh patterns. Early 19th century.

 

 

 

 

RARE PORTUGUESE MARKET SHIP PLATE #7803 Sold

A rare example of Chinese export porcelain specifically made for the Portuguese market, this 10″plate plate is well-painted with a central detailed image of a Portuguese merchant ship named the BRILLIANTE, within cavetto and rim borders of a double keyfret design in a bright blue enamel. The ship flies a flag inscribed MAS for its owner Miguel Alva Sousa of Macau and the service was most likely used onboard the ship. Discussed and illustrated in Howard & Ayers’ book China for the West, Vol. I, page 228.  With only two very minor short lines to the reverse sealed and minor enamel abrasion, otherwise very good condition.  Circa 1825.

A similar plate from this service sold at Christies on January 20, 2021, Lot 13 for $30,000.00, ours more moderately priced at $5,000.00

 

 

 

 

SARGENT Armorial Saucer #7807 Sold

A very fine example of Chinese export armorial porcelain made for the American market, this charming 5 1/2″ saucer bears the shield-shaped Arms of Sargent, and was most likely part of a tea service made for Ignatius Sargent  (1765-1821) of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  There is a bookplate engraved with these family arms and that is the most likely source for the design. Two faint short lines to the reverse of the rim and re-touch to the lettering in the motto, but otherwise a fine condition.  Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, p. 50, and examples can be found in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. State Dept.  The last of several pieces of this rare service in our collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Black FitzHugh 6″ Plate  Sold

One of the rarer colors in the FitzHugh palette, this very finely hand-painted 6″ plate is rendered all in black and is almost certainly from a special order service as it bears a central monogram, inscribed ASC.  The grisaille draftsmanship of the peony and ‘antique objects’ design virtually resembles a pen and ink drawing. With only a short line to the reverse rim sealed, this charming piece is in otherwise great condition – a great addition to any FitzHugh collection.  Early 19th century.

 

 

Rare and Unusual GOLD FitzHugh Plate #7812 Sold

One of several rare colored FitzHugh patterned plates that we have acquired from a private collection, the famous pattern is here rendered in gold enamel producing a very rich and elegant effect with this finely detailed design. This must have obviously been an expensive service to produce and most likely a one-off special order as we have handled very few examples of this colorway over the years. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and with only two short 1/4″ lines to the reverse rim sealed. First half of the 19th century.

 

 

 

Beautiful Sepia and Green Fitzhugh Plate #7808 Sold

An especially attractive and unusual Chinese export porcelain FitzHugh patterned plate hand-painted in two colors of enamel – sepia and green.  The popular FitzHugh pattern was produced over the years in a variety of colors and in usually just a single color.  This plate is part a small group where they experimented with using two colors and, as is apparent, to a really striking effect. Not very common and highly collectible, the intricate hand-rendered pattern is only accented more by the colors used here.  Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition.  First quarter of the 19th century.

 

 

 

RARE Yellow FitzHugh Soup Plate #7810

A Chinese export porcelain soup plate hand-painted in the classic FitzHugh pattern in a rare yellow enamel.  This popular pattern went through a range of colors from the late 18th century into the 19th century and among the various versions yellow is among the rarest, most likely because it is one of the most difficult (and therefore expensive) colors to fire successfully in the kiln.  It has also special meaning to the Chinese who associate it with the emperor. That all said, it is just a vibrantly attractive object!  This example measures 9″ in diameter and has an L-shaped line that runs across the rim into the cavetto and across the base to the foot rim, as well as a second line to the rim and partially into the cavetto, and two very short rim lines – all professionally sealed. 1st half of the 19th century.

 

 

 

 

American Market Eagle Hot Water Dish #7793

A very handsome Chinese export porcelain American market hot water dish hand-painted in the rich Orange FitzHugh pattern and centered with a large spread eagle based upon an early version of the Great Seal of the United States bearing an E Pluribus Unum banner in its beak.  From a service made for Robert Stockton of New Jersey (1766-1828).  he was a son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was himself a Representative to the U.S. Congress and later, a Senator. Measuring approximately 101/4″ in diameter and with only a small chip to the spout restored and very minor re-touch to the enamels, otherwise brilliant condition. Circa 1820).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Eggshell Porcelain Soup Plate #4846 Sold

A brilliant example of the Yongzheng potter’s and painter’s masterful skills, this fine eggshell porcelain 8 1/4″ soup plate is elaborately hand-painted with a central scene of two cockerels upon rockwork with stems of peonies, the rim bordered with a soft pink cellwork ground with reserves of lotus and prunus and roundels of dragons. The imagery seems to have been popular, appearing on dinner and tea wares – the rooster being a symbolism of strength and punctuality, and the peony a symbol of wealth and nobility and the Famille Rose palette of enamels had only been recently developed, but it is evident here how quickly it was mastered. There appears to be a piece out of the rim, going down into the cavetto, but with the expert restoration it is very difficult to ascertain as the piece came to us in this condition – but the painting remains a superb example of class Yongzheng painting.  Circa 1730.

 

PAIR of Mandarin Tureens & Platters #7789 Sold

A fine pair Chinese export porcelain bombe form covered tureens along with a pair of matching platters, all hand-painted with a roundels of mothers playing with their children on a garden terrace and edged with borders of a continuous landscape featuring deer, goats, exotic birds, and butterflies as well as a pair of swirling dragons pursuing the flaming pearl, along with a frolicking border of koi fish symbolizing wealth and success, all accented by richly gilded details on the handles, knops and borders. The tureens measuring 13″ x 11″ and the platters 13″ x 11 1/2″ and all in very good condition with only very minor wear to the gilding and enamels. Beautiful and impressive forms for any collection. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAIR of Kangxi Period Teapots #7788 Sold

A fantastic pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period footed teapots, hand-painted in underglaze blue and of unusual paneled and dome shaped-form, each panel decorated with peonies and rockwork, the motif continuing onto the covers, along with swirling clouds on the handles and spouts.  The form likely based upon Chinese wine pots of the period. Each pot measuring 7″ x 5 1/2″.  One pot with restoration to the knop, and a chip filled on the spout and neck, otherwise remarkably good condition; the other pot also in good condition with no apparent restoration. Several small glaze losses to the handles of both – commensurate with age and to be expected on Kangxi pieces.  Circa 1690. The best pair of Kangxi period we’ve ever enjoyed having.  Circa 1690.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qianlong Canton Enamel Tea Pot Sold

Absolutely remarkable in its detail, this exquisite quatrefoil form Chinese export Canton enamel teapot is delicately hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels, every surface finely rendered with complex scrolling floral designs incorporating the much-revered peony, panels of this pattern are framed on each lobe of the body with further gilded foliate scrollwork; the cover, neck, shoulder and spout also with swirling patterns in pinks and soft blues, the handle rendered in a ‘cracked ice’ design. One’s eye gets lost in the intricacies of the craftsmanship. Measuring 7″ tall by 5″ wide and with restoration to the base and arch of the handle, otherwise very good condition for a piece of this age and delicacy.  Qianlong period, mid-late 18th century.

 

 

 

 

Chew of Philadelphia Tea Bowl & Saucer #7796 Sold

A striking yellow-ground tea bowl and saucer from a service made for the very prominent Chew family of Philadelphia, decorated with classical style artefacts and figures in profile, all in the highly fashionable Greek-Revival style of the very early 19th century. It is very unusual to have a yellow ground as it was a difficult and costly thing to fire in the kiln. The Chews were a very wealthy China-trading family and their Philadelphia home and Germantown country house, Cliveden, were decorated in the latest and most stylish fashions. Illustrated and discussed in The Philadelphians and the China Trade, page 48. The saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 3/8″. Both in ‘as found’ condition with hairlines, otherwise good condition and rare decoration. Circa 1805.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAIR OF ‘RED ROVER’ SHIP’S CHINA #7798 SOLD

A rare pair of Chinese export porcelain Orange FitzHugh patterned shaped oval serving dishes from a special-ordered service made for the ship(s) RED ROVER.  Each with the elaborately painted FitzHugh borders and centered with a roundel inscribed Red Rover.  The conundrum being that, to our knowledge, there were three 19th century clipper ships named the Red Rover! The first one being English, built in 1829, with the dubious honor of being the fastest ship in the opium trade running between Calcutta, India and Lintin, China.  The second ship, Red Rover, was American, built in 1852 for the California trade and broke records running between New York and San Francisco in 120 days.  And the third Red Rover was a Union Army hospital ship stationed in the Mississippi River above New Orleans in the Civil War. Either way, two very attractive artefacts from the great age of sail in the 19th century. Measuring 8 /12″ x 10″, one with a minor line to the foot rim, but other than some slight stacking wear, both in fine condition. Second quarter of the 19th century.

 

Fantastical Pair of Kangxi Dragon Libation Cups #7791

What color, exuberance, and symbolism in such small, personal objects!  This pair of Chinese porcelain Kangxi period libation cups are finely modeled and decorated with dragon figures and designs with both the handle and the spout of each cup  supported by a pair of dragons set against a detailed ground of  Famille Verte enamel colors. The dragon symbolizes great power, strength, authority, and good luck with special powers over water, typhoons, rainfall, and floods. Measuring 4 1/2″ wide by 2″ tall and in remarkably good condition with only small rim frits and chips and a line to the edge of one lip, otherwise the detailed handles and dragon figures have survived the centuries unscathed. Kangxi period, circa 1700.

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Form Kangxi Pair of Spice Boxes #7790 Sold

A rare pair of Chinese export porcelain octagonal footed spice boxes, hand-painted in Famille Verte enamels with images of flowering lotus, almost certainly modeled after European silver forms of the period, even attempting to recreate the mask handles one sees on silver of this period.  In addition another unusual feature is the interior of both boxes both with three spice compartments which we have not seen before.  These would have been truly novel and luxurious items to adorn one’s table with at the end of 17th century. Measuring 3 1/4″ tall by 5″ long and 3 1/2″ wide.  One box with evidence of an interior rim restoration, otherwise both pieces in very good condition and great examples of the decorative cultural exchange between Europe and China at this period. Circa 1700.

 

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Covered Jug #7792 Sold

A fine Chinese export porcelain covered jug hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with lotus petal-shaped panels around the lower body with contrasting pastel shades of cellwork below a richly decorated and detailed collar of scrolling peonies, the same motifs repeated on the cover.  The Famille Rose palette was a relatively new creation at this time and we can see here how quickly and expertly the Yongzheng painters mastered these new rich colors.  Measuring 4 1/4″ tall with restoration to the cover and small areas of re-touch to the cellwork panels, otherwise, a jewel of a piece. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Cockerel Tea Bowl & Saucer #7767 Sold

Exemplifying the refinement of the Yongzheng period, this lovely octagonal form Chinese export tea bowl and saucer are hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with two cockerels (the symbol of strength and punctuality) on rockwork beneath arching branches of lush peonies, these motifs continuing around the body of the tea bowl as well. Also interesting to note is the fact that both pieces are borderless and lack the confines of the usually highly detailed diapered borders – the imagery being treated more like a painting on an open surface such as a scroll or screen. The saucer measuring 5 1/4″ in diameter , the 3 1/3″ tea bowl professionally restored. Yongzheng period, circa 1730. Acquired from the Chinese Porcelain Company by the Nelson Kline Collection. Circa 1730.

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Form Scholar’s Brush Rest #7795 sold

A Chinese export porcelain turquoise-glazed brush rest in the form of a stylized range of five mountains resting upon an openwork floral base centered with a moth which was considered a bearer of messages from departed loved ones.  An object of utility and contemplation for the scholar’s desk, measuring 3 1/2″ x 5″ and in good condition with only a small chip to one peak. Late 19th/early 20th century.

 

 

 

RareFamille Rose Tea Bowls and Saucers #7069 Sold

An especially fine and charming pair of Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge and molded tea bowls and saucers, meticulously hand-painted in famille rose enamels, each saucer centered with a rather rare image of a lovely European lady with her hair down, sensuously lounging upon a Chinese bed in a somewhat louche and come-hither pose, her shoes casually tossed off beneath her. (Not a very flattering interpretation of European women!). The borders with alternating panels of peony and chrysanthemum blossoms against variously complex diapered grounds. Each saucer 4 1/4″ in diameter, amazing quality and in great condition, ex-collection of Marchant of London. Circa 1740-1745.

 

 

 

 

 

Rare ‘Allegory of Spring’ Punch Pot Sold

A rare size with a rare European decoration, fine Chinese export porcelain punch pot is decorated in Famille Rose enamels on both sides with a scene of European figures in a landscape gardening – with a lady watering flowers while a gentleman leaning on his shovel flirts with another young woman with a basket of blossoms. Entitled Le Printemps after a drawing by Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) and engraved by Nicolas De Laermessin III 1684-1755. Illustrated in Beurdeley’s Porcelain of the East India Company, page 55. Measuring 8″ x 9″ and with restoration to the spout and a line to the cover sealed, otherwise fine condition, a rare and charming scene. Ex- Suchow & Siegel Collection. Circa 1760.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Vase of Flowers’ Yongzheng Tea Bowl & Saucer Sold

A brilliantly enameled Chinese export eggshell porcelain Famille Rose tea bowl and saucer hand-painted with an exuberant bouquet of flowers overwhelming a small blue footed vase, edged with a pink diapered border with small floral reserves, the vase centering the tea bowl as well, flanked by the large blooms spilling out and around the bowl.  The design most likely taken from the profuse Dutch still lifes of the late 17th century. The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3″ in diameter, very minute rim frits filled, otherwise both in very good condition. Yongzheng period, circa 1730.

 

 

 

 

 

Amazingly Detailed Yongzheng Covered Jug #7758c

Truly representative of some of the best decoration from a period that excelled in quality, this Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period covered jug is hand-painted with elegant and intriguing images. There are two aspects of the design – one features a beautiful woman as seen through a draped moon window, seated at her writing table with a letter, outside the window is a profusion of extremely detailed palms, trees, and rockwork. The second image depicts an interior scene with a mother and her child standing in a furnished interior with lattice windows (note the tree leaves seen through the lattice) and two cranes, as an open doorway looks out onto a courtyard. What remains a mystery, is the presence of two cranes standing about inside the house, although the birds are venerated as the ‘Prince of all Feathered Creatures’ and symbols of longevity and peace. The meticulous detail is carried onto the cover with more trees and a Chinese roofline.  The jug measures 4 1/2″ x 4″. There is restoration to the cover and the knop is replaced and a small line sealed to the interior, but otherwise in good condition. Imagine what a spectacular tea set this was part of.  Circa 1730-1735. Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exquisite Yongzheng Soup Plate #7751c Sold

An especially elegant Chinese export Yongzheng period porcelain soup plate delicately hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a central image of a courtly lady bidding farewell to a gentleman on horseback who is accompanied by his attendant (perhaps a departing husband, or a scholar taking leave of his mother?) Either way, a beautiful snapshot of a scene from almost three centuries ago. The 9 1/2″ plate bordered with chrysanthemum demi-lunes against a diapered ground. The reverse bearing an old note identifying the piece from the Martin Hurst Collection, as well as a dealer sticker from Henry Moog, Atlanta. Rim line sealed, otherwise good condition with no wear to the ‘proud’ enamels. Yongzheng period, circa 1725-1730.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Tea Bowl & Saucer #7762c sold

A classic example of some of the masterful decoration so typical of the Yongzheng period, this very finely eggshell  tea bowl and saucer are painstakingly hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a highly elaborate design centered with a vase of peonies surrounded by a finely rendered diapered ground with reserves of stylized peony, the motifs continued around the borders, all with gilded highlights. A treasure that fits in the palm of your hand, the measuring  4 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2 3/4″. The saucer professionally restored, the tea bowl in fine condition. Circa 1730.  Ex-Nelson Kline collection.

 

 

 

 

 

American Market Ship Teawares #7786 Cup/saucer, Sold

A fine grouping of Chinese export porcelain teawares made for the American market, each bearing a hand-painted image of a ship under sail bearing a blue ground flag decorated with gilded stars. This flag, first authorized for use in 1777,  was called a ‘Jack Flag’ and was flown to indicate to other ships that a diplomat was onboard. This flag was actually used by United States vessels until the early 20th century; the three pieces here a great bit of early American maritime history. The strap-handled drum teapot with leechee nut knop measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 9 1/2″ wide and with restoration to the spout at the base, otherwise good condition with a fine ship image ($1,550.00).  The tea bowl measuring 3 1/2″ in diameter and with a line to the rim, the saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter with a small rim line sealed  and the sparrow-beak milk jug measuring 4 5/8″ tall and in good condition . Illustrated and discussed in Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Collection at Washington and Lee University, page 212. Circa 1800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish Armorial Yongzheng Soup Plate #7754c sold

A very fine Chinese export porcelain soup plate made for Swedish market, from a special-order service and bearing the Arms of Klinkostrom.  The central arms within a scrolling gilded cavetto border, the rim with beautiful arching branches of peony – a revered flower in China, this piece combining both European and Chinese design elements exemplifying the worldwide cultural connections of the China Trade, and the superb quality achieved during this period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.  Ex-Nelson Kline Collection.

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Period Coffee Cup #7769 sold

As with a lot of fine Yongzheng pieces – there is a lot of detail masterfully painted in a very small space – here is no exception with this charming handled cup painted in Famille Rose enamels with an elegant lady with a fan seated a fine table with what appears to be an unfurled scroll that she has been contemplating, her attention diverted by what we assume to be her small son who is carrying a ruyi scepter, his presence dwarfed by being sandwiched between two large vases, all as a large cat looks bemusedly out at the viewer. What did the rest of the tea set look like one wonders? The cup   2 5/8″ tall and dating to circa 1730, in very good condition. Coming to the Nelson Kline Collection from Marchant of London.

 

 

 

 

Pair of Mandarin 9″ Vases #7778D sold

A very decorative pair of Chinese export porcelain square tapering vases hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with courtly Mandarin scenes with figures taking their leisure in a garden conversing, playing music, and doing calligraphy. Both with gilded foo lion handles and measuring 9″ tall with restoration to chips along the edges of the shoulders, otherwise good condition.  Circa 1820.