American Market ‘Hope’ Tea Bowl and Saucer #7257c SOLD

An especially finely painted Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer made for the American market, each piece decorated with a figure of HOPE  and her anchor within an ermine-mantled shield. Most likely made for a prominent merchant or sea captain from the rather maritime state of Rhode Island whose state seal depicts the same figure. Very small frit to the rim of the tea bowl, otherwise both pieces in excellent condition. The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2″ tall. From a very prominent collection of China Trade American market porcelain. Circa 1790-1800.

 

 

Beautiful SETON Armorial Compote #7260 Sold

A very elegant form, this beautifully enameled Chinese export porcelain armorial compote is decorated in famille rose enamels with Mandarin scenes in reserve against a background of flowers and butterflies, the same motifs filling a rim border that is centered at each crest with a finely detailed armorial roundel bearing the Arms of Seton. This is the fourth of five services made for this family, most likely ordered by one of the brothers of Sir Henry John Seton, 6th Baronet, who were all involved with the British East India Company. Sir John Henry served in the Peninsular War and was a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria.  Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 13″ x 7″ and in very good condition with the exception of minor wear to the gilding. The interior scene especially beautifully rendered. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 674. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

Brilliant PAIR of Reticulated Chestnut Baskets #7259 SOLD

A really refined pair of Chinese export porcelain reticulated covered chestnut baskets, decorated in famille rose enamels with gilded highlights with elegant floral bouquets and borders. The form and decoration almost certainly after European designs of the period, and the reticulation, painstakingly hand cut from the leather hard clay before firing. It is amazing that these fine pieces survived intact with their original undertrays. Excellent condition, measuring 6 1/2″ tall, the undertrays 9 1/2″ across. Circa 1780-1790.

 

 

 

 

Extremely Rare ‘Chief Seattle’ 6″ Plate #7227 SOLD

An incredibly rare Chinese export porcelain American market commemorative ‘Chief Seattle’ plate, bearing the central image of Chief Seattle (178?-1866) seated within a prunus and bamboo roundel, his name inscribed above on a small banner, all within a blue enameled interlocking ring cavetto border, the rim with gilded branches of peony. Chief Seattle led the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes as the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the greater Seattle area in the 1850s. Baptized Noah by Catholic missionaries, Chief Seattle was regarded as a firm friend of the white settlers who named the region’s future central city in his honor. He was a respected leader among the Salish tribes, signing the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 which relinquished tribal claims to most of the area, and opposing Native American attempts to dislodge settlers during the “Indian wars” of 1855-1856.  He retired to the Suquamish Reservation at Port Madison, and died there on June 7 1866. It is most likely that this plate was a commemorative piece on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Chief Seattle, though, is most famous for a speech he made around 1854 when the United States government aggressively offered to buy two million acres of land  then occupied by native people in the Northwest. The speech was Seattle’s reply to President Franklin Pierce’s “offer” to buy the land and it has been described as one of the most beautiful and prophetic statements on the environment ever made.

Measuring 6″ in diameter with two very small line s to the reverse sealed. A remarkably rare image and tribute to a great Native American to be found on Chinese export, or anywhere for that matter.

 

Best example Le Pecheur Plate #4921

An exceptional example of a Chinese export porcelain plate in the famous Le Pecheur pattern, meticulously rendered en grisaille with  a western of a scene of a fisherman on a river bank, taken from a European engraving of the period-note the attention to detail with the Chinese painter capturing virtually every line of the print! This decoration is then complimented with some superb gilding. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1740-1745.

 

 

 

Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #4922 SOLD

A really stunning Yonzgheng period Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate made for the Dutch Market, of the best quality porcelain and decoration, centered with the Arms of Jan Albert Sichterman which features a large squirrel in profile grasping a nut against a patterned gilded within a rather regal armorial cartouche. Fully illustrated and discussed in Kroe’s book on Chinese armorial porcelain for the Dutch market, page 130.  Very good condition, and with an intriguingly old collection sticker on the reverse. Circa 1730.

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Mahout Plate #7222 SOLD

Another fine piece from our collection made for the Indian market, this beautifully rendered famille rose plate is centered with an image of a Mahout astride his elephant, encircled within a rim border of very well-rendered bianco-sopra-bianco scrolling foliate decoration resembling lace. Measuring 9 1/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with the exception of a small line to the reverse sealed, and two very minor glaze frits to the edge. Mid-18th century. (See Item #7221 for a charger in this same design).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grisaille Nativity Scene Plate #7220B SOLD

A great example of Chinese export porcelain decorated en grisaille, this very well-rendered 9″ plate is from a small group depicting various scenes from the life of Christ, this one picturing a central scene of the Nativity, undoubtedly taken from prints of the period, all within an elaborate European rococo style border with gilt highlights. Very good condition, other than a small rim chip to reverse. Ex-collection of M. Bascourt, Antiquarian, Antwerp. Circa 1745.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sauce Tureen with Boston/Fanueil Provenance #6085

A fine Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureen and stand decorated in underglaze blue with a rather rare landscape view, and with each piece also bearing a small armorial crest of a lion rampant. The crest derives from an English family into which Mary Fanueil Bethunes married and the service descended in the Fanueil family. She was a descendant of the famous Fanueil family of Boston, prominent merchants of Huguenot descent and creators of the well-known Fanueil Hall which still stands as a centerpiece of Boston’s downtown. The unusual decoration is discussed in Ayers’ China for the West, Vol. II, page 546 where the rather singular rendering of the large thatched structure is conjectured to be an actual building taken from a drawing, perhaps someplace along the Pearl River in the environs of Canton. Measuring approximately 8″ long, the piece is in very good condition. It includes a second sauce tureen and stand, which is damaged, but presents well to form as pair. Circa 1790.   $3800.00

American Market Pair of MORGAN Plates #7055 SOLD

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ plates made for the American Market and bears the Arms of Morgan, from a service made for John Morgan of Hartford, CT. Carried back on the ship the Empress of China upon which Morgan’s nephew was ship’s carpenter. Very good condition. Circa 1784. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 48. ONE Available