A good example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, this 6 1/4″ plate is neatly rendered en grisaille with gilded highlights with a central scene of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon within a grapevine rim border. This particular piece was part of a large tea and coffee service ordered by Captain Daniel Bacon (1787-1856). He was a prominent Boston merchant and ship master out of Barnstable, Massachusetts, he was one of the first to recognize the importance of clipper ships, one his his most notable vessels being the Game Cock. Services such as these were ordered in the early years of the 19th century, part of a cult of mourning and patriotism after the death of George Washington. The somewhat naive image of Mt. Vernon was most likely taken from an 1803 print by Samuel Seymour, based upon a painting by William Birch. Minute glaze line in the cavetto sealed, otherwise very good condition with only slight wear to the enamels. Circa 1810-1820.
A really handsome and unusual Chinese export porcelain part teaset, made for the American market, hand-painted en grisaille with gilt details. The decoration finely rendered depicting an ‘Altar of Hymen’ surmounted by a classical urn and swags inscribed with the gilded initials JB. To the left in the background, floats a ship flying an American flag, the ship’s name ARAB proudly emblazoned across the stern. To the right of the altar is a maritime shield with an anchor upon which is perched a pair of lovebirds and beneath the shield the gilded initials LB. Surely this was a special order service, certainly from the ship’s captain and most likely some sort of commemorative for a marriage with the Altar of Hymen and lovebird themes being incorporated into the design. The ship ARAB was registered in 1806 in Salem, MA and was captained by one John Barton (1774-1818) who as a shipowner, shipmaster, and merchant became wealthy trading with Europe, South America and the East and West Indies. For a virtually similar piece see our Item #7345, a tankard, which does not have the inscribed ship’s name or lovers’ initials, so, interestingly this was a stock pattern which could be ‘specialized’. Circa 1810. PIECES PRICED INDIVIDUALLY: Teapot, sugar bowl, berry dish, teabowls, handled cups and saucers available. TEAPOT SOLD, teabowl/saucer – $750. , berry bowl – $450., sugar- $250.
We are grateful to our friends Sandra and Charles Cluthe for their research on these pieces.
A rather striking pair of finely wrought Chinese export silver gilt filigreed tea caddies with enamel decoration. Of lobed form covered in a fine mesh ground, with each lobe decorated with a brilliantly enameled flowering branch with perched birds amongst blossoms and berries of inset colored hardstones, the covers surmounted with a fanciful filigreed knop. In extraordinarily fine condition with only the loss of one small hardstone ‘berry’, otherwise just beautifully done, the enamels of the finest nuance and shading. Measuring 7″ tall. 20th century.
One of the more attractive of the several versions of this pattern, this handsome pair of Chinese export porcelain plates was definitely made for the American market, each decorated with a central image of the Arms of New York state, the outer floral border heightened with a gold wash border. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition, dating to circa 1800-1810. $1250. eacg
A very fine and elegant Chinese export porcelain ladies’ spittoon or ‘cuspidor’, decorated in famille rose enamels with flowers and butterflies-a truly extravagant luxury from the 18th century when imported Chinese porcelain was a huge and expensive status symbol. In very good condition and measuring 3″ tall x 4″ square. Mid-18th century. $ 1850.
Very finely potted and painted Chinese porcelain saucer dish, decorated in underglaze blue in the Chinese taste centered with an image of a peach tree growing from the side of an ocean cliff, the branches heavy with fruit, as bats fly around them above the waves. The bats a symbol of happiness and the peaches of longevity, most likely a piece made to wish someone a long life of happiness, perhaps a birthday gift? Beautifully decorated on the reverse as well and centered there with a Yongzheng mark, most likely 19th century. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition. $5,200.00
We have never seen this form before-a rare pair of Chinese export porcelain figures of birds, modeled as finches perched upon rockwork, each supported by a small flowering branch. Nicely detailed and well-painted with Famille Rose enamels. One appears to have its rockwork base broken and re-glued along with other small losses commensurate with age. Charming and rare forms. 18th century. $5,200.00
A very refined Chinese export porcelain 15″ charger, most likely made for the French market, and displaying an imaginative combination of Chinese and European design motifs with a central scene of a Chinese lady seated upon a terrace with a child set within a distinctly European scrolling foliate surround surmounted by what appears to be a noble coronet of an armorial crest. The western scrolling foliate motifs continue in the cavetto and outer rim, alternating with images of peacocks flanking floral cartouches (of what appears to be sunflowers?) on the outside border. An elegant balance is achieved between all this decoration against the white ground of the porcelain, making this an especially pleasing piece. Small chip to the reverse, otherwise very good condition, and awaiting its next noble home. 15″ in diameter. Kangxi period, circa 1700.
What an amazing design! This Chinese export porcelain plate is dominated by its vibrant central scene of swirling dragons-rising from a roiling ocean, entwined with a mountainous landscape and flying amongst the swirling clouds overhead, and at the center of it all is the flaming Pearl of Wisdom. The dragon is a traditional symbol of the Emperor and this image clearly displays his dominance over the land, sea and sky, his power and rule guided by the Pearl of Wisdom. As exciting as this dramatic painting is, it’s symbolism was most likely lost upon the Western customer that dined off this dinner service, the charming scenes of everyday Chinese life which adorn the border of the plate were probably more to his understanding. Either way, a fantastic example of enameling and decoration which continued to fuel the West’s imagination and interest in the ‘Exotic east’ into the 19th century. Measuring 9 1/2″, very good condition and dating to circa 1820. $990.00
Rather rare and unusual, both in form and decoration, this late Ming period Chinese export porcelain Swatow basin is decorated in underglaze blue with a central scene of two cockerels amongst bamboo and prunus within a deep cavetto painted with birds perched upon flowering branches alternating with bamboo and peach, the outer flared rim with a barbed edge with floral designs in reserve against a diapered ground. Swatow wares usually display a very cursory, sometimes slap-dash, style of decoration, rendered rapidly, in washed out tones of blue, whereas here we have strong cobalt blues delineating a complex, detailed central scene and border designs, all within a great form of impressive size. A few very minor rim frits, otherwise remarkably good condition, measuring just under 15″ in diameter, and dating to the early 17th century. $1,450.00