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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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Pair of Sepia Fitzhugh 7 1/2″ Plates #7413 SOLD

 

A charming pair of Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ plates decorated in the Sepia Fitzhugh pattern, meticulously hand-painted with a unusual floral sprigs within the central medallion. Very good condition with an Elinor Gordon provenance. Circa 1800-1820.

 

 

 

American Market “Mt. Vernon” 7 1/4″ Plate #7432 Sold

A rare Chinese export porcelain 7 1/4″ plate made for the American Market, decorated en grisaille with a central scene of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, surrounded by a grisaille grapevine border with gilded details. From a tea service made for Captain Daniel Bacon of Boston and Barnstable, MA, a wealthy trader and merchant, and owner of  the renown  Game Cock, one of the fastest ships in it’s day.  The image of Mt. Vernon was taken from a period engraving, after a painting of the President’s home. The somber color scheme, part of a cult of mourning in the years following Washington’s death. The grapevine border after a popular English ceramic design of the period. Illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China in America, pages 168-170. Very good condition. Circa 1810-1820.   

 

 

Fine PAIR of 12 1/2″ Kangxi Chargers #7422 sold

A very handsome pair of Chinese export Kanxgi period chargers, decorated in a rich cobalt blue with central roundels of scenes of a supplicant before a nobleman or court official surrounded by attendants.  Representations of the Four Seasons emanate from the central scene in the form of peony, prunus, chrysanthemum and lotus. The rim contains a border of continuous scenes depicting figures at leisure enjoying courtly and scholarly pursuits.  The reverse of these lovely pieces are equally beautiful, decorated with continuing floral motifs both on the rim as well as the cavetto. Measuring 12 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition with only a minor rim chip to one charger. Beautifully painted. circa 1690.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Impressive PAIR of Jardinieres and Stands #7291 SOLD

A very fine, and very useful, pair of Chinese export porcelain jardinieres and stands of impressive size, decorated in Famille Rose enamels, each side hand-painted with a courtly Mandarin scene within quatrefoil, circular, peach, or pomegranate-shaped  roundels, floral sprigs and border, and each jardiniere resting within a footed tray with floral branch designs. The jardinieres measuring approximately 10″ high (with their stands) and 10″ square (the opening 8 1/2″ square. Very good condition and dating to the 19th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Tobacco Leaf Tea Caddy #7430 sold

This Chinese export porcelain dome-shouldered covered tea caddy is a really great form in very the popular Tobacco Leaf pattern. Hand-painted in this vibrantly colored and exuberantly designed pattern, this piece measures 5 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide and, with the exception of some restoration to the finial, is in very good condition. Dating to 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.

 

Pair of Rouge de Fer 11″ Plates SOLD

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Rouge de Fer 11″ plates elegantly decorated with a bird perched upon a flowering branch of peony, the central scene encircled with a border of bianco-sopra-bianco decoration of peony and phoenix motifs, painstakingly carved into the porcelain when the clay is still leather-hard before firing. One plate restored, the other in good condition. Late Kangxi period, circa 1720.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Set of Mandarin Plates #7408 Priced Individually Sold

A rather attractive set of Chinese export porcelain “borderless plates”, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with courtly Mandarin scenes.  Each vignette rendered across the entire surface of the plate, treating the subject more like a painting than an enclosed view as one sees on many plate designs. Each image different, with a richly enameled and detailed scene full of narrative. Measuring 7 3/4″ in diameter and in very good condition with only the slightest area of stacking wear on two of them-barely discernible-and all dating to circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Yongzheng/Qianlong Armorial Plate #7406 Sold

A rather fine Chinese export porcelain armorial plate hand-decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a rather unusual central diamond-form medallion with the image of a bee. The arms are those of d’Arvincourt with de Gergy accollee. The richly diapered raspberry border is broken with alternating cartouches bearing the family’s arms and crests. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition with the exception of two very small areas retouched on the rim border. Late Yongzheng/early Qianlong, circa 1737.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandarin Plate #7384c Sold

Another fine Mandarin plate from our collection, this 7 3/4″ Chinese export porcelain plate is hand-painted with a central scene of courtly figures chatting beneath a tree upon a garden terrace overlooking the water. The border elaborately painted with various animal and dragon vignettes. Very good condition. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

Mandarin Plate #7385c Sold

An attractive 7 3/4″ Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a central Mandarin scene of two courtly figures meeting upon a riverbank, the border with vignettes of dragons, deer, butterflies and water fowl. Very good condition. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

Unusual Size American Market Cider Jug #7405 SOLD

An unusually small and very attractive Chinese export porcelain strap-handled cider jug made for the American market with a finely rendered sepia rose border, highlighted with bands of peach-colored enamel and gilding, the matching cover surmounted by a gilded foo lion. With the exception of very minor wear to the gilding the piece is in very good condition, the decoration similar to a well-known American market service made for the Van Rensselaer family of New York. Measuring 8″ tall and dating to circa 1810.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kangxi Period 11″ Charger #7396 sold

A fine Chinese export porcelain 11″ charger, decorated in underglaze blue with a central design of scrolling peonies against a blue ground, the motif continuing around the rim which is painted with lotus petal-shaped panels with flowering branches of peony and diapering along a shaped edge. With very minor frits and glaze bubbles, otherwise very good condition. The reverse with a collection sticker from The Cowperthwaite Family Trust.  Circa 1690.

 

 

Double Color Fitzhugh Plate #7403 SOLD

A fine Chinese export porcelain 9 1/2″ dinner plate hand-decorated in the Fitzhugh pattern in the rare combination of brown and green enamels. The pattern developed into having seven basic colors of varying rarity, and then also was decorated in several unusual combinations of colors such as we have in this piece. Note the quality of the hand-painting and detail. Other than a line in the plate, it is in good condition, in a bold combination of enamels, and dates to circa 1820.

Superb Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Platter #7390 SOLD

From a choice selection we have at present, this very fine Chinese export porcelain oval platter of impressive size, measuring 15″ across, is hand-painted in the exuberant Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf  with floral and foliate designs in rich enamels with gilded highlights. In very good condition and dating to circa 1760-1780.

 

 

 

 

Great Raspberry Fitzhugh Plate #7402

A richly beautiful Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in the rare Raspberry Fitzhugh pattern with a gilded central landscape roundel and scrolling vine band within the cavetto. The classic Fitzhugh pattern developed seven different basic colors, and color combinations, some of them rarer than others, Raspberry being one of the rarer more sought-after shades as there were only a few services made with this enameling. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition, with a Henry Moog provenance and dating to circa 1800.

 

 

 

Pair of 6″ Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Plates #7391 SOLD

From a group of Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf porcelain we now have in our collection, this fine pair of Chinese export porcelain hand-painted 6″ plates in the exuberant Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf pattern is brilliantly enameled  with foliate and floral designs. One of several versions of the famous Tobacco Leaf pattern, these charming plates are in very good condition and date to circa 1760-1780.

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte Covered Jar #7394 Sold

A beautiful diminutive Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period covered jar, decorated in Famille Verte enamels with four panels of flowering branches around the exterior of the body and small diapered bands around the neck and cover. Lovely quality, in very good condition and measuring 5 1/2″ tall. Ex-Chait collection provenance. Circa 1700.

Fine Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Soup Plates #7389 SOLD

 

From a collection we have at present, this very attractive group of four Chinese export porcelain soup plates finely hand-decorated in the exuberant Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf pattern with floral and foliate designs. Measuring 9″ in diameter, in very good condition measuring, and dating to circa 1760-1780.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Period Pair of ‘Quail’ Soup Plates #6050 SOLD

A very refined pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates, decorated in famille rose enamels with central scenes of a pair of quails beneath branches of peony, chrysanthemum, prunus and bamboo, the cavetto encircled with a yellow spearhead border, and the rim delicately hand-painted with bianco-sopra-bianco branches of flowers and bamboo, the outer edge with a band of famille rose enamel floral motifs. The quail is a symbol of strength. Measuring 9″ in diameter, nd in very good condition. Yongzheng period, circa 1730-1735.

 

 

American Market Brown Fitzhugh Covered Syllabub #7399 SOLD

A charming form, this Chinese export porcelain covered syllabub, or pot-de-creme, is finally hand-painted in the classic Brown Fitzhugh pattern with a central roundel bearing the initial H. From a service made for the American market and most likely ordered for prominent New Yorker John Hone (1764-1832) who was Mayor of New York during Lafayette’s visit in 1825 as well as President of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.  Measuring 3 1/4″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide, and in good condition, with a Henry Moog provenance and dating to circa 1825.

Brown Fitzhugh Monogrammed Dish #7400 SOLD

A fine Chinese export porcelain saucer dish meticulously rendered in the Brown Fitzhugh pattern, undoubtedly from a special order service, with the central roundel bearing as yet unidentified initial B. The quality of the hand-painting is so good as to resemble transfer-printed wares. Lovely condition, measuring 8″ in diameter, with a Henry Moog provenance and dating to circa 1820.

 

 

 

Great Pair of Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf Plates #7392 SOLD

From a collection we have at present, this fine pair of Chinese export porcelain dinner plates are meticulously hand-painted in the exuberant Pseudo-Tobacco Leaf pattern with rich foliate and floral designs. Measuring 9″ in diameter, in very good condition, and dating to circa 1760-1780.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Yongzheng Period Tea Bowl and Saucer #3964

A truly elegant piece illustrating the refinement and quality so typical of the Yongzheng period, this lovely eggshell thin tea bowl and saucer are meticulously hand-painted in famille rose enamels with floral cartouches in reserve against a gilded diapered ground. The saucer measuring 4 1/4″ in diameter, the tea bowl 1 1/2″ tall. The diminutive size reflects the luxuriously expensive price of tea at the time-both the porcelain and the beverage it contained were great status symbols. Very good condition, circa 1730.

 

 

 

Set of Eight Kangxi Period Famille Verte Plates (Only five shown)

A wonderful set of eight Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plates, decorated in the Famille Verte palette with central images of large, flowing branches of peony, the other rim edged with a scrolling foliate design. Very slight wear in places, otherwise remarkably good condition considering their age. Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and dating to circa 1700-1720.

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Market-Pair of Mifflin Cups and Saucers #7401 SOLD

A fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the American market, Philadelphia specifically, from a service ordered for James Large Mifflin, the well-painted Sepia Fitzhugh pattern centered with the gilded monogram of JLM. Both cups with a line, one cup and saucer with some wear to the gilding. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng/Qianlong Period Cockerel Plate #7265 SOLD

A Chinese export porcelain octagonal form plate richly enameled in the Famille Rose palette-the enamels ‘sitting proud’ of the surface-with the central scene of a pair of boldly colored yellow cockerels about to spar beneath a leafy tree, a peony rising from rockwork beside all the action. The border also lavishly decorated with panels of peony and prunus, scrollwork and diapered ground. A great form, fantastically decorated. Measuring 8″ in diameter, in good condition and dating to circa 1735-1745.

Extremely Rare Ming Period Duck-Form Censor #7388 sold

An especially fine and rare Chinese export Ming period censor in the form of a standing duck. Decorated in underglaze blue, the top part of the figure lifting off for the incense (the smoke stains still within) and the incense rising through the duck’s open beak.  This is a remarkably rare form in remarkably good condition given its age with only glaze losses from wear . Measuring 6″ tall x 8″ wide. Circa 1600.

 

 

Very Fine Pair of Kangxi Plates #7369 sold

A very fine pair of thinly potted Chinese export porcelain plates hand-painted in underglaze blue with images of waterfowl amongst lotus, the scenes unusually unrestricted by borders and covering the entire surface of the plate. Both representative of the level of quality one can expect from the Kangxi period. One with a faint hairline from the rim, otherwise both in very good condition. Measuring 8 1/4″ in diameter. Circa 1690.

 

 

 

Rare Pair of Spaniel Figures #7353 SOLD

A very rare pair of Chinese export porcelain figures modeled as a pair of recumbent Spaniels, of both impressive size and provenance. The figures with their charming faces and soft mottled coats are cast in mirror images and are of larger size than one usually sees in this form. They measure 6 3/4″ tall and 10″ wide and they were used as the model for the copies in the Mottahedeh Collection, in addition to having been in the private collection of Nelson and Happy Rockefeller. Their condition is very good with only very minor losses to the tips of two paws. Qianlong period, late 18th century.

 

 

 

 

 

Unusual Centennial ‘Declaration of Independence’ Spoon #7377 SOLD

A very unusual Chinese export porcelain spoon, made for the American market, depicting a scene with Founding Fathers at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, beneath a spread eagle, taken from a Currier and Ives print, after John Trumbull’s original painting of the scene. This is from a small, rare group of Chinese export porcelain undoubtedly special-ordered, that was created sometime in the late 19th century, after the American Centennial and part of the Colonial Revival movement. Measuring 9″ long and in good condition. Discussed and illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 144.

Early Jia-Jinq /Wanli 14″ Charger #7368 Sold

A boldly decorated Chinese export porcelain dish charger hand-painted in deep underglaze blue with two central figures, a kylin and an elephant, beneath a tree, surrounded within an outer border of swirling dragons alternating with roundels of  four of the eight trigrams of Bagua symbolism. The trigrams are symbolic of naturally occuring processes and inter-related basic principles of reality, balance and equilibrium. Each one can be associated with a particular family member, season, personality trait, direction or animal; the three represented on this charger stand for water, lake, heaven and fire.  The reverse with floral and foliate roundels around the rim border and centered with a calligraphic mark. Measuring 13 1/4″ in diameter and with a small chip to the foot rim and some pitting and grit to the glaze all typical of a piece of this early production. A fine early example, circa 1580.

 

Beautiful Pair of Famille Rose Sauce Boats and Undertrays #5077

A truly lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain sauce boats and undertrays, richly decorated in famille rose enamels hand-painted with floral decoration and edged with elaborate butterfly and diapered borders, the forms as exuberant as the decoration with the molded sauceboats with their double strap handles, and the scalloped-edge undertrays terminating an elegantly scrolled handle. These forms typify the exuberant rococo period, both in color and form and were most likely modeled after European silver forms of the period. Very good condition, the tray measuring 8 1/2″ long, the sauceboat 8 3/4″ x 6″. Qianlong period, circa 1760-1770.

Dragon Bordered Mandarin Plate #7383c Sold

A particularly attractive Chinese export porcelain 7 3/4″ Mandarin plate decorated in Famille Rose enamels with an elegant courtly scene of figures upon a garden terrace, a lady a distinction seated in a tree root chair surrounded by her attendants. The border richly hand-painted with a swirling dragons amongst chrysanthemum blossoms, highlighted with gilding. Very good condition. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

Great Form Canton Teapot #7379 Sold

A charming Chinese export porcelain square form Canton teapot decorated in underglaze blue with classic Chinese river scenes and surmounted by a stepped ‘pagoda-roof’ form finial. Measuring 4 1/4″ tall x 6 1/2″. Very good condition. Circa 1840.

 

 

Pair of Mandarin Sauce Tureens #7380 Sold

A great form, this charming pair of Chinese export porcelain covered sauce tureens are vibrantly painted in famille rose enamels with courtly Mandarin scenes edged with rich flower, bird and butterfly borders, the handles and finials highlighted with gilding. Measuring 8″ x 6″ and in good condition with the exception of one handle having been restored.  Circa 1820. Always great to have a pair!

 

 

 

 

Impressive Pair of Kangxi Famille Verte 17 1/2″ Beaker Vases #6052 SOLD

A spectacular pair of Chinese export porcelain beaker form vases of impressive size decorated in the famille verte palette with a central band of dragon roundels  edged with a lappet border all against a very finely painted peony and foliate scrolling iron red ground, the rim and foot completed with further intricate verte ground lappet borders. Very good condition considering their age, obviously much appreciated and cared for over the centuries. Measuring 17 1/2″ tall. Dating to circa 1700-1720.

 

 

 

 

Fine Mandarin Plate #7385c Sold

A lovely 7 3/4″ Chinese export porcelain plate, decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a pair of courtly figures in a landscape, the outer border painted with vignettes of deer, dragons, waterfowl and butterflies. Very good condition, and dating to circa 1820.

 

 

 

Important American Market Eagle-Decorated Coffee Pot #7258 SOLD

From a service special-ordered for American patriot Edward Carrington, this very handsome Chinese export porcelain lighthouse form coffee pot proudly carries a hand-painted sepia rendering of an eagle derived from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States, each piece bordered with an exquisitely detailed grapevine border, most likely after English porcelains of the period.

 

 

Fine American Market Eagle-Decorated Part Tea Set #7368 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain part tea set made for the American market, each piece hand-painted with a central image of an eagle supporting a striped shield beneath a halo of stars all within a delicate gilded Federal period style border. The image derived almost certainly from an early version of the Great Seal of the United States.  Comprising a lighthouse form coffee pot, a helmet creamer and covered sugar bowl, as well as a slop bowl and four tea bowls and saucers.  Good condition with only a few hairlines sealed and the gilding refreshed. Circa 1800.

 

 

 

 

Exceptional Quality-Kangxi Lobed Dishes #7371 A,B,C SOLD

A really fine group of three Chinese export porcelain  Kangxi period lobed dishes, beautifully decorated in underglaze blue with birds and insects amongst branches of peony within the lobed rim divided into panels also painted with the peony motif. The form inspired by European silver forms of the period. Measuring 8 1/4″ in diameter, richly glazed and in very good condition, dating to circa 1690. Priced individually, 7371A at the top of the group photo; 7371B at the lower left; and 7371C at the lower right.

 

 

 

 

Unusual Pair of Fishing Scene Soup Plates #7373

A very interesting snapshot into daily life, this fine pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates are decorated a very active fishing scene with two men in a boat, and another man on shore struggling to pull up a large net with their catch, the drama of ordinary life quietly being observed by a lady watching them from a terrace door in the background. A great design with a wonderful use of the white space of the porcelain, unconfined by border patterns, the scene unfolding across the entire expanse of the plate. Very good condition, and measuring  8 3/4 ” in diameter and dating to circa 1740.

 

 

 

Impressively Sized Mandarin Jardiniere #7373 SOLD

A very handsome and very useful Chinese export porcelain flared rim jardiniere of impressive size, and, equally impressive decoration, hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with a continuous scene around the exterior depicting a lavish scene of dignitaries arriving through a garden gate to a bustling terrace where a person of some obvious rank and importance and his attendants overlook the scene below, a marvelous garden pavilion to the right nestled amongst pine and rockwork. The rim border painted with flowers and butterflies. Measuring 8 1/2″ tall x 11″ in diameter and in very good condition with only glaze and rim chips to the edge of the rim and to one foot which would barely be noticeable when the piece was planted with your favorite orchids! Otherwise, beautifully painted with rich, vibrant enamels. Circa 1810-1820.