A fine 4 3/4″ tall Chinese export porcelain mug centered with an image of a British ship, its sails furled, its cannons ready and flying two English Union Jacks. A good example of late 18th/early 19th century maritime history. Very good condition. Circa 1800.
Three beautifully decorated Chinese export porcelain handled cups, most likely for hot chocolate or coffee, in the rare ROCKEFELLER pattern each one decorated with a central Mandarin scene against a meticulously hand-painted scrolling foliate ground that resembles fine brocade, a detailed sepia landscape cartouche is centered by the handle on the reverse. One cup with a line to the interior, otherwise very good condition. These pieces are from some of the finest special order dinner services commissioned during this period, circa 1795. Nelson Rockefeller owned a complete service.
A beautifully decorated Chinese export porcelain 9″ dinner plate hand-painted en grisaille with gilded details with a central image of the Nativity within an elaborate scrolling and foliate rococo border. Almost certainly taken from a European print source, the painter meticulously rendering the scene in the line work and crosshatching he was copying from an engraved print. Very good condition with only a slight line to the rim of the reverse. Circa 1745.
A rare, large-sized Chinese export porcelain footed punch or wine pot, of hexagonal form, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with vignettes of phoenix and peony, hawks perched upon prunus branches amongst chrysanthemum, and figural scenes of women and children as well as a band of shaped panels with stylized dragons in relief around the neck of the pot. The conforming cover with further floral motifs and figures a playful boys, surmounted by a lotus bud knop. The form similar to European hexagonal silver pots of the early 18th century. In remarkably good condition, measuring 7″ tall x 9″ wide and dating to circa 1740-1750. One image showing the pot for size in comparison to another more typical of the period.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain punch bowl of impressive size, measuring 14″ in diameter, and richly decorated in vibrant enamels-the entire exterior covered with detailed Mandarin scenes within scrolling rococo style cartouches alternating with vignettes of abundant flowering baskets, all against a meticulously hand-painted diapered ground with gilded details throughout. The basket of flowers motif continues, centered within a roundel at the bottom of the bowl, the rim with floral rose swags in the European style. In very good condition, with only a minute rim chip and associated line professionally sealed. A very fine example. Circa 1770.
Another fine piece of Yongzheng porcelain from our collection, this lovely Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer are decorated in Famille Rose enamels, the pieces divided into quadrants, two are hand-painted with prancing kylin against richly enameled grounds with scrolling peony. These alternate with vignettes of birds perched on prunus branches, all centered with a chrysanthemum roundel. Both pieces finely potted, the quality of porcelain and painting one expects from this brief period. Very good condition. Circa 1730.
Two pairs of very well-painted Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates rendered in Famille Rose enamels, all depicting colorful and detailed Mandarin scenes within elaborate raspberry-enameled diapered borders with exotic bird vignettes and gilded highlights. Pair ‘A’ features a lady of some importance being pushed about a garden in a wheel chair with a parasol while being greeting by officials, along with a second plate depicts a lady with her attendant being approached in a landscape by a messenger or supplicant of some sort. Pair ‘B’ offers a plate with a pair of scholars seated at a marble table on an outdoor terrace about to be served their tea, along with another plate painted with a noble lady seated on a root chair with her attendants in an elaborate hall, listening to a musician perform upon the guzheng. Note the detail of the marble screen behind her, the elaborate floor tiles and even the miniature tray garden near the musician-a remarkable snapshot of life! Measuring 8″ in diameter and in very good condition with only the exception of slight stacking wear commensurate with age. Circa 1820.
A truly beautiful form, and superbly decorated in underglaze blue, this Chinese porcelain brush pot of simple flared cylindrical form is hand-painted with figures in a landscape being viewed from an attendant in a window and a scholar’s studio with his desk visible through an open door. Excellent condition. Chenghua mark on the bottom as well as an old Chait collection sticker. Circa 1640-1660.
A truly extraordinary example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this beautiful pair of covered pots-de-cremes is from a service made for our third, and one of our greatest, American presidents, Thomas Jefferson. The pattern-a simple underglaze blue spearhead border with gilded highlights, typical of the aesthetic of the Federal period-is augmented with an armorial crest surmounted by knight’s helmet flanked by flourishes and bellflower swags above a shield centered with a gilded initial J. With a long history of descent in the Jefferson family, this service was auctioned off after Jefferson’s death in 1826 by his granddaughter Ellen Wayles Randolph, part of a massive sale of personal property made necessary by the staggering debt in which Jefferson left his estate. The service was later reacquired by Ellen Randolph’s grandson for the family and pieces were eventually lent out to various public collections for exhibition; four pieces were donated to the White House in 1906 and are still in their possession. It has been suggested that Governor and Mrs. Christopher Gore of Massachusetts, while on a diplomatic mission to London, ordered the service for President Jefferson as they ordered an identical one for themselves with the initial G. With many thanks to Becky McGuire, Christies, New York for her research. This specific pair of pots-de-creme has a history of descent in the family of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge of Boston. Both pieces in fine condition, measuring 3″ tall. Circa 1800-1810.
A very beautiful Chinese export porcelain 9″ lotus-form dish decorated in Famille Verte enamels with a central scene of flowering peony amongst rockwork, the theme continued on a smaller scale filling each lotus petal panel around the rim of the dish. We have had these dishes with the design painted in underglaze blue many times over the past years but this is the first example we’ve enjoyed in this striking color palette. Measuring 9″ across, and with two pieces out of the rim of restored perfectly, otherwise fine condition. Circa 1700-1710.