A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period soup plates, decorated in underglaze blue and white with a central image of an exotic bird flying over a flowering peony, the cavetto painted with images of fish and crayfish in reserve against a diaperwork ground, and the rim alternates with images of flying birds, flowering branches and paddling ducks; perhaps imagery suggesting earth, sky and water?Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter. Small rim frits to one, the other with a very small V-shaped chip and associated line to the reverse and firing line to foot rim, but great color blue and rich glaze typical of this period. Circa 1730. $475.00 the pair.
Another fine example of Chinese export porcelain for the American market, representing, once again, the very active involvement of Philadelphia in the China Trade, in particular, the Thomson family. This handsome Sepia Fitzhugh soup plate is from a service ordered by Richard Renshaw Thomson, and bears his initials. The son of prominent Philadelphia merchant Edward Thomson, Richard was in Canton acting as his father’s agent, and later became U.S. Consul to Canton from 1822-1824. He was replaced in that post by his younger brother, John Renshaw Thomson, an example of whose service we also have (see Item #4462). Measuring 10″ in diameter, and in excellent condition. Circa 1820-24.
Available after April 25th.
Another fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Western market with specific European decoration, this charming teabowl and saucer is finely rendered with scenes of “Romantic Conversation”, most likely from prints after the French artist Pater. Measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter (saucer) and 2 1/2″ diameter (teabowl) and dating to circa 1750, it is pictured in Hervouet, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes a Decors Occidentale, page 170.
An extremely rare and very fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period desk set, exquisitely decorated with famille rose enamels depicting exotic birds amongst flowering branches and Mandarin scenes, as well as landscape vignettes in puce and en grisaille and borders of highly detailed gilded floral scrollwork. Comprising a covered pen box, pair of square inkwells and a candleholder. Measuring approximately 8″ wide, 4″ deep and 3″ tall. Candleholder restored as well as the top of one inkwell, otherwise superb decoration and amazingly complete, a vestige of when letter writing was an art form. Circa 1735.