Exceptional PAIR of Yongzheng Chargers #7203B

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain early Yongzheng period chargers, decorated in a brilliant underglaze cobalt blue, each with a central scene of courtly ladies in a garden outside a scholar’s pavilion while he is seated within playing a guzheng amongst his scholarly objects and incense burner, his attendant waiting by his desk. All within a diapered cavetto with reserves of scholarly  and antique objects, the rim painted with depictions of the “Three Friends of Winter”-pine, bamboo and prunus-symbols of resilience and endurance. Measuring 13 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition, with the exception of very minor rims frits. Circa 1720-1725.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare American Market/Civil War Rose Medallion Tablewares SOLD

A fine grouping of 19th century Chinese export porcelain made for the American market. Decorated in the Rose Medallion pattern, these pieces are from a dinner service ordered by Samuel P. Carter of Tennessee (1819-1891) who was posed to China in the 1850s. Carter enlisted after graduating from Princeton. He was made a Lieutenant in 1855 and in 1856 assisted in the capture of the barrier posts at Canton. He became a hero in the Civil War having been made a Brigadier General and leader of the Tennessee Volunteers in 1862. He left the army in 1866 as a Major General, and then joined the Navy achieving the rank of Rear Admiral in 1882…one of the only Americans to achieve this dual distinction.

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Kangxi Period Bowl #7298 Sold

Just a little gem, this fine 6 1/4″ bowl was just meant to be held and appreciated for its rich glaze and beautifully painted panels of floral decoration rendered in vibrant underglaze cobalt blue. Of molded  form with each panel representing alternating images of lotus and peony. The reverse with a nice six-character mark within a double-ring circle. Small chip to the foot-rim a very few, very minute, rim frits, otherwise in very good condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.

 

 

Fine Pair of Seton Armorial Shell-Shaped Dishes #7265 SOLD

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain shell-shaped armorial dishes, bearing the Arms of Seton-the fourth of five bespoke services made for this family! Most likely ordered by one of the brothers of John Henry Seton, 6th Baronet, as they were all involved with the English East India Company. Sir Henry was involved in the Peninsula Wars and was later a Groom-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria. This service, finely decorated with central Mandarin scenes within floral and butterfly borders, is illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 674, and we are grateful to Angela Howard of Heirloom & Howard for her research. Measuring 9 1/2″ x 9″ and both in good condition with the exception of one small chip filled. Circa 1820.

 

 

 

 

 

Charming Kangxi Period Silver Mounted Miniature Ewer #7276 Sold

A very charming Chinese export porcelain miniature ewer, decorated in under glaze blue with a lobed body meaning to resemble lotus petals, each panel painted with a ‘Long Eliza’ holding a blossom, alternating with panels of blossoming peonies, the spout, rim, and cover with later decorative silver mounts. Measuring 5 1/2″ tall, with a line to the body sealed and a small chip to the foot rim, otherwise good condition.  Circa 1690.

 

 

 

 

RARE Set of Borderless Mandarin Plates #7268 SOLD

A rare and unusual set of six Chinese export porcelain 8″ plates, decorated in the famille rose palette with vibrantly enameled courtly scenes, each plate depicting a different vignette as Mandarins in finely detailed robes move through scenes without any borders, the images rendered as paintings on porcelain without the usual confines of an encircling frame. What is as remarkable as the quality of the painting and unusual presentation is the fantastic condition of the pieces-six plates in very good condition with only a 1/2″ rim line on the reverse of one. Circa 1820.

 

Very Fine Kangxi period ‘Immortals’ Bowl #7273 SOLD

A very refined Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period molded lotus-form bowl, decorated in underglaze blue with a rim painted with images of ‘The Eight Immortals’, above a lower register of lotus petals, each rendered with alternating floral motifs, the interior rim with a stylized floral diapered border, the bottom with a central image of an Immortal seated upon a cloud. Other than a few very minor rim frits to the barbed rim, the piece is in excellent condition. Measuring 6″ in diameter and dating to circa 1690.

 

 

 

 

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Fantastic Green and Sepia Fitzhugh Plate #7296 SOLD

A really fine example of a Chinese export porcelain Fitzhugh-patterned plate decorated in green and sepia enamels. This perennially popular hand-painted pattern comes in about seven colors or varying rarity, in addition to those, are equally rare two-color designs such as the example here. Outside of a few minor rim chips filled, this piece is in excellent unworn condition, with vibrant, detailed enamels. 9″ in diameter,. Circa 1820. SOLD