A very interesting and rare survivor of the Dutch East India Company’s involvement with the Japanese export trade. Due to civil unrest in China during the 17th century, the kilns were shut down and the insatiable European demand for porcelain led to Dutch to trade with Japan to fill that need. Here we have a Japanese Arita tankard, made to imitate Chinese export porcelain, but with distinctly Japanese decorative motifs, all on a form that is decidedly European, based on Dutch and German stonewares of the period, all capped with a European pewter mount. An amazing cross-cultural hybrid! Measuring 11″ tall to the thumb rest, and in good condition with the exception of restoration to the handle. Circa 1680.
American Market Part Dinner Service
A very fine example of Chinese Export porcelain made for the American Market, this part service decorated in overglaze blue and gilding bearing a swagged shield with the initials ‘JMW’ for James Watson (1750-1806). A Yale graduate, a second Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, Watson went on to become a very wealthy New York merchant and Senator. Examples of this service reside at the New York Historical Society. Butter tub and saucer tureen available. Very good condition; pieces priced individually. Circa 1800.
Pair of Spooner Family Soup Plates
From a service made for Capt. Daniel Nicholson Spooner (June 18,1819 – August 28), a partner in the extremely successful China rading concern of Russell and Company in Boston between 1843-1845 and 1852-1857. The Spooner family has new England roots that date back to the 17th century; the Spooner house still stands in Plymouth, MA and is part of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.
Lot of Reticulated Rouge de Fer
Chinese porcelain finely decorated in england after a pattern found on Japanese Imari wares and later used by Derby. Originally an armorial service made for Graham and then over painted in England – “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”: Pg. 666. For further discussion see “Ling Long” By Welsh.
Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum By William Sargent
A long-awaited book surveying the extraordinary collection at the PEM of Chinese Export porcelain. Former curator William Sargent carefully plots the history of many exceptional pieces. A must have for every Asian Art collector.