A very fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for our early republic, this classic part teaset comprising a strap-handled drum teapot and four tea bowls and saucers is crisply painted, each piece centered with a three-masted ship flying two American flags. A fantastic set for any American market or early maritime collection! The drum teapot measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ and in excellent condition, the tea bowls, 3 1/2″ in diameter , and the saucers, 5 5/8″ in diameter, in good condition with minor restorations. Circa 1800. Pieces priced individually.
Completely charming both in form and decoration, this very fine Chinese export porcelain famille rose 6 1/8″ saucer dish is wonderfully decorated with a central scene after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk within a border of reserves of fruits, flowers and insects, against a lattice ground, alternating with rococo shells. A lovely example of East meets West, as imagined by a European artist and rendered by a Chinese potter. Very good condition. Circa 1745. For another example of this design in blue and white, please see our Item # 4674.
Exhibiting the beautiful cobalt blue decoration of the period, this fine Kangxi period,shaped charger is very well painted with a central image of a basket of flowers within a ruyi-bordered roundel, the cavetto is painted with flowering branches and the border virtually swirls with chrysanthemum, lotus, peony and prunus. This highly decorative piece measures 14″ in diameter and is in very good condition with the exception of minor rim fritting and slight crazing to the glaze commensurate with age. Circa 1690.
This is a truly rare find indeed for those who are interested in both Chinese export porcelain and early American history as these teawares are from a service ordered by Thomas Mifflin (1744-1800) of Philadelphia. He was an aide-de-camp to George Washington, later promoted to General in the Continental Army (which got him kicked out of the Quaker church), he was also a signer of the U. S. Constitution, and the first Governor of Pennsylvania. He and his wife are elegantly depicted in a double portrait by John Singleton Copley which now hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And like most Founding Fathers he ordered an elegant Chinese export teaset; this one with the refined and restrained aesthetic so typical of the Federal period of our new republic with an overglaze blue and dotted border centered with a cartouche inscribed with an “M” surmounted by a dove with an olive branch. (Once a Quaker, always a Quaker!) 7 1/4″ plates and teabowls and saucers available. Excellent condition. Circa 1785-1790.
An exceptionally rare example of Chinese export porcelain ordered for one of the famous and centuries-old London livery companies, this 11 1/2″ punch bowl is finely emblazoned with the Arms of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, which was granted to this organization in 1590. The richly ornate arms on the front and back alternates with a scenic roundel of a Mandarin and boy walking in a landscape, while a floral bouquet centers the interior. Porcelain bearing the arms of these companies was not as extensively ordered as, say, dinner services for noble or wealthy households, thus their rarity. A fascinating emblem of the wealth and importance that these guilds possessed in 18th century London. Exceptional condition. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 336. Circa 1755.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period famille rose armorial charger of impressive size, made for the Dutch market and bearing the central arms of Tuineman. Most likely ordered by Daniel Tuineman the younger who was in China circa 1732-1733. The arms contain an image of a semi-dressed savage (perhaps a gladiator?) with a pointed shield and spear standing in a fenced enclosure, the same figure used above as the crest. Measuring 15 1/2″ in diameter. Condition: minor rim line, reverse rim chip, and minor wear to grisaille diapering, but excellent enameled imagery and gilding. And, better yet, ONE OF A PAIR! Discussed and illustrated in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 151.
It is not often that we are able to find Kangxi period vases of such impressive size and quality. Measuring 21″ tall these baluster form covered vases are beautifully potted and painted, with a rich, buttery glaze and an intense cobalt blue that exemplifies the best porcelain of this golden age of blue and white. The bodies are decorated with panels, resembling lotus petals, with classic images of birds amongst flowering branches issuing from rockwork, the barbed rim covers with further petal-shaped panels filled with more flowering branches, all topped with lotus bud knops. These are just the type of fine objects that fired the craze for Chinese porcelains from Het Loo to Kensington Palace. Condition: once drilled for lamps, now filled, otherwise superlative quality! Circa 1690.
Although examples of the Blue Fitzhugh pattern are numerous, this is an extremely unusual form for this, or any other of the Fitzhugh color palettes. These scalloped-form dishes measure 9 1/2″ x 6 3/4″, are in excellent condition and date to the early 19th century. Striking deep blue color and a very pleasing form!
Available after April 25th.
A superb example of Chinese export special-order porcelain made for the Dutch Market, this famille rose plate is centered with the Arms of Holland depicting a central shield with a rampant lion holding a sword and a sheaf of seven arrows for the seven provinces of the Netherlands, crowned and supported by a pair of lions above a foliate cartouche monogramed VOC for the Dutch East India Company, the rim inscribed in iron red with the Dutch Republic’s motto: CONCORDIA RESPARAVAE CRESCUNT, and the date 1728. In excellent condition and bearing both the Sotheby’s sale sticker from the famous 1985 sale, as well as the collection sticker from the Mottahedah Collection. 9 1/8″ in diameter.
Available after April 25th.