A truly lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain sauce boats and undertrays, richly decorated in famille rose enamels hand-painted with floral decoration and edged with elaborate butterfly and diapered borders, the forms as exuberant as the decoration with the molded sauceboats with their double strap handles, and the scalloped-edge undertrays terminating an elegantly scrolled handle. These forms typify the exuberant rococo period, both in color and form and were most likely modeled after European silver forms of the period. Very good condition, the tray measuring 8 1/2″ long, the sauceboat 8 3/4″ x 6″. Qianlong period, circa 1760-1770.
From a service special-ordered for American patriot Edward Carrington, this very handsome Chinese export porcelain lighthouse form coffee pot proudly carries a hand-painted sepia rendering of an eagle derived from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, each piece bordered with an exquisitely detailed grapevine border, most likely after English porcelains of the period.
A really fine group of three Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lobed dishes, beautifully decorated in underglaze blue with birds and insects amongst branches of peony within the lobed rim divided into panels also painted with the peony motif. The form inspired by European silver forms of the period. Measuring 8 1/4″ in diameter, richly glazed and in very good condition, dating to circa 1690. Priced individually, 7371A at the top of the group photo; 7371B at the lower left; and 7371C at the lower right.
A beautiful service and a great form, this attractive Chinese export porcelain footed compote is very finely hand-painted with a central landscape roundel with an outer border of fruits and flowers rimmed with a gilded feather edge. From a attractive service made for prominent merchant Mordecai Lewis (1749-1799) of Philadelphia who was active in America’s China Trade from the very beginning. Before the founding of the Republic his sympathies were staunchly for the colonies, and despite being a Quaker, he joined one of Philadelphia’s militia companies. Measuring 8 1/2″ high x 12 x 8″ and in good condition with only minor wear to the gilding. Circa 1795. Examples in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, and discussed in Philadelphians and the China Trade, pages 100, 103.
A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain shaped dinner plates made for the Indian market, painted in Famille Rose enamels with a central scene of a Mahout riding an elephant, the image within a shaped roundel in reserve against a beautifully painted bianco-sopra-bianco floral ground, so carefully rendered it almost resembles lace. Measuring 9 1/4″ in diameter, and in very good condition with only very small spots of stacking wear. Mid-later 18th century.
Surely this is from a special order, “one off” tea set, this charming little Chinese export porcelain tea bowl is decorated with a figure of a woman leaning on an anchor, looking out at a departing ship with a caption overhead plaintively reading “He is Gone”. The image of a woman leaning upon an anchor is the symbol of Hope, and is on the Rhode Island state flag as that state was so actively engaged in the maritime trade. Circa 1790-1800.
A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ bowls decorated in sepia and gilding in a very neoclassical design with a central classical urn and borders of entwined ribbon and floral swags. From a service belonging to Thomas Willing (1731-1821) of Philadelphia, a prominent merchant, delegate to the Continental Congress of 1775-1776, and first president of the First Bank of the United States. Though he voted against issuing the Declaration of Independence, he later donated five thousand pounds to the American revolutionary cause. Both pieces in good condition and a great expression of Federal period style. The major portion of this service is at Bayou Bend in Houston, Texas .Circa 1800-1810.
A rather striking Chinese export porcelain five piece garniture of impressive size and presence, decorated in underglaze blue with classic Chinese landscape scenes rendered within raised panels set against a ‘chicken skin’ ground which was created by hand-application of the finely dotted ground, all highlighted with gilded detailing. This was a lavish and time-consuming set to create at the time. Note how the silhouettes of the forms compliment each other. Considering that sets such as these were precariously placed upon chimney pieces or on top of high chests, it is remarkable what fine condition this set remains in with only one small rim chip filled to the lip of one vase. Measuring 11 1/2″ tall and dating to circa 1760-1770.
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.
A very elegant Chinese export porcelain slip-decorated hexagonal form garden seat decorated with fine branches of flowering peony and prunus with birds and butterflies raised in white relief against a soothing celadon green ground. Measuring 19″ x 14″ and in very good condition. A handsome and useful addition to most any room. Late 19th/early 20th century.