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Fine Diminutive Scholars Screens

A charming pair of Chinese export diminutive scholars’ screens, each with an elaborately carved frame and stand, inset with a “dreamstone” a thinly cut cross-section of veined stone, often resembling impressionistic landscapes, intended to be placed upon a scholar’s desk for contemplation and meditation. Measuring 10″ x 6″; one with a small line to one of the stones, and both with some very minor lines to the stands. Early 20th century.

 

 

 

Charming Kangxi Melon-Form Teapot #7279 SOLD

A very charming Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period diminutive teapot of melon form, decorated in underglaze blue with flowers, insects and rockwork. Measuring 4″ tall x 5 3/8″ wide and in very good condition, a later silver chain connecting to cover to the handle broken at present, but a very simple repair. A great form and reminder of how costly and exotic tea-drinking was at the beginning of the 18th century. Kangxi period, circa 1690-1700.

 

 

Qianlong Mark & Period Jade Boxes #7286c

A couple of beautiful little pieces of workmanship, this pair of diminutive round covered jade boxes are finely crafted  and bear the Qianlong mark incised on the reverse of each. The painstakingly hand-polished surfaces are indicative of Imperial shop workmanship, the aesthetic and design spare in order to showcase the time and talent it took to create these near -perfect little objects. There is no extraneous details or flourishes to distract the eye from the simple beauty of the form and material. Measuring 2″ x 1″ and bearing the Qianlong mark (1736-1796) and in very good condition. Ex-collection of the  James Graham Gallery, N. Y. (1915-1991).

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Qianlong Mark and Period Bowl #7269 SOLD

A very fine Chinese export porcelain Qianlong mark and period flared rim bowl with a deep cobalt monochrome exterior, the interior very well painted with stylized lotus and scrolling foliate ‘pencil’ decoration. Measuring 7 1/2″ in diameter and in very good condition with a clear, fine mark to the base. 1736-1795.

 

 

 

Great Blanc-de-Chine Rabbit Figure #7278

A really charming Chinese export porcelain figure of a rabbit with a rather engaging crooked smile! Measuring 6″ x 5″   Restoration to ears  . Late 18th/ early 19 century. A very animated and amusing addition to any collection!

 

Fantastic Famille Rose Foo Lion Teapot #7275

A charmingly whimsical Chinese export porcelain famille rose teapot modeled with two exuberant Foo Lions-one forming the spout, the other the handle-resting upon a brilliantly enameled body with reticulated bosses resembling lotus blossoms and the whole topped by a matching cover upon which perches a crowing cockerel, the entire surface is covered with color and pattern. Objects such as these fired the craze for all things exotic in mid-18th century Europe and this would have been the height of fashion gracing some lady’s tea table, besides it simply being an amazing example of the Chinese potters’ abilities. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide, with minor restoration to the cover, and the foo lion’s tail; otherwise in good condition. Circa 1740-1750.

 

 

 

 

Very Fine Pair of Yongzheng Famille Rose Soup Plates #7274 sold

An especially fine pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates exquisitely hand-painted in the famille rose palette and epitomizing the refinement for which this period is so well known. Each centered with an image of a pair of pheasants perched upon rockwork amongst a profusion of flowering peony, the cavetto with an abundant, gilded grapevine border, and the rim with minutely rendered puce landscapes in reserve alternating with further flowering branches, a gilded scrolling foliate border edging the plate. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition.  Circa 1735.

 

 

 

Beautiful Pair of Kangxi 6 1/2″ Plates with Chengua Mark #7270 SOLD

A very finely rendered pair of Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain plates bearing a Chengua mark, decorated in underglaze blue with a central dragon motif within an outer wave border decorated with prunus blossoms, the reverse just as beautifully decorated with a scrolling stylized lotus border within a ‘penciled’ ruyi rim, the central mark within two circles.  Measuring 6 1/2″ in diameter, and in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant Yongzheng Pheasant Plate #7206 SOLD

An especially beautiful Chinese export porcelain plate beautifully painted with two pheasants perched on rockwork amongst flowering branches of peony and prunus, the outer border positively dripping with heavy-laden vines and branches of multi-colored grapes with jewel-like enamels sitting proud of the surface.  Traditionally the golden pheasant is symbolic in Chinese culture of beauty , good fortune and refinement and is often used on rank badges to signify nobility.    Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. (some stacking wear retouched) Yongzheng period, circa 1730-1735.

Great Yongzheng Period Cockerel Plate #7264

A very fine  Yongzheng, Chinese export porcelain plate decorated in famille rose enamels with a classic design from this period depicting a cockerel perched upon rockwork amongst flowering peonies. The fine potting, rich glaze, and vibrant enamels which sit proud of the surface are typical of the quality of porcelain produced during this period. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in excellent condition. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

Rare Kangxi Famille Verte Shoe #7248

A very rare Chinese export porcelain diminutive model of a concubine’s shoe, decorated in famille verte enamels. In very good condition, measuring 3″ x 4 1/2″, with a beautiful glaze, and a truly rare survivor! Circa 1700-1710.

 

 

 

 

 

Pair of Very Fine Kangxi Famille Verte Libation Cups #7250 SOLD

An exquisitely modeled pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period famille verte libation cups, whimsically decorated with figures of dragons at the handle and spout. With only a short sealed line and minor frits and edge losses restored, these charming little pieces of a sculpture are in otherwise good condition, measuring 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″  and dating to circa 1700-1720. SOLD.

 

 

 

 

 

American Market ‘Hope’ Tea Bowl and Saucer #7257c SOLD

An especially finely painted Chinese export porcelain tea bowl and saucer made for the American market, each piece decorated with a figure of HOPE  and her anchor within an ermine-mantled shield. Most likely made for a prominent merchant or sea captain from the rather maritime state of Rhode Island whose state seal depicts the same figure. Very small frit to the rim of the tea bowl, otherwise both pieces in excellent condition. The saucer measuring 5 1/2″ in diameter, the tea bowl 2″ tall. From a very prominent collection of China Trade American market porcelain. Circa 1790-1800.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Brilliant PAIR of Reticulated Chestnut Baskets #7259 SOLD

A really refined pair of Chinese export porcelain reticulated covered chestnut baskets, decorated in famille rose enamels with gilded highlights with elegant floral bouquets and borders. The form and decoration almost certainly after European designs of the period, and the reticulation, painstakingly hand cut from the leather hard clay before firing. It is amazing that these fine pieces survived intact with their original undertrays. Excellent condition, measuring 6 1/2″ tall, the undertrays 9 1/2″ across. Circa 1780-1790.

 

 

 

 

Extremely Rare ‘Chief Seattle’ 6″ Plate #7227 SOLD

An incredibly rare Chinese export porcelain American market commemorative ‘Chief Seattle’ plate, bearing the central image of Chief Seattle (178?-1866) seated within a prunus and bamboo roundel, his name inscribed above on a small banner, all within a blue enameled interlocking ring cavetto border, the rim with gilded branches of peony. Chief Seattle led the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes as the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the greater Seattle area in the 1850s. Baptized Noah by Catholic missionaries, Chief Seattle was regarded as a firm friend of the white settlers who named the region’s future central city in his honor. He was a respected leader among the Salish tribes, signing the Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 which relinquished tribal claims to most of the area, and opposing Native American attempts to dislodge settlers during the “Indian wars” of 1855-1856.  He retired to the Suquamish Reservation at Port Madison, and died there on June 7 1866. It is most likely that this plate was a commemorative piece on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Chief Seattle, though, is most famous for a speech he made around 1854 when the United States government aggressively offered to buy two million acres of land  then occupied by native people in the Northwest. The speech was Seattle’s reply to President Franklin Pierce’s “offer” to buy the land and it has been described as one of the most beautiful and prophetic statements on the environment ever made.

Measuring 6″ in diameter with two very small line s to the reverse sealed. A remarkably rare image and tribute to a great Native American to be found on Chinese export, or anywhere for that matter.

 

Best example Le Pecheur Plate #4921

An exceptional example of a Chinese export porcelain plate in the famous Le Pecheur pattern, meticulously rendered en grisaille with  a western of a scene of a fisherman on a river bank, taken from a European engraving of the period-note the attention to detail with the Chinese painter capturing virtually every line of the print! This decoration is then complimented with some superb gilding. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1740-1745.

 

 

 

Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Plate #4922 SOLD

A really stunning Yonzgheng period Chinese export porcelain 9″ plate made for the Dutch Market, of the best quality porcelain and decoration, centered with the Arms of Jan Albert Sichterman which features a large squirrel in profile grasping a nut against a patterned gilded within a rather regal armorial cartouche. Fully illustrated and discussed in Kroe’s book on Chinese armorial porcelain for the Dutch market, page 130.  Very good condition, and with an intriguingly old collection sticker on the reverse. Circa 1730.

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Raspberry Fitzhugh 9 3/4″ Plate #7233

A fine example of the Fitzhugh pattern in a very desirable color, the Chinese export porcelain 9 3/4″ dinner plate is meticulously hand-painted in a vibrant raspberry enamel. With only two small lines to the reverse sealed, it is in very good condition and dates to circa 1800.

 

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grisaille Nativity Scene Plate #7220B SOLD

A great example of Chinese export porcelain decorated en grisaille, this very well-rendered 9″ plate is from a small group depicting various scenes from the life of Christ, this one picturing a central scene of the Nativity, undoubtedly taken from prints of the period, all within an elaborate European rococo style border with gilt highlights. Very good condition, other than a small rim chip to reverse. Ex-collection of M. Bascourt, Antiquarian, Antwerp. Circa 1745.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 MORGAN Plates #7055 SOLD

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain 7 1/2″ plates made for the American Market and bears the Arms of Morgan, from a service made for John Morgan of Hartford, CT. Carried back on the ship the Empress of China upon which Morgan’s nephew was ship’s carpenter. Very good condition. Circa 1784. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America, page 48. ONE Available

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte Saucer Dish #6072

A very refined Kangxi period famille verte saucer dish decorated in the Chinese taste with flowering branches and butterflies, calligraphy and a seal mark. Nicely potted, measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter and in good condition with only a 1/4″ rim line and very minute frits. Circa 1700.

 

 

 

American Market Eagle Tea Bowl #7030

A wonderfully rendered American eagle modeled from the Great Seal of the United States centers this charming Chinese export porcelain tea bowl made for the American market of the Federal period. The reverse side of the bowl is decorated with a blue and gold roundel  inscribed with the gilded monogram TAB-undoubtedly the patriotic first owner of this teaset who ordered it-as yest unidentified. There is a line sealed, but otherwise this nice piece of early Americana is in good condition. 3 1/2 in diameter.  Circa 1795-1800.

 

Charming Diminutive Cachepot and Stand #7008

A very charming diminutive sized Chinese export porcelain footed cachepot and undertray, simply decorated in apple green enamel with gilding with a central roundel of floral decoration. Measuring 3″ high x 4″ in diameter, and in very good condition, a rare survivor with its original stand. Circa 1800.

 

 

Rare Provinces Charger #7234 SOLD

A really fine example of a Kangxi period Chinese export porcelain Provinces charger, decorated in famille verte enamels and gilding and centered with the Arms of Holland within an outer molded border of lotus petals with alternating figural vignettes and vases of flowers against a diapered ground. An interesting ‘East meets West’ contrast between the European armorial and Chinese design motifs. Measuring 12″ in diameter and in good condition with only two small rim lines to the reverse and the expected minor rim frits. These are very rare and desirable objects produced in a series with each set representing the arms of the various provinces of the Netherlands, as well as England, to commemorate their alliance against the powerful Louis XIV of France. Kangxi period, circa 1700-1720. Ex-Ann and Gordon Getty Collection.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte 8 1/2″ Saucer Dish

A fine Chinese export porcelain 8 1/2″ saucer dish, vibrantly decorated in famille verte enamels with a rather energetic design of a kylin on a fenced terrace with a phoenix flying overhead amongst swirling clouds. Prunus branches on the reverse rim, centered with an artemsia leaf. Small line to the rim and small chips to the foot rim, otherwise good condition with an exuberant design. Kangxi period, circa 1700.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Famille Rose Garniture Set #7082 SOLD

A very lovely and complete Chinese export porcelain five piece garniture set, decorated in famile rose enamels, molded with the design of a flowering pomegranate tree which grows about the surface of each piece, the beautifully modeled vases complementing each other’s shape. Each surmounted by its original cover with a gilded foo lion and measuring approximately 11″ tall. One open vase with a rim chip and the other with a sealed crack on the neck, one foo lion off and re- attached, and some very minor rim glaze losses, otherwise, considering their age and the precarious placement of these objects on chimney pieces over two and a half centuries, very good condition. Very decorative and so great to have a complete set. Circa 1740.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Dramatic 14″ Famille Rose Coffee Pot #7050

A very large and dramatic 14″ Chinese export porcelain lighthouse form coffee pot, decorated in famille rose enamels with flowering branches of peony and other exotic flowers and birds, the spout fashioned as a dragon’s head, the entire piece a conceit of color and whimsy that would have been appealing to the European market during the rococo period. Measuring 14″ x 11″ and in good condition with the exception of a short line to the rim restored and restoration to the spout. Circa 1750.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large Pair of Qianlong Period Lotus Saucer Dishes #7039 SOLD

A very elegant pair of Chinese export porcelain saucer dishes decorated in famille rose enamels, each centered with a flowering tree of peonies (The Queen of the Flowers, symbol of wealth and nobility) within a beautifully painted border of lotus petals  (the symbol of purity). Some minor re-touch to the enamels, otherwise very good condition and measuring approximately 11 in diameter. Circa 1745.

 

 

Rare American Market-ROSS of Philadelphia Reticulated Undertray #7066

A rather rare find for us, this attractive Chinese export porcelain reticulated undertray with blue diapered border, centered with a sunburst roundel, bears the family crest of JOHN ROSS of  Philadelphia. Ross was a very wealthy and prominent merchant and played an important role in the Revolution being by the Continental Congress to resource crucial war supplies and materiel for the Continental Army. To our knowledge most of the pieces from this service are in museum collections and seldom comes on the market.

 

 

American Market Eagle-Decorated Teaset #7062

A fine Chinese export porcelain part tea and coffee service made for the American market, each piece decorated with an early version of the American eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States, the eagle supporting a shield inscribed with the gilded initials of the original owner DHA, beneath a sunburst halo and stars. The set comprising a lighthouse form coffee pot, a drum teapot, a helmet form creamer, a slop bowl, a saucer dish, and four teabowls and saucers. Some slight re-touch to gilding and minor wear commensurate with age.  In the Federal period taste, circa 1800.

 

 

 

Eagle Decorated Platter-Philadelphia Market #7016 SOLD

A very handsome Chinese export porcelain 13″ oval platter made for American market as it was part of an extensive service made for prominent Philadelphia merchant John Jacob Ridgway (1768-1843) who was American Consul to Antwerp in the early 19th century. Centered with an early version of the American eagle taken from the Great Seal of the United States, the platter has three lines and two chips restored, otherwise in good condition and displaying beautifully. Early 19th century.

 

Fine Yongzheng Famille Rose Pair of Plates #6077 SOLD

A wonderful pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plates, decorated in the Chinese taste in the famille rose palette, with a scene of an official fording a river on a horse with his attendant, carrying another older man on his back, wades through the water, as a bemused fisherman watches the pair, a pavilion on the opposite bank. It is noted in The Choice of the Private Trader, that these “borderless” scenes where the illustration covers the entire surface of the plate, along with this combination of colors, are relatively rare and must represent limited commissions for this style of decoration. Measuring 9″ in diameter, one with a short line sealed, otherwise both in good condition. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Armorial Soup Plate with Shipping Imagery #6075

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain 9″ soup plate made for the English market, bearing the Arms of MILLS impaling WEBBER, centered with a quatrefoil reserve decorated with a scene of a European gentleman walking along the banks of a river, a walled and towered town on the opposite side, while the rim is decorated with two reserves featuring Western ships entering harbors, the rim top featuring the family’s crest of a lion rampant, the bottom centered with the arms. The use of the porcelain white space sets off the famille rose designs beautifully. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 325. This piece with a history of descent in the family of  Robert Treat Paine of Boston. Glaze line and very minor rim frit, otherwise quite fine condition. Another available to make a pair. Circa 1745.

 

 

 

 

 

Impressive PAIR of Kangxi Famille Verte 17 1/2″ Vases #6052

A truly impressive pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi beaker vases, measuring 17 1/2″ tall and decorated in famille verte enamels with an elaborately scrolling lotus ground in iron red divided by bands dragons, one pursuing the flaming pearl of wisdom, another with dragons within quatrefoil reserves against a stippled green ground, both within ruyi-shaped lappet borders. In rather good condition for their age, one with a line across the base going a bit into the body, professionally sealed, but otherwise, no major damage or restorations. Circa 1700-1710.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare and Fine Yongzheng Cockerel Plate #6069

A very good and very interesting example of Yongzheng period famille rose decoration, this octagonal 8 1/4″ plate features the very popular theme of cockerels in a landscape with the two yellow birds in this particular piece virtually one over the other in a very fore-shortened space bordered to one side by the strong vertical of a leafing tree trunk and a swaying over-sized peony all within a shaped outer border of flowering prunus and peony branches against cell-work diapered ground. All in rich, thick enamels, proud of the surface. Very good condition, a great, fun, vibrant design. Circa 1730-1735.

 

 

 

 

Classic Orange Fitzhugh American Eagle Plate #6060 SOLD

A great example of Chinese export eagle decorated ware for the American market, this vibrant Orange Fitzhugh-patterned  7 3/4″ plate is centered with a fine rendition of the American eagle based upon the Great Seal of the United States, supporting a striped shield, clutching the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war, the “E PLURIBUS UNUM” banner in his beak. Very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.

 

 

 

Thomson American Market Sepia Fitzhugh #6056

large and impressive Chinese export porcelain oval warming dish, finely hand-painted in the sepia Fitzhugh pattern and bearing a central roundel with the initials RRT for Richard Renshaw Thomson (1799-1824). Thomson was the son of a prominent Philadelphia China trader, Edward Thomson, serving as an agent on his father’s behalf, as well as American consul in Canton. Several services for this family exist and they are discussed in Philadelphia and the China Trade, pages 152-153. Accompanying this fine dish is a cover from one of those other services bearing the initials of a Richard’s brother, John Renshaw Thomson, who also served in Canton as consul, appointed by President Monroe. Both pieces are  in very good condition with only slight wear. Measuring 11 1/4″ x 16″.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

A lovely pair of Chinese export porcelain soup plates decorated in famille rose enamels, centered with a scene of a pair of quail beneath branches of flowering prunus, peony and chrysanthemum, the rim painted with further flowering branches and bamboo in biano sopra bianco. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in good condition with the exception of two chips to the reverse of one plate which does not detract from its presentation. Circa 1735.

 

 

 

Great 15″ Yongzheng Famille Rose Charger #6045

A very fine Chinese export Yongzheng period porcelain charger of impressive size, measuring 15″ in diameter, and wonderfully decorated in famille rose enamels, centered with a pair of horses in a landscape beneath the feathery branches of a willow tree, the outer border with lavishly enameled flowering branches of peony and chrysanthemum. Beautiful enameling and quality typical of this Yongzheng period. Good condition. 15″ in diameter. Circa 1735.