Boating Scene 8″ Mandarin Plate #7411 Sold

A lovely Chinese export porcelain 8″ plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels, hand-painted with a wonderful view of two boats upon the water within a finely detailed floral, bird, and butterfly border  typical of what one expects to see on quality pieces from this period. Very good condition. Circa 1810.

 

 

 

American Market “Quaker and Cow” Tea Bowl #7433 Sold

An especially fine example in superb condition, this Chinese export porcelain tea bowl is decorated en grisaille in the “Quaker and Cow” pattern. This design has a long association with the Philadelphia Hollingsworth-Morris family, one Mary Hollingsworth Morris having sent a drawing to Canton which was interpreted onto a tea service. There are several versions of this design, this one being one of the finest quality with the hand-painted detail coming close to the precision of an engraved transfer print. The bowl measuring 2″ tall by 3 1/2″ in diameter, and in great condition. See Schiffer’s China in America, pages 172-173. Circa 1810.

American Market Ship Tea Caddy # 7418B sold

Another good example from our collection of Chinese export porcelains made for the early American Market, this fine dome shouldered tea caddy is hand-painted on both sides with an image a three-masted ship, its sails furled, flying two American flags of the early republic. Measuring 4″ tall x 3″ wide and with slight crazing and a small restoration to the neck; otherwise very good condition and a fine example of an image from our early maritime history.  Circa 1800.

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American Market Ship Cups #7416 SOLD

Three charming Chinese export porcelain handled cups made for the American market, each hand-painted with images of three masted ships all flying American flags. Each measuring approximately 2 1/2″ tall, the bigger one of the three with a slightly larger diameter. All bearing collection labels from Elinor Gordon, having been exhibited in the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Wonderful examples of America’s early maritime trade. Lines sealed, otherwise good condition. One of the pair of cups is sold. Circa 1800.

 

 

 

Pair of American Market Green Fitzhugh Soup Plates SOLD

A handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain 9″ soup plates decorated in a brilliant Green Fitzhugh pattern, each centered with a gilded S, from a service made for the Spooner family of Plymouth, a prominent family whose 18th century house still stands today as a museum. Very good condition. Early 19th century.

 

Tobacco Leaf 6 1/2″ Plate #7431 Sold

A charming 6 1/2″ Chinese export porcelain scalloped rim plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels in the exuberant and much-sought-after Tobacco Leaf pattern.  Very good condition with only slight stacking wear. Circa 1760-1780.

 

 

Qianlong Period English Armorial Handled Cup and Saucer #7429 SOLD

A lovely Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer made for the English market with a gilded spearhead border, each piece centered with a finely hand-painted Famille Rose armorial for the Rich family of Lancashire. From a service most likely made for one Major Rich who served in the military establishment of the government of Bombay (died 1759).  Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 300.  Extremely faint glaze line to the reverse of the saucer, otherwise great condition. The saucer measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter, the cup 2 1/2″ tall. Circa 1755.  $750.

 

 

Qianlong Period English Armorial Tea Bowl and Saucer #7428 SOLD

An exquisite example of Chinese export armorial porcelain made for the English market, this lovely tea bowl and saucer are decorated in Famille Rose enamels with the elaborate Arms of Bigland quartering Errington and Barrington impaling Wilkins and Weir.  The arms represents those of Ralph Bigland (died 1784) and those of his two wives’ families, hence the very ornate image which proved a bit too much for the Chinese decorator who painted them somewhat incorrectly on the tea bowl! Illustrated and discussed in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 508. Beautiful quality and condition. The saucer measuring 4 /12″ in diameter. Circa 1760, the year the arms were confirmed. $750.00

 

 

 

American Ship Sugar Bowl #7344 Sold

From a rare group of identifiable Chinese export porcelain teawares made for the American market, decorated en grisaille,  with a central image of a neoclassical urn resting upon a plinth inscribed with the monogram JB for Captain John Barton  (1774-1818) of Salem, Massachusetts. To the right, is a swagged shield bearing the image of an anchor (the sailor’s symbol of Hope) with two love birds resting upon it, a cartouche below bearing the initials of the captain’s wife LB. And to the left, most remarkably, is the partial image of his ship, flying an American flag, with the stern inscribed ARAB.  This pattern appears on other services-some bearing a British flag, some with inscribed monograms-but seldom does it ever have so much identifiable information as to the ship’s name and captain, let alone his wife. This was a very specific commission, in good condition and dating to circa 1800-1810.