An especially fine Chinese porcelain libation cup decorated in the Famille Jaune palette with a charmingly modeled dragon handle. Very good condition, measuring 4 1/4″ across and dating to the late 17th – early 18th century.
A fine and rare example of the work of Cornelius Pronk, a Dutch artist commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to prepare designs to be executed on Chinese export porcelain for the company – one of the rare examples of a known European artist/design source for China Trade porcelain. This is one of his most elegant designs – centered with a lavender plume against a finely diapered grisaille and yellow ground. There are relatively few examples of this pattern as it is believed to have been produced in one tea service only as the lavender enamel proved so difficult to fire. Measuring 5 1/4″ across, this hexagonal, scalloped form stand is in good condition and dates to circa 1736. Discussed in Howard’s China for the West, Vol. I, page 302. Ex-collection of Charles Perry, Atlanta, Georgia.
A rather enigmatic Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer, made for the American Market decorated with a military commander on horseback with an attendant, both in quasi-18th century uniforms, the attendant bearing an American flag. What is so puzzling is that the general (often said to be Washington) has a decidedly Chinese look about him with a wispy moustache and goatee. There has been much speculation when and why this piece, almost certainly part of a larger service, was made. Perhaps for the Centennial celebrations? Either way it is represented in some major museum collections and attribution of a date varies from the mid-19th century to early 20th. In very good condition.
A beautiful hand-painted Chinese export porcelain plate made almost certainly for the Dutch Market with a central spray of richly enameled exotic flowers, butterflies, and caterpillars all within a cobalt blue and gilded cavetto and rimmed with an extravagant baroque border of scrolling acanthus and flowerheads. One of the few examples where we can attribute a Chinese export porcelain design to a European artist, in this case Maria Sybille Merian of the Netherlands (1646-1717). She remarkably traveled extensively in the Dutch West Indies when it was not a very comfortable or hospitable time for women to do so, making insect and botanical studies which were eventually published upon her return home. The design of this plate taken from one such engraving. A beautiful object and fascinating piece of history from the great age of exploration. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Illustrated and discussed in David Howard’s Choice of the Private Trader, page 78. Circa 1735.
A great opportunity to have a matched pair of Chinese export porcelain 8″ hexagonal cachepots with undertrays, vibrantly decorated with a continuous courtly Mandarin scene, richly enameled and detailed, each flared pot resting in a conforming footed stand with swirling dragon-decorated rim and floral and butterfly borders. Rare to have a matched pair with undertrays, especially in such a good size with such interesting decoration. Very good condition with only re-touch to a few small spots of enamel loss. Circa 1820.
An over-sized Chinese export porcelain covered cream jug hand-decorated with wonderful exotic birds perched amongst the branches of a budding tree. Measuring 6 3/4″ this cream jug (or possibly hot-water pot?) was decorated in China with the underglaze blue diapered borders and then the pot was shipped blank to the Netherlands where Dutch decorators could finish it with designs to their customers’ liking. This piece in very good condition and with its cover with its original silver chain, is in the same pattern as a charming teapot we also have, also Item #7637. Circa 1750. Priced individually.
A pair of nicely molded Chinese porcelain libation cups modeled in the form of classic rhinoceros horn cups, molded with images of prunus, dragons, deer and tigers. Each measuring approximately 2 1/4″ x 4″ and in good condition. Dating to the late 17th/early 18th century one, remarkably, is inscribed at the base.
A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain blanc-de-chine libation cups, each modeled in the form of a lotus blossom (the symbol of purity) with butterflies and insects, both raised upon a scalloped base, the underside centered with the base of the stem of the blossom. Measuring 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ and in good condition; one with a firing line to the wall of the cup. 18th century.
A finely hand-painted Chinese export porcelain Sepia Fitzhugh oval platter with a central medallion bearing the initials RF from a dinner service made for Rodney Fisher (1798-1863) of Philadelphia. Fisher was from one of the oldest families in Philadelphia, his direct ancestor having come to Pennsylvania with William Penn 1682. He was a prominent Philadelphia merchant and served as unofficial United States consul in Canton from 1825-1827 – presumably when this service was ordered. This is one of several American Market services made around this time in this color Fitzhugh pattern – all exemplifying this extraordinarily detailed decoration. Measuring 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ and in good condition. Fisher’s life detailed in Philadelphians and the China Trade, page 185.
A very charming Chinese export teapot decorated in underglaze blue with diapered bands bordering a central design of two exotic birds perched on the branches of an expansive budding tree. The birds a rather unusual mix resembling cockatoos, yet colorfully plumed as parrots in an attempt no doubt to create an ‘exotic’ scene’ for the Dutch market. The underglaze blue diapered borders were most probably done in China and then the piece was shipped to the Netherlands where it decorated and fired in the overglaze design we enjoy here. The colors and scene as delightful as the day they were painted. Measuring 5 1/2″ x 7″ and in very good condition. Mid-18th century.
An especially interesting Chinese export porcelain 18th century teapot hand-painted with convivial Mandarin scenes within gilded cartouches in reserve against a black diapered ground alternating with puce landscape vignettes, this motif continued on to the cover which is topped with a gilded crown knop. Also, rather unusual is spout and handle meticulously painted with a red and black diapered pattern. Measuring 5″ x 8″, in very good condition, and dating to 1770-1780.
A rather rare Chinese export porcelain scalloped edge spoon tray decorated with a lavender plume design against a yellow diapered ground. This rather European baroque motif is attributed to Cornelius Pronk, a Dutch artist who was employed by the Dutch East India Company to produce designs for export porcelain. His small group of concepts produced in Chinese export – and even interpreted onto Japanese wares as well – are much sought after by collectors as they represent some of the few designs by known European artists for Chinese porcelain. This striking color combination is also rather rare as these colors were difficult (and costly) to produce. The 5″ x 3 1/2″ tray is in very good condition and bears the collection sticker of Antoine LeBel. Circa 1736.
A great Chinese export porcelain 12″ oval platter made for the American market, specifically for a successful citizen of New York City, is finely hand-painted in sepia enamel in the Fitzhugh pattern and centered with a central rondel bearing the initial H. From a service ordered for John Hone (1764-1832) who, as the son of a German immigrant carpenter, exemplified the American dream, raising a family of sixteen children and rising through New York society in the early 19th century with the fortune from an an auction company he started as well as being the first president of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company and was Mayor of New York during Lafayette’s triumphant return visit to the city in 1825. In addition to the early New York provenance, this is simply a brilliant example of the Fitzhugh pattern. Illustrated and discussed in New York and the China Trade, p. 116. Very good condition. Circa 1825.
A handsome bombe form Chinese export porcelain teapot hand-decorated with an image of an American eagle clutching a group of arrows, a halo of seventeen gilded stars about his head and surmounted by the original owners’ monogram JMC, the cover and shoulder of the pot decorated with a classical gilded grapevine border. The service was owned by John and Margaret Christian of Reading, in Berks county, Pennsylvania, John (1786-1869) having emigrated to Philadelphia in 1808. The pot after silver forms of the period and in good condition with only a small X-form crack to the base barely visible, minor wear to the gilding, and the inside of the collar with small restoration to the edge where the cover rests – not visible when the cover is in place. Measuring 10″ x 6″, the eagle certainly one of the more unique versions the the Great Seal of the United States used upon export wares for the American market at this time. Circa 1810-1820.
A handsome Chinese export porcelain drum teapot with strap handles, from a service made for the American market, decorated with a rich orange and gilded neoclassical style swag border and centered with a sepia landscape roundel surmounted by the original owner’s initials RB. This is the third example of this service that we know of and the other two were made for identifiable American families, so this must have been a popular pattern at the time in the latest neoclassical taste. Very good condition. Circa 1800. Very good condition with only slight wear to the gilding.
A charming Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer finely painted in Famille Rose enamels with a lone Mandarin scholar sitting on a rock in a rolling landscape featuring horses and pigs and piglets amongst palm trees, as well as a central roundel featuring two deer along a riverbank with two crabs in the water. Certainly one of the more unusual Mandarin subjects we’ve seen on porcelain of this period. The saucer measuring 6″ in diameter and the cup 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ – the form after English handled cups of the period. Circa 1810-1820.
Two fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the Indian market, this pair of scalloped edge 9 1/2″ plates is hand painted in Famille Rose enamels with a nicely detailed central image of an Indian Mahout and his elephant, all surrounded by a border of bianco-sopra-bianco floral decoration overlaid with individual flowerheads. There’s a long tradition of this sort of densely rendered overall decoration in Indian decorative arts and so both the subject and border would certainly have had an appeal to the Indian market. One plate possibly with a line sealed to the reverse, otherwise very good condition with no signs of heavy wear. Last quarter of the 18th century.
A good example of a Chinese export porcelain tea bowl, made for the American market, hand-painted with the image of a ship, its sails furled, flying two American flags. With a very small rim chip filled and a very short line sealed, otherwise in good condition with a well-painted ship and flags. Measuring 2″ x 3 1/2″ and dating to circa 1800.
A fine Chinese export porcelain punch pot of substantial size hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with two large roundels depicting a Mandarin scene upon a garden terrace against a gilded foliate ground with bird and floral vignettes, the cover surmounted with a peach knop and with matching decoration, the ‘crabstock’ handle and spout gilded. Measuring 7 1/2″ x 10″ and in very good condition with only a tiny nibble out of the end of the spout and the handle with some gilding loss from use. A fine sized piece for presentation and display. Late 18th century, the gilding of a similar pattern used upon Palaceware services circa 1795.
An especially fine Chinese export porcelain handled cup, often referred to as a ‘can’, and saucer, very well-painted with detailed Mandarin scenes in Famille Rose enamels in reserve against a fantastically rich and detailed gilt ground of scrolling decoration, along with sepia vignettes of birds and landscapes and edged with a flowerhead border. The artistry of these pieces is just masterful, the level of detail mind-boggling, note the game board the ladies are playing on the saucer, and the root chair a lady is sitting in, not to mention all the landscape scenes. This was some of the most expensive special-order export porcelain one could commission at the time and given the time-consuming detail and gilding that is understandable. In addition, the elaborate gilding is frequently worn on these pieces and these are in remarkably good condition. Often also referred to as the Rockefeller Pattern as Nelson Rockefeller owned a complete service in a similar pattern! The saucer 5 3/4″ in diameter, the can 2 3/4″ tall. Circa 1790-1805.
A rather rare Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate decorated with Famille Rose enamels with a rare European subject depicted The Wounded Hussar, obviously made for the Western market and taken from a mezzotint of the same name after a painting by George Carter, c. 1776. The central image bordered with a lattice edge and centered at the top with a shield and crest with a pseudo cipher. Perhaps commissioned to celebrate an enemy’s humiliating defeat? Circa 1780.
A spectacular Chinese export porcelain armorial platter, hand-painted in a rich Famille Rose palette with Mandarin decoration depicting a rather animated scene of some sort of Imperial court theatrical being performed for various nobles and dignitaries and all within a rather rare and unusual Chinese riverscape border centered with a family crest and motto at the top. From a service made for the English market bearing the Arms of Waterhouse and ordered for the Waterhouse family of Halifax, Yorkshire. The detailed border as rich and varied as the central scene itself. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 787. Very good condition and measuring an impressive 17″. Jiaqing period, circa 1805.
A very elegant Chinese export porcelain 15″ punchbowl hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a continuous scene of Mandarin figures taking their leisure in a landscape around the exterior, a gilded spearhead border rims the interior edge with peony blossoms centering the bottom of the bowl. The enamels subtle and the painting finely detailed – note the silk patterns of their robes. A wonderful piece with only three lines sealed, otherwise very good condition, the decoration intact. Qianlong period, circa 1770.
A truly elegant Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain flare-rimmed bowl hand-painted in the Chinese taste with decorated with images of koi fish amongst seaweed with a rich gilded grapevine border. In addition to the koi being portrayed in various elegant poses capturing their movements in water, they also represent auspicious wishes for wealth, as well as symbolizing tenacity and courage. This remarkable 7″ bowl was obviously treasured for over two centuries as there is only a short 1/4″ line to the rim sealed, otherwise very fine condition. Yongzheng period, circa 1730.
A charming and richly detailed pair of Chinese export porcelain handled cups and saucers made for the American market each piece depicting the scene of a Sailor’s Farewell with a heartbroken young lady embracing her departing beau as he gestures to the ship he is about to board in the distance which appears to be flying an American flag. Poignantly, a pair of love birds are flying apart in the sky above, and a nicely detailed village view completes the scene. All rendered in a puce enamel, most likely taken from an engraving of the period and very unusual to be incorporating the flag of the newly created American republic on the ship. Very minor rim roughness corrected, and some minor wear and re-touch to enamels, otherwise very good condition. Late 18th century.
Two fine examples of Chinese export porcelain made for the early American market, these two teawares are each hand-painted with three-masted ships with their sails furled, and each flying two American flags of the early republic. The 5″ dome-shouldered tea caddy with a minute line to the neck sealed; the 3 1/2″ diameter teabowl with three hairlines sealed, otherwise all in very good condition. The caddy with a Marchant/London sticker of the bottom. Circa 1800. The caddy SOLD, the tea bowl still available
A great pair of Chinese export reticulated armorial baskets and undertrays, made for the English market and bearing the Arms of Snodgrass from a special order service made for Thomas Snodgrass in service to the East India Company in Madras. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 727. One basket with both handles restored, the other basket with one handle restored; otherwise in remarkably good condition. Circa 1800.
A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period Famille Verte punch pots each decorated with panels of flowering branches amongst rockwork and butterflies and each marked G on the bottom. This cryptic mark has occasionally appeared over the years on pieces we’ve acquired, and although we have yet to ascertain who or what G represents, it always appears on piece of superior quality of export from this period. Each pot measuring approximately 6 1/4″ high x 10″ wide. One with a line to the bottom, the other in good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720. Priced individually.
A fine strap-handled Chinese export porcelain cider jug decorated with Famille Rose enamels with a wonderfully detailed Mandarin scene and colorful butterflies and floral sprigs, the jug and cover edged with a rich gilded dragon border and surmounted by a gilded foo lion finial. Measuring approximately 9 1/2″ tall with restoration to a chip on the lip, handle, and u hairline to the body . A superlative example of Mandarin decoration. Circa 1810-18
A truly fine Yongzheng period Chinese export porcelain 14″ armorial charger made for the English market, centered with the ARMS OF ELWICK against a backdrop of a very finely painted soft grisaille landscape, the rim meticulously rendered in a fine grisaille and gilded diapered border with reserves of further landscape views, centered at the top with the Elwick crest, the outer edge with a scrolling gilded foliate design. The service was ordered for John Elwick, a Director of the East India Company from 1713-1720. Illustrated and discussed in David Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 234. This service with its understated elegance and refinement of decoration exemplifies the Yongzheng period. Circa 1730.
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Two pairs of Chinese export porcelain scalloped rim plates decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the ever-popular Tobacco Leaf pattern, with a lush hand-painted floral and foliate design in vibrant enamels and gilded highlights. Measuring 9″ in diameter. One pair, each with a sealed hairline to the reverse; the other pair in very good condition Circa 1760-1780.
A charming and highly decorative pair of Chinese porcelain lychee nut pyramids, decorated in ‘egg and spinach’ glaze and modeled as pyramidal stacks of lychees with their leaves arranged in shallow scalloped dishes. Possibly used as altar offerings in temples, or decoratively at home, the lychee nut is a symbol of romance, beauty, and good luck. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall and both in very good condition. 19th century.
A very rare and especially beautiful Chinese porcelain 11″ Famille Jaune Meirien saucer dish depicting a great beauty sitting at her dressing table upon a fenced terrace, admiring herself in a mirror, beside a vase of flowers, and before a large screen. The entire image so precisely drawn and painted with a minimum of detail and against a open yellow which sets off the scene to a balanced perfection. Measuring 11″ in diameter and with three short rim lines , otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690.
A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lotus-form 9″ dishes, each lotus petal panel hand-painted in vibrant cobalt blue with flowering branches of peony, prunus, lotus, and chrysanthemum amongst rockwork and insects, the flowers representing the four seasons, and both dishes edged with a chocolate rim . Each measuring 9″ across …. a few frits to the chocolate rim re-touched. Kangxi period, circa 1690.
A very fine rendering of the Royal Arms of Scotland adorns two sides of this fine Chinese export 9″ punch bowl which is also decorated with the original owner’s initials. Bowls such as these were used to demonstrate one’s allegiance to the Jacobite cause in the 18th century which sought to return the Scottish Stuart kings to the throne of England. Sadly, those dreams disappeared with the Battle of Culloden Moor in 1746 when British forces defeated Charles Edward Stuart, “The Pretender” and his supporters. This bowl a great witness to the supporters of this lost cause. Measuring 9″ in diameter and with two lines restored, the Royal Arms beautifully detailed. Mid-18th century.
Two fine examples of the well-known Chinese export porcelain Dame au Parasol plates made to order after designs commissioned by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk for the Dutch East India Company; one of the few examples of a known specific European design source for Chinese trade porcelain. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition, circa 1745.
An especially fine Japanese Satsuma 7 1/2″ plate wondrously decorated with three highly detailed vignettes one of flowers, one with ladies seated at their leisure, and a third with warriors assisting a nobleman from a boat, all against a background that is a riot of patterns and flowers, all rendered with fine gilt detail. One can see in all the fine detail where Europeans found their inspiration for the Japanese influence in the Aesthetic Movement of the later 19th century. Very good condition, Meiji period late 19th century.
A rather fine Chinese export porcelain armorial handled cup very well painted in the rare Black Fitzhugh pattern. The form itself a bit unusual with a flared beaker silhouette and a gilded ring handle, most likely after English porcelain forms of the period, and decorated with a central diapered roundel bearing a family’s crest with the image of a falcon. Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 541 where it is identified as one of four services bearing this crest and that it is likely from a service made for Capt. Joseph Cotton, a Director of the East India Company from 1795-1823. It is also pointed out that this is the only known example of the Black Fitzhugh pattern with a British crest or armorial. Other than three small hairlines, the piece is in very good condition and exhibits a real mastery of the decorator’s paint brush. Circa 1815.
Two nice examples of the Fitzhugh pattern in the form of strap-handled mugs. One rendered in the original classic Blue Fitzhugh pattern, the second hand-painted in the vibrant Green Fitzhugh. Both in good condition, the blue one measuring 4 1/2″ tall; the green one 4 1/4″. Dating to circa 1800-1820.
A set of three Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ borderless plates decorated in vibrant Famille Rose enamels with wonderfully detailed Mandarin scenes; one with an official being received by a noble lady seated upon her terrace with attendants; a second plate depicting a lady seated in a garden playing the classic stringed instrument, the guzheng, to a rather enrapt group of ladies around her; and a third scene showing another terrace scene with a dancer and two not-so-amused Mandarins seated at a table both apparently asleep, one with his back to the performers! These are somewhat unusual designs as most plates are decorated with images or scenes within borders around the cavetto and rims, here we have these scenes treated as paintings rendered across the entire surface of the plates. Highly decorative and insightful views into Mandarin life two centuries ago. (chips to rim restored) Circa 1810-1820.
A very elegant Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period soup plate hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a central farewell scene as a Mandarin mounted upon a white horse takes his leave of his very elegant wife, preceded by his small attendant weighed down with all the baggage, the rim of the plate with fan-shaped stylized lotus motifs against a gilded diapered ground. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition with only a small rim restoration and fading to the gilded diapering. Pictured in George Williamson’s work The Book of Famille Rose. Circa 1730.
A very elegantly designed Chinese export porcelain part tea and coffee service made for the American market each piece with a ermine-mantled shield bearing the script initials HB surmounted with a pair of lovebirds or doves and edged with a gilded swag border. With a history of descent in the Bartlett family of Concord, Massachusetts and comprising a covered coffee pot, a drum tea pot with its scalloped stand, a helmet creamer, four tea bowls, two handled cups, six saucers, two large biscuit dishes and a berry dish, 18 pieces total. Restoration to the teapot handle, otherwise all in good condition with only very minor wear to the gilding. Circa 1790-1800.
A very fine and impressively-sized pair of 19″ Chinese export porcelain covered vases from the Kangxi period, each of baluster form with molded bodies of lotus petal shaped panels decorated in underglaze blue with alternating vignettes of courtly ladies on garden terraces and flowering pots of peony, the decorative motif carried onto the covers as well. Bearing collection stickers from the Tibor Collection. Both covers with very minor rim restoration, otherwise the pair is in very good condition and sure to make a statement at 19″ tall. Circa 1690. Price upon request.
A very rare Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer meticulously hand-painted in the Black Fitzhugh pattern with a lush floral border and centered with a monogrammed roundel inscribed AH, undoubtedly the original owner who special-ordered this striking service. The Fitzhugh pattern remained very popular since its first appearance in the later 18th century and the pattern was eventually rendered in a variety of colors ranging from the most common, blue, to more rare colored designs with black being one of the rarest. The saucer measuring 5 3/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 3 1/2″. In good condition with the exception of two faint lines to the tea bowl, easily sealed; the black decoration strong with virtually no wear whatsoever, minor wear to the gilded edge. Circa 1810-1820. Price upon request.
A spectacular form in the ever popular Tobacco Leaf pattern, this finely modeled Qianlong period sauce tureen shaped in the form of a pomegranate with three pomegranates forming the cover is painted in the vibrant Famille Rose palette that lends this pattern it’s rich appeal. Serving pieces in the form of vegetables and animals were a tableware conceit that charmed and amused diners in the later 18th century. Measuring approximately 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and in very good condition. Circa 1760-1780.
A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain Dame au Parasol plates well-painted with the central scene of a lady and her parasol-bearing attendant coming upon a group of exotic waterfowl amongst waterside reeds, all surrounded by a series of figural and waterfowl rim vignettes against a honeycomb-patterned ground. The design is one of several commissioned from Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk by the Dutch East East India Company to be made upon Chinese export porcelain. One of the few instances where we have a known European design source for China Trade porcelain. These designs were eventually discontinued due to production costs, but must have proved popular as they appear in blue and white as well as Imari and polychrome palettes and were even copied by the Japanese for their export wares. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition. Circa 1745.
A great form, this early Chinese export porcelain Imari palette punch pot is hand-painted in underglaze blue, iron red and gilded highlights, the pot with molded lotus petal panels, each decorated with a flowering pot or flowering bush of peony, prunus and chrysanthemum. all against a scrolling. diapered or flowerhead ground, the cover similarly decorated and surmounted by a lotus-petal knop, the handle and the spout painted with what appears to be a scrolling lotus design, hence the flowers representing the Four Seasons cover the pot. This large vessel measures 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ and is certainly bigger than the usual sized teapots being made at this period. It is in very good condition with only a very small line sealed at the base of the handle. Kangxi period, circa 1690-1710.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain flared rim bowl of impressive 12″ size hand-painted in the deep cobalt blue for which the Kangxi period was so well known. Decorated to the exterior with eight lotus petal shaped panels with various rich flowering branches such as peony, chrysanthemum and prunus, the interior with a diapered border with cartouches of flowers, the bottom of the bowl with a large roundel of peony blossoms. Very minor rim frits and small chip filled, otherwise fine condition. A great size and dating to circa 1690-1700. SOLD
A charming, beautifully constructed Kangxi period Chinese scholar’s brush rest of openwork design and painted in classic Famille Verte yellow and green glazes on a biscuit body. Despite being a basically utilitarian piece, and a rather rare survivor, this lovely object was produced with the same attention to detail and quality as a larger decorative piece and would have been an essential item in a scholar’s studio as part of his writing equipage. Measuring 1 7/8″ x 2 1/4″ x 1 7/8″ and in good condition with not apparent restorations. Discussed in Luisa Vinhais’ and Jorge Welsh’s book Biscuit: Refined Chinese Famille Verte Wares, pages 120-123. Kangxi period, late 17th century.