Fantastic Malachite Figures of Phoenixes #7205 SOLD

A wonderfully sculpted pair of Chinese export malachite figures of phoenixes, beautifully detailed and set upon a pair of purpose built finely carved openwork wood stands. The phoenix traditionally the symbol of the empress in China, it also is a symbol of union as it’s name incorporates the meaning for male and female. It is fitting, then that these figures are carved of malachite as it stands for balance in a relationship. The stone is very hard and difficult to work and so to achieve this level of detail demonstrates quite a level of mastery from the artist. Measuring 10″ tall on their carved stands, they are in good condition with the exception of two small chips to the feather. 19th century.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Form! Kangxi Lotus-Shaped Dish #7283

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period lotus -shaped dish, decorated in underglaze blue with a profusion of chrysanthemums and peony issuing from rockwork, surrounded by lotus-petal-shaped panels, each decorated with vignettes of various flora and fauna. Well-painted and with a nice rich glaze, measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with only two  very minor frits to the edge. Circa 1690.

 

 

Charming Kangxi Melon-Form Teapot #7279 SOLD

A very charming Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period diminutive teapot of melon form, decorated in underglaze blue with flowers, insects and rockwork. Measuring 4″ tall x 5 3/8″ wide and in very good condition, a later silver chain connecting to cover to the handle broken at present, but a very simple repair. A great form and reminder of how costly and exotic tea-drinking was at the beginning of the 18th century. Kangxi period, circa 1690-1700.

 

 

Rare Kangxi Period Armorial: The ‘Arms of Meade’ #7261 sold

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain armorial plates made for the English market beautifully decorated with the Arms of Meade within a central roundel, surrounded by an intricately diapered cavetto border, the rim with scattered images of exotic fruits and flowers and surmounted by a gilded family crest. An old label on the reverse indicates a provenance from Century House in London, preeminent antiques dealers in the first third of the 20th century. Measuring 8 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 198, where they date the service to the very end of the Kangxi reign; circa 1722 and we are grateful to Angela Howard  of Heirloom & Howard for information she has provided.

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Qianlong Mark and Period Bowl #7269 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Qianlong mark and period flared rim bowl with a deep cobalt monochrome exterior, the interior very well painted with stylized lotus and scrolling foliate ‘pencil’ decoration. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition with a clear, fine mark to the base. 1736-1795.

 

 

 

Very Fine Pair of Yongzheng Famille Rose Soup Plates #7274 sold

An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates exquisitely hand-painted in the famille rose palette and epitomizing the refinement for which this period is so well known. Each centered with an image of a pair of pheasants perched upon rockwork amongst a profusion of flowering peony, the cavetto with an abundant, gilded grapevine border, and the rim with minutely rendered puce landscapes in reserve alternating with further flowering branches, a gilded scrolling foliate border edging the plate. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1735.

 

 

 

Beautiful Pair of Kangxi 6 1/2″ Plates with Chengua Mark #7270 SOLD

A very finely rendered pair of Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain plates bearing a Chengua mark, decorated in underglaze blue with a central dragon motif within an outer wave border decorated with prunus blossoms, the reverse just as beautifully decorated with a scrolling stylized lotus border within a ‘penciled’ ruyi rim, the central mark within two circles.  Measuring 6 1/2″ in diameter, and in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Yongzheng Period Cockerel Plate #7264

A very fine  Yongzheng, Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in famille rose enamels with a classic design from this period depicting a cockerel perched upon rockwork amongst flowering peonies. The fine potting, rich glaze, and vibrant enamels which sit proud of the surface are typical of the quality of porcelain produced during this period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in excellent condition. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

Pair of Very Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Libation Cups #7250 SOLD

An exquisitely modeled pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte libation cups, whimsically decorated with figures of dragons at the handle and spout. With only a short sealed line and minor frits and edge losses restored, these charming little pieces of a sculpture are in otherwise good condition, measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″  and dating to circa 1700-1720. SOLD.