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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.

 

 

 

 

Fine Group of Kangxi Plates #6033

These wonderful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi plates have the fine potting, brilliant glaze and vibrant cobalt blue decoration for which this period is so well known. The unusual design is a veritable riot of flowers with a central roundel of flowering plants within a densely packed border of blossoms, the motif continuing around the rim with a profusion of buds, blossoms and leaves. Measuring 9 1/2″ in diameter, described in Dutch VOC inventories as a “Double Plate”. One with a line to the reverse, sealed, and very, very minor rim roughness as can be expected, but otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690. $650.00 each.

 

 

 

Kangxi Famille Verte Plate #6032 SOLD

A beautiful Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period plate, decorated with famille verte enamels with a central scene of a scholar in his studio pondering through his window a courtly lady walking below in a terraced garden. He is poised with pen and paper; perhaps her beauty is distracting his work, or, inspiring it? All within a vibrant foliate border. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1700-1720. $1,480.00

 

 

 

Pair of Early Famille Rose Plates #6007 SOLD

A fine pair of Chinese export porcelain barbed edge plates, elaborately decorated in famille rose enamels with a central shaped medallion of peony and prunus against a swirling foliate blue ground, the cavetto with a ring of lotus, and the shaped rim repeating  the peony and lotus motif again against a blue ground. All richly enameled, “proud” of the surface. Illustrated in Williamson’s book on superlative examples of early famille rose.Very good condition, measuring 9″ in diameter, and dating to circa 1735-1745.

 

 

 

 

Great American Market Renshaw Platter and Mazzarene #5087

A wonderful example of Chinese export porcelain for the American market, this highly decorative Sepia Fitzhugh 16″ oval platter is magnificently handpainted and centered with the initials for Richard Renshaw Thomson (1799-1824) who was both agent for his father’s Philadelphia trading company, as well as American consul in Canton. Measuring 11″ x 16″ and in excellent condition. Circa 1820-24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Late Yongzheng Dutch Armorial #5072

A very handsome late Yongzheng/early Qianlong period Chinese export porcelain Dutch armorial dinner plate centered with the Arms of De Jonge, finely enameled and gilded, within a cavetto border and rim decoration of meticulously painted underglaze blue floral designs. Peony blossoms and butterflies are scattered about the rim on the reverse. The arms were borne by Cornelis de Jonge (1687-1743), a VOC official in Bengal, and also by his son Dr. Christian de Jonge (1730-1790). Measuring 9″ in diameter, and in good condition with the exception of a small rim line sealed. Circa 1735-1740. Illustrated in Kroes’ Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page 198.

 

 

 

 

13″ Kangxi Covered Vases #5061

A very impressive pair of 13″ Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period vases of ribbed form resting upon slightly flared bases, each decorated in underglaze blue with shaped reserves against a lattice ground, and each reserve featuring a flower representing one of the four seasons; lotus, peony, chrysanthemum and prunus. The floral motif continues with peony and molded lotus petal bands around the neck, cover and base. Minor restoration to covers and necks of both vases, and the corner of one base, and some very minor glaze fritting as can be expected,  otherwise in very good condition. Circa 1690.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Yongzheng Armorial 12 1/4″ Charger #5052

An outstanding example of the fine Yongzheng wares being produced and catering to the demands of the Western market, this handsome armorial charger is from a special order service made for a one time Lord Mayor of London. Bearing the elaborately detailed central arms of MERTINS impaling PECK, it is illustrated and discussed in the venerable tome by David Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, Page 213. In very good condition, 12 1/4″ in diameter and dating to circa 1725.

 

 

 

Very Fine Kangxi Famille Jaune Ginger Jars #5043

A very fine pair of Chinese export porcelain Kangxi period Famille Jaune ginger jars, meticulously decorated with an overall scrolling foliate design on a soft yellow ground, each with a finely carved hardwood cover. The skill of the painting enhanced only by the ground color as yellow was a difficult color to fire in a kiln. Measuring 10″ tall and dating to circa 1700. Previously lamped, but now professionally restored, the bodies of the jars without any chips, breaks or lines and presenting beautifully. Formerly in the collections of Bernard Barouk and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Japanese Screen #5020

A very attractive Japanese Meiji period four panel screen depicting hand painted  pine and prunus against a gilded cloud background mounted within a brocade mat and simple black frame.  Measuring 37″ tall x 8′ 3″ wide. Originally used on the floor, but equally beautiful wall mounted, either way a very soothing and pleasing presence in any space. Minor imperfections and restorations commensurate with age, but overall good condition. Edo Period.    $3800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Qianlong Period Wine Cooler

A very impressive Chinese export porcelain wine cooler, decorated in famille rose enamels with elegant flowering branches, the bulbous form raised upon a flared base and surmounted by a flared monteith style rim, the rim decorated as well on the interior. Heavily potted to support ice and wine for a lavish entertainment, this magnificent piece, modeled after European silver forms, would have been a status symbol in its day, gracing a nobleman’s sideboard, a sign of his gracious and liberal entertaining. Measuring 13″ x 19″ x 16″. With a crack sealed and a chip to one of the monteith lappets restored, otherwise, very good condition. Third quarter of the 18th century.

 

 

 

 

 

Charming Spoon Tray #5004 SOLD

A nice example of an 18th century Chinese export porcelain spoon tray, of shaped form with Mandarin decoration. Measuring 5″ x 3 1/2″ and in good condition with only slight wear (from all those spoons!) and a minor frit to the edge. Qianlong period, circa 1770.

 

 

 

Very Fine Yongzheng Cockerel Tea Bowl & Saucer #4951 SOLD

A lovely Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period tea bowl and saucer, decorated in famille rose enamels with reserves of cockerels and flowering peony against a meticulously gilded cellwork ground. Thinly potted and finely enameled, and in very good condition. The saucer 4″ in diameter. Circa 1730. $1,950.00

 

 

 

Yongzheng Famille Rose Tea Bowl & Saucer #4959A SOLD

With the quality of potting and porcelain and the attention to detail one can expect from the Yongzheng period, this vibrantly enameled tea bowl and saucer, rendered in famille rose, is beautifully decorated with lotus blossoms against a diapered ground. The saucer measuring 4″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.

 

 

 

Very Fine Kangxi Saucer Dish #4985A

A superlative Chinese export porcelain molded saucer dish with a barbed edge, thinly potted, richly glazed, decorated in underglaze blue and centered with a classic Chinese landscape deftly brushed in the “Master of the Rocks” style. The lotus border, in contrast to the spontaneously brushed landscape, is a careful study in meticulous rendering, the lotus theme repeating on the molded panels on the reverse side and surrounding a centered six-character mark. Measuring 8″ in diameter and, other than a few rim frits filled, in great condition. Kangxi period, circa 1690.

 

 

 

Early Kangxi Period Dish #4971

A strikingly beautiful Chinese export porcelain 11 1/4″ rimmed saucer dish painted in a vibrant underglaze cobalt blue with a lone scholar walking through a mountainous landscape, a waterfall nearby with fish bounding upstream, all within a narrow border rendered with flowering prunus and peony branches, this motif  repeating on the reverse. A harmonious composition, and a finely crafted piece of porcelain with a luminous glaze typical of the best production of this period. Very good condition with only three minute rim frits and a restored chip to the reverse. Early Kangxi circa 1670. $5,800.00

 

 

 

 

Great Fitzhugh/Mifflin Cup & Saucer #4716

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain handled cup and saucer, made for the American market in the Brown Fitzhugh pattern and more specifically, from a service ordered for, and bearing the initials of, prominent Philadelphia China Trader, JAMES LARGE MIFFLIN, who was the grand nephew of Thomas Mifflin, first governor of Pennsylvania. Lovely quality and amazing, hand-painted and gilded detailing. Faint line to the cup, otherwise very good condition and a great form for any American market collector. Saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter.  Circa 1825. $1,450.00

 

 

 

 

Charming Kutani Cats #4965

A very charming set of three Japanese export porcelain Kutani cats, their spots richly rendered in gilding, each recumbent feline of graduated size, happily dozing, adorned with a red bow and bell about its neck. Measuring 6 1/2″, 4″ and 2 1/8″ long and in very good condition. Late 19th/early 20th century. $850.00

 

 

 

 

 

Fine English Market Hanbury Armorial Sold

An especially fine Chinese export porcelain  9″ armorial plate, made for the English market, centered with the very grand Arms of Hanbury in pretence with Comyn, this plate was part of a service ordered by prominent London Quaker merchant John Hanbury (1700-1758). According to Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 265, “This famous ‘Virginia Merchant’ was granted very considerable lands in Maryland and Virginia, and aroused animosity among his Quaker friends for permitting slavery on his estates”. Please note the exquisitely wrought gilded grapevine borders, virtually untouched from the day the service was unpacked on the East India docks! Yongzheng period, circa 1735.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American/ Philadelphia Market Teabowl & Saucer #4861

A very attractive Chinese export porcelain teabowl and saucer made for the American market, decorated with a central image rendered en grisaille of an expansive country house, possibly Rosewell, one of the great Philadelphia country estates of the time along the Schuykill River. This is encircled by a peach and sepia enameled Regency-style border with gilded highlights, most likely derived from English porcelain patterns of the time. The saucer 5 1/2″ in diameter, the teabowl 3 3/8″, both in very good condition. Circa 1800-1810.

 

 

 

 

 

Palaceware Soup Plates #4829 Sold

Some extraordinary quality is exhibited here in this fine example of a Chinese export porcelain 10″ dinner plate, decorated in famille rose enamels in the Palaceware pattern with a central scene depicting an image from The Tale of the Calligrapher and the Goose all within a richly gilded latticework border with sepia landscape reserves. Superb quality from the end of the 18th century, circa 1795.

Orange Fitzhugh Armorial: The Arms of Seton #4797

We have had the pleasure of having examples of this great service before and are always impressed by the quality of the decoration in both the highly detailed Fitzhugh pattern, the intense orange enamel, and finely rendered armorial. These two beautiful 9 3/4″ plates each centered with the ARMS OF SETON, one of several services ordered for the family. These particular examples are from a service made for Sir Alexander Seton, 5th Baronet; he and his three sons were all in the Honourable East India Company. See Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. II, page 541. Both in excellent condition, circa 1810.

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Period, The Arms of Godfrey #4804

A very beautiful and well-known early Chinese export porcelain armorial soup plate made for the English bearing the arms of GODFREY, decorated with a meticulous underglaze blue foliate border of peony, pine and prunus, centered at the top with a black-a-moor crest, the central design a famille rose armorial. Most likely ordered for the family by a cousin who was serving as a supercargo in Canton in 1728, making this an early example of the use of the newly developed famille rose palette. See Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 172. One of several export services ordered for the Godfrey family. Piece out of the rim and put back, some wear to enamels, otherwise good condition. 8 1/2″. Yongzheng period, circa 1728. $1050.00

 

 

 

 

American Market/ Philadelphia Coffee Can & Saucer #4794

A charming Chinese export porcelain coffee can and saucer made for the American Market with a Philadelphia connection.We know of several services with this specific sawtooth border and sepia roundel decoration featuring a fisherman in front of a house along a riverbank with Philadelphia family connections; this coffee can and saucer with a history of descent in the DuPont family. Good condition, circa 1800. $275.00

 

 

 

 

Exquisite Yongzheng Tea Bowl and Saucer #4733

We have always been especially interested in this period of Chinese export, and always try to acquire great examples when we can as it was a time of simply masterful potting and painting; here is such an outstanding example. This Yongzheng period eggshell porcelain tea bowl and saucer are meticulously rendered in a pattern we’ve not seen before, the tea bowl with a tiny “Y” diaperwork border edged with the flowing contours of a gilded dragon, above lovely continuous landscape of a bucolic river scene leading up to the walls of a garden of a great house, the saucer similarly painted with small boats making their way to the walled compound, fantastical rockwork in the background, all edged with the same whimsical dragon border.  The tea bowl interior edged in pink diaperwork is centered at the bottom with a barren tree. A work of art to fit in the palm of your hand; tea bowl 2 5/8″ in diameter, the saucer 4 1/4″. Excellent condition. Circa 1730.

Very Fine Arms of Napier Plate #4707

An especially lovely example of Chinese export porcelain made for the English market, this elegant 9″ plate is decorated in famille rose enamels with the arms of Napier of Ballikinrany. The design is centered with a quatrefoil reserve with a European town scene, the family arms rest on the bottom border, and their crest at the top, alternating with two charming scenes within rococo cartouches that are usually associated with the “Valentine pattern” depicting such romantic imagery as a pair of faithful dogs, and a pair doves resting upon Cupid’s quiver while a heart burns upon an altar of love. Very good condition with only a very minor line sealed. Illustrated in Howard’s Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, page 320. Circa 1745.

 

 

 

 

 

Qianlong Period “Eight Immortals” Soup Plate #4729

A real tour-de-force of famille rose decoration, this wonderfully rich and symbolic Chinese export porcelain soup plate is vibrantly painted with a central scene of Mandarin ducks swimming amongst lotus; the ducks a symbol of marital bliss as they mate for life, and the lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity, all encircled by a rim of the Eight Immortals, each upon an emblematic creature riding amongst swirling waves. Exotic imagery indeed, sure to have delighted the European clientele to which it was shipped, despite most of the Chinese symbolism having been lost on their Western audience. 9″ diameter.Very minor rim frits, otherwise excellent condition. Very early Qianlong period, circa 1740-45.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare American Market Vaughan Platter #4712

A great early Chinese export porcelain rectangular platter of octagonal form made for the American market and decorated en grisaille from a service made for Samuel Vaughan and Sarah Hallowell of Boston. The central decoration is based upon a rococo style armorial bookplate designed for Vaughan, and the rim contains vignettes of landscapes and birds upon flowering branches. The grisaille on the interior arms strengthened; rim reserves with somewear.  One of two we have at present (see # 4713).  . 9 1/2″ x 13 1/4″.  Circa 1747. Illustrated in Schiffer’s China for America page 34.

 

 

 

Classic American Ship Part Teaset #4679 Sold

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.

Beautiful Famille Rose Pronk Arbor 6 1/8″ Dish #4675 Sold

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.

 

Yongzheng English Market Mertins-Peck Armorial 4636c

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.

 

 

 

Great Kangxi Charger #4614 Sold

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.

 

Important American Market Mifflin Teawares #4579 (A Few Remaining)

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.

 

 

Company of Bakers Armorial Bowl #4545 SOLD

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.

Pair of Rare Famille Rose Figural Candleholders#4408

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.

 

 

 

 

Yongzheng Dutch Armorial Charger #4492

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.

 


Spectacular Kangxi Vases #4471 SOLD

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.