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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.

 

 

 

Scalloped Blue Fitzhugh Dishes #4467 SOLD

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.

Rare Famille Rose VOC Plate #4438 SOLD

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.

Pair of Yongzheng Soup Plates #4470

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.

Fine Sepia Fitzhugh for the American Market #4464 SOLD

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.

Available after April 25th.

Japanese Hirado Water Droppers #4459 SOLD

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.

 

 

 

Fine English Armorial, The Arms of Pigot #4446

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.

 

American Ship Cup #4347 SOLD

A very nicely painted Chinese export porcelain handled coffee or chocolate cup made for the American market, featuring a ship with sails furled, flying two American flags. Great enamels, minor restoration to rim.  2 1/2″ tall.  Circa 1790-1800.

 

 

European Subject #4359 SOLD

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.

 

 

 

 

Extremely Rare Yongzheng Desk Set #4327

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.

Raspberry FitzHugh Plate #3677

A very fine example of the chinese export FitzHugh pattern in one of the rarest and most desirable of colors! Richly painted in raspberry enamel and gilded this 8″ plate is in excellent condition and dates to the last quarter of the 18th Century.

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Armorial Holborne Plate #3644

Armorial Plate Bearing the Arms of Holborne

This rare armorial bears images of Portsmouth on one side and the Pearl river on the other. In between these two is what was then called Madras. $2,850.

#3644

Turquoise Ground Vase Lamp #3996

The sophisticated palette of famille rose enamels against a soft turquoise ground is played out with this fine depiction of exotic birds amongst branches of flowering prunes. Early 19th Century. 16″ tall.

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Bronze Glazed Vase Lamp #3995

Bronze Glazed Vase

This early 20th century Chinese porcelain vase has a strikingly contemporary feel with its elongated silhouette and sophisticated glaze resembling a rich brown bronze patination. 19″ tall.

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Copper Red Lamp #3993

Large Copper Red Vase as Lamp

This striking mid-Qing lamp has been mounted by Blanchfields with a custom base and shade. With shade it measures 27-1/4 inches tall. The vase measures 14″ tall and 11″ inches wide.

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Arita Tankard with Mounts #8913 SOLD

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.

 

 

16″ Arita Charger #3988 SOLD

Arita Charger

A fine and early Japanese Arita Charger decorated in underglaze blue with a basket of flowers with in a meandering vine border. 16″ in diameter, excellent condition circa 1680.

#3988

FitzHugh Platter #3689

Fitzhugh Platter

from the service made for Edward and Ann Renshaw Thomson with initials EAT a leading merchant in the Philadelphia China Trade. See Philadelphia and the China Trade pg. 152

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American Watson Service #3889

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.

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Spooner Soups #4074

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.

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