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.

 

 

 

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Sepia Fitzhugh Warming Dishes #6057

A fine and rare pair of Chinese export porcelain Sepia Fitzhugh warming dishes, made for the American market, with a direct China Trade connection as they are from a service made for Richard Renshaw Thomson, a one time United States Consul to Canton and a son of a prominent Philadelphia China trader. The service, hand-painted in the elaborate Fitzhugh pattern bears a central roundel with Richard’s  initials. Measuring 10 3/4″ in diameter, both with small lines sealed, one with a virtually indiscernible glaze bubble, otherwise very good condition, and very finely rendered. Discussed in Philadelphia and the China Trade. Circa 1820. 1,450.00 each.

 

 

 

 

 

Very Fine and early Pair of Wanli Period Saucer Dishes #4986

An especially good pair of early Chinese export saucer dishes, molded to resemble lotus blossoms, each centered with an underglaze blue scene of a bird perched upon a rock next to exuberant  branches of flowering peony, an amusingly large insect, the size of the bird, flying overhead. Measuring 7 1/2″in diameter, and in very good condition considering their age with only glaze losses to the rims.  Wanli period-circa 1600.

 

 

 

Rare Late Ming/Transitional Period ‘Eight Immortals’ Covered Bowl SOLD

An especially rare and very fine Chinese porcelain covered bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with landscape scenes, and most unusually, with biscuit figures in pairs around the exterior of the vessel, each grouping representing two of the eight Daoist Immortals with their attributes, the cover painted with peasants in a landscape, surmounted by a foo lion finial. This is really a remarkable tour-de-force of the potter’s art and a rare survivor-a similar example in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Measuring 7″across x 7″ high, the piece is in rather good condition given its age and fragility; restoration to the biscuit figures as would be expected, and the foo lion finial a masterfully sculpted replacement of the original, the bowl and cover themselves in very good order. Circa 1625-1640.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Jiaqing Period Mazzarene #7216

A very fine and impressively sized Chinese export porcelain mazzarene, very well painted in famille rose enamels with a central courtly scene of figures on a terrace, the orange, sepia and gilt borders rendered with the same exacting detail and attention. Measuring 13″ x 16″ and in excellent condition. Jiaqing period, circa 1795.

 

 

 

Kangxi PAIR of Famille Verte 8 3/4″ Saucer Dishes #7215

A really finely painted pair of Chinese export porcelain molded and scalloped edge 8 3/4″ saucer dishes, decorated in famille verte enamels with  central scene of a kylin in a garden enclosure, a phoenix flying overhead, all within a wide border of alternating panels of floral decoration. Vibrant enamels throughout. Minor enamel loss to rim on the reverse filled, otherwise very good condition. Ex- Chait Galleries. Circa 1700-1710.

 

 

 

Important American Market Cider Jug 10″ #7064 ( 1 of 2)

A very fine Chinese export porcelain covered cider jug made for the American market with an early naval and maritime connection. One of two cider jugs (see Item #7063) made for Henry Eckford (1775-1832) a Scottish immigrant who became one of America’s finest shipbuilders and designers. Eckford trained with his uncle in Quebec before re-locating to New York in 1796 where he rapidly gained a reputation as a brilliant shipwright and organizer whose quality ships helped New York gain an ascendancy over Philadelphia as America’s leading port. He built ships for John Jacob Astor’s burgeoning trading empire and, during the War of 1812, he won a contract from the U.S. government to build ships on the Great Lakes. He prospered greatly and had a grand house in New York and when financial reversals struck, he rebuilt his fortunes by constructing a 26-gun corvette, sailing it to Constantinople, and selling it to Sultan Mahmud II for $150,000.00. He was a great favorite of the Sultan’s and gained further commissions from him before succumbing to cholera in 1832, his body returning to New York aboard the ship Henry Eckford.

This finely painted jug displays a roundel with the gilded monogram of Henry Eckford, alternating with famille rose bouquets, the rim and cover with elaborately gilded borders on an orange ground. Measuring 10″ tall .   Restoration to rim of spout, small line to the handle and line to base , and re-touch to the gilding. Circa 1805.

Extremely RARE PRONK Vase

Once part of an even more dramatic five piece garniture set, this magnificent Chinese export porcelain Pronk  baluster form vase is decorated with botanical images of juicy currants against a striking black ground. Not only is the vase European-inspired in form, but the images are taken from prints  after watercolors by Dutch artist Sybille Merian and even the acanthus-bordered foot is after Western designs. Measuring an impressive 11 1/2″ tall and in good condition with the exception of retouch to enamel loss, especially on the black background. Circa 1745.