A very fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for our early republic, this classic part teaset comprising a strap-handled drum teapot and four tea bowls and saucers is crisply painted, each piece centered with a three-masted ship flying two American flags. A fantastic set for any American market or early maritime collection! The drum teapot measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ and in excellent condition, the tea bowls, 3 1/2″ in diameter , and the saucers, 5 5/8″ in diameter, in good condition with minor restorations. Circa 1800. Pieces priced individually.
Completely charming both in form and decoration, this very fine Chinese export porcelain famille rose 6 1/8″ saucer dish is wonderfully decorated with a central scene after designs by Dutch artist Cornelius Pronk within a border of reserves of fruits, flowers and insects, against a lattice ground, alternating with rococo shells. A lovely example of East meets West, as imagined by a European artist and rendered by a Chinese potter. Very good condition. Circa 1745. For another example of this design in blue and white, please see our Item # 4674.
A fine example of this well-known Chinese export porcelain made for the English Market, bearing the Arms of Mertins impaling Peck, and finely rendered in early, Yongzheng period, famille rose enamels. Sir George Mertins was a Sheriff of Essex in 1705 and a Lord Mayor of London in 1725. His son, John Henry Mertins married one Elizabeth Peck in 1717 and it is most likely for that union that this service was ordered. The flamboyant armorial is centered within a gilded and iron red cell-work border with reserves of Daoist emblems; the outer rim border with meandering flowering vines and peony blossoms. Measuring 9 3/4″ in diameter, and in very fine condition with the exception of a star line to the glaze on the reverse. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 213. Circa 1725.
Exhibiting the beautiful cobalt blue decoration of the period, this fine Kangxi period,shaped charger is very well painted with a central image of a basket of flowers within a ruyi-bordered roundel, the cavetto is painted with flowering branches and the border virtually swirls with chrysanthemum, lotus, peony and prunus. This highly decorative piece measures 14″ in diameter and is in very good condition with the exception of minor rim fritting and slight crazing to the glaze commensurate with age. Circa 1690.
This is a truly rare find indeed for those who are interested in both Chinese export porcelain and early American history as these teawares are from a service ordered by Thomas Mifflin (1744-1800) of Philadelphia. He was an aide-de-camp to George Washington, later promoted to General in the Continental Army (which got him kicked out of the Quaker church), he was also a signer of the U. S. Constitution, and the first Governor of Pennsylvania. He and his wife are elegantly depicted in a double portrait by John Singleton Copley which now hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And like most Founding Fathers he ordered an elegant Chinese export teaset; this one with the refined and restrained aesthetic so typical of the Federal period of our new republic with an overglaze blue and dotted border centered with a cartouche inscribed with an “M” surmounted by a dove with an olive branch. (Once a Quaker, always a Quaker!) 7 1/4″ plates and teabowls and saucers available. Excellent condition. Circa 1785-1790.
An exceptionally rare example of Chinese export porcelain ordered for one of the famous and centuries-old London livery companies, this 11 1/2″ punch bowl is finely emblazoned with the Arms of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, which was granted to this organization in 1590. The richly ornate arms on the front and back alternates with a scenic roundel of a Mandarin and boy walking in a landscape, while a floral bouquet centers the interior. Porcelain bearing the arms of these companies was not as extensively ordered as, say, dinner services for noble or wealthy households, thus their rarity. A fascinating emblem of the wealth and importance that these guilds possessed in 18th century London. Exceptional condition. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 336. Circa 1755.
We are very fortunate to have a pair of fine Chinese export famille rose figural candleholders, modeled after elegant court ladies holding a pair of vases. Each elegantly coiffed and arrayed in flowing robes tied with purple ribbons and decorated with roundels and sprigs of flowers, everywhere hightlighted with gilded detail. Each measuring 16 1/4″ tall. One with restored fingers and vase. Exceptional quality of decoration, and to have a pair! Truly rare survivors. Late 18th century.
A very fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period famille rose armorial charger of impressive size, made for the Dutch market and bearing the central arms of Tuineman. Most likely ordered by Daniel Tuineman the younger who was in China circa 1732-1733. The arms contain an image of a semi-dressed savage (perhaps a gladiator?) with a pointed shield and spear standing in a fenced enclosure, the same figure used above as the crest. Measuring 15 1/2″ in diameter. Condition: minor rim line, reverse rim chip, and minor wear to grisaille diapering, but excellent enameled imagery and gilding. And, better yet, ONE OF A PAIR! Discussed and illustrated in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 151.
It is not often that we are able to find Kangxi period vases of such impressive size and quality. Measuring 21″ tall these baluster form covered vases are beautifully potted and painted, with a rich, buttery glaze and an intense cobalt blue that exemplifies the best porcelain of this golden age of blue and white. The bodies are decorated with panels, resembling lotus petals, with classic images of birds amongst flowering branches issuing from rockwork, the barbed rim covers with further petal-shaped panels filled with more flowering branches, all topped with lotus bud knops. These are just the type of fine objects that fired the craze for Chinese porcelains from Het Loo to Kensington Palace. Condition: once drilled for lamps, now filled, otherwise superlative quality! Circa 1690.
Although examples of the Blue Fitzhugh pattern are numerous, this is an extremely unusual form for this, or any other of the Fitzhugh color palettes. These scalloped-form dishes measure 9 1/2″ x 6 3/4″, are in excellent condition and date to the early 19th century. Striking deep blue color and a very pleasing form!
Available after April 25th.
A superb example of Chinese export special-order porcelain made for the Dutch Market, this famille rose plate is centered with the Arms of Holland depicting a central shield with a rampant lion holding a sword and a sheaf of seven arrows for the seven provinces of the Netherlands, crowned and supported by a pair of lions above a foliate cartouche monogramed VOC for the Dutch East India Company, the rim inscribed in iron red with the Dutch Republic’s motto: CONCORDIA RESPARAVAE CRESCUNT, and the date 1728. In excellent condition and bearing both the Sotheby’s sale sticker from the famous 1985 sale, as well as the collection sticker from the Mottahedah Collection. 9 1/8″ in diameter.
Available after April 25th.
A beautiful pair of Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period soup plates, decorated in underglaze blue and white with a central image of an exotic bird flying over a flowering peony, the cavetto painted with images of fish and crayfish in reserve against a diaperwork ground, and the rim alternates with images of flying birds, flowering branches and paddling ducks; perhaps imagery suggesting earth, sky and water?Measuring 8 1/2″ in diameter. Small rim frits to one, the other with a very small V-shaped chip and associated line to the reverse and firing line to foot rim, but great color blue and rich glaze typical of this period. Circa 1730. $475.00 the pair.
Another fine example of Chinese export porcelain for the American market, representing, once again, the very active involvement of Philadelphia in the China Trade, in particular, the Thomson family. This handsome Sepia Fitzhugh soup plate is from a service ordered by Richard Renshaw Thomson, and bears his initials. The son of prominent Philadelphia merchant Edward Thomson, Richard was in Canton acting as his father’s agent, and later became U.S. Consul to Canton from 1822-1824. He was replaced in that post by his younger brother, John Renshaw Thomson, an example of whose service we also have (see Item #4462). Measuring 10″ in diameter, and in excellent condition. Circa 1820-24.
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A completely charming porcelain menagerie of Japanese Hirado water dropper animal figures, very well-sculpted and detailed, most likely representing animals of the Zodiac. This collection comprising a boar, a snake, a horse, an ox, a rabbit, a tiger, a dog, and a dragon. Very minute frits to a couple of the creatures, otherwise all in great condition. Meiji period, late 19th century.
A especially fine rendition of a Chinese export armorial service special ordered for the English Market, this wonderful soup plate has an exuberantly painted full Arms of Pigot centering the design, surrounded with a gilded diaperwork cavetto and spearhead- bordered rim. The service was made for George Pigot of Patshull, Staffordshire, who became Governor of Fort St. George, Madras from 1755-63 and again in 1775-77 where he died under mysterious “confined” circumstances. He was created a baronet in 1764. 9″ in diameter. Excellent condition. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 251.
Another fine example of Chinese export porcelain made for the Western market with specific European decoration, this charming teabowl and saucer is finely rendered with scenes of “Romantic Conversation”, most likely from prints after the French artist Pater. Measuring 4 1/2″ in diameter (saucer) and 2 1/2″ diameter (teabowl) and dating to circa 1750, it is pictured in Hervouet, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes a Decors Occidentale, page 170.
An extremely rare and very fine Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period desk set, exquisitely decorated with famille rose enamels depicting exotic birds amongst flowering branches and Mandarin scenes, as well as landscape vignettes in puce and en grisaille and borders of highly detailed gilded floral scrollwork. Comprising a covered pen box, pair of square inkwells and a candleholder. Measuring approximately 8″ wide, 4″ deep and 3″ tall. Candleholder restored as well as the top of one inkwell, otherwise superb decoration and amazingly complete, a vestige of when letter writing was an art form. Circa 1735.
A very interesting and rare survivor of the Dutch East India Company’s involvement with the Japanese export trade. Due to civil unrest in China during the 17th century, the kilns were shut down and the insatiable European demand for porcelain led to Dutch to trade with Japan to fill that need. Here we have a Japanese Arita tankard, made to imitate Chinese export porcelain, but with distinctly Japanese decorative motifs, all on a form that is decidedly European, based on Dutch and German stonewares of the period, all capped with a European pewter mount. An amazing cross-cultural hybrid! Measuring 11″ tall to the thumb rest, and in good condition with the exception of restoration to the handle. Circa 1680.
American Market Part Dinner Service
A very fine example of Chinese Export porcelain made for the American Market, this part service decorated in overglaze blue and gilding bearing a swagged shield with the initials ‘JMW’ for James Watson (1750-1806). A Yale graduate, a second Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War, Watson went on to become a very wealthy New York merchant and Senator. Examples of this service reside at the New York Historical Society. Butter tub and saucer tureen available. Very good condition; pieces priced individually. Circa 1800.
Pair of Spooner Family Soup Plates
From a service made for Capt. Daniel Nicholson Spooner (June 18,1819 – August 28), a partner in the extremely successful China rading concern of Russell and Company in Boston between 1843-1845 and 1852-1857. The Spooner family has new England roots that date back to the 17th century; the Spooner house still stands in Plymouth, MA and is part of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.
Lot of Reticulated Rouge de Fer
Chinese porcelain finely decorated in england after a pattern found on Japanese Imari wares and later used by Derby. Originally an armorial service made for Graham and then over painted in England – “Chinese Armorial Porcelain”: Pg. 666. For further discussion see “Ling Long” By Welsh.
Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum By William Sargent
A long-awaited book surveying the extraordinary collection at the PEM of Chinese Export porcelain. Former curator William Sargent carefully plots the history of many exceptional pieces. A must have for every Asian Art collector.