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Pair of Antique Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Vases$14,200.00
This exquisite pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain vases have an overall scrolling vines design.
A band of ruyi-shaped floral patterns adorns the top of each vase. Around the base are ogival lotus panels.
Lion-head handles are found on the two sides.
This pair of dynamic vases blends earlier vine scroll decoration with a Qing vessel shape.
Made in the Qing dynasty, in the second half of the 19th century, they measure 18 inches tall
x 8 inches at the widest point.
Two Pairs of Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Dishes 18th Century$3,100.00
Made in the Qianlong Era circa 1770, these remarkable Chinese blue and white porcelain dishes were hand painted in an exquisite combination of soft and deep cobalt blues.
The pure white porcelain base is covered with a glaze of a slightly blueish tint.
Because they are hand-painted, each dish has an individual character through subtle variations in the details.
On the pair of dishes in the center, delicate peonies unfurl near a single chrysanthemum.
The dishes have four panels on the border, each showing elegant branches with beautiful plum blossoms.
The total effect is delightful!
Deeply rooted In Chinese tradition, the beautiful flowers on these dishes have symbolic meanings.
Much loved for their bold size and colors, peonies are known as the flower of “riches and honor (fuguihua),”
The cherished chrysanthemum, cultivated in China for three millennia, symbolizes both longevity and intellectual achievements, its allure transcending time.
While the plum blossoms, with their enduring bloom in the harshness of late winter, embody the virtues of resilience, purity, and optimism.
The undersides of these two dishes are marked in the center with the open lozenge, one of the revered Eight Precious Things*, and a symbol of good fortune and abundance.
Also, painted on the underside along the border, we see a traditional pair of scrolling vines (see image#12).
Taking center stage on the left and right dishes, a traditional garden tableau unfurls.
We see flowers before a garden fence, buds emanating from rockwork, and plum blossoms near a bamboo screen.
The scene encapsulates the essence of an 18th-century Chinese garden.
On the reverse, once again, we see the traditional pair of scrolling vines gracing the border.
Dimensions: 8.5″-8.75″ in diameter x 1″ in height
*”The Eight Precious Things are general symbols of good luck and prosperity in Chinese art.” See Chinese Art A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery by P B Welch, pg 228.
Pair Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Ginger Jars 19th Century Hand Painted$4,820.00
This pair of Chinese Blue and White ginger jars were hand painted in the late 19th century during the Qing Dynasty transitional Tongzhi-Guangxu period. The jars are decorated in cobalt blue with an allover plum blossom pattern reserved in white against a deep blue ground. Against this deep blue background, the delicate white blossoms create an exquisite contrast that captivates the viewer’s gaze.
The exquisite plum blossom pattern was one of the favorite patterns of the Kangxi Emperor. (reign 1661–1722 ) and has been sought after ever since.
The covers have matching decoration and traditional round finials painted deep blue.
The bases show the double circle mark. During the reign of Emperor Yongzheng, who reigned from 1722 to 1735, the double blue circle mark was often used on imperial porcelain or high-quality ceramics. Since then, this mark has been a symbol of high quality in Chinese porcelain. These jars encapsulate the finest qualities of Chinese porcelain, blending artistic beauty, historical significance, and superb craftsmanship.
Dimensions: 12.75″ tall x 8.5″ diameter at widest point x 5.5″ diameter across base
References for images and information on Chinese porcelain with similar prunus decoration on blue ground see Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Ginger jar, unknown maker, 1683 – 1710, Jingdezhen, China. Museum no. C.820&A-1910. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. And, Chinese Blue and White Porcelain by Duncan Macintosh, pg 71, plate 51.
Set Six Large Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Plates Hand-Painted Kangxi Era$9,600.00
This set of six blue and white Chinese porcelain dishes was hand-painted 300 years ago, circa 1700, during the Kangxi dynasty. According to Sir Harry Garner, author of Oriental Blue and White, “The Kangxi blue and white reached a technical excellence that has never been surpassed.” These dishes are of the rare “double dinner” size, 11″ in diameter. The dishes are each hand painted in a vibrant deep cobalt blue. We see a rocky outcropping with a pair of songbirds, beautiful peonies in full bloom, and a delicate flowering plum tree. The effect is gorgeous! The crisp cobalt blue border has intricate patterning with panels showing a single peony separated by scrolling vines and floral decoration.
This decorative style was especially popular during the early Kangxi period.*
On the underside, the dishes have the Chinese Kangxi Era square or “Fret” mark inside a double circle in underglaze blue. A traditional Chinese scene can be beautiful and also convey symbolic meaning. Peonies symbolize female beauty, royalty, wealth, and honor in Chinese tradition and have long been adored for their bold size and beautiful colors. The plum tree flowers early in the spring, announcing the end of winter and the rebirth of nature. Hence, it symbolizes endurance and hope.
Dimensions:11″ in diameter x 1″ tall
* Blue and white shards painted with rocks and floral subjects have been excavated from Kangxi era Jingdezhen private kiln sites and early 18th-century Chinese shipwrecks sunk in the South China Sea.
Six Blue and White Dishes Chinese Porcelain Hand Painted Kangxi Era, circa 1700$5,800.00
This set of six blue and white Chinese porcelain dishes was hand-painted 300 years ago, circa 1700, during the Kangxi dynasty. According to Sir Harry Garner, author of “Oriental Blue and White,” “The Kangxi blue and white reached a technical excellence that has never been surpassed.” The dishes are hand painted in tones of cobalt blue. Flowers are everywhere! Delicate flowering plum trees, beautiful peonies, and lotus flowers in full bloom, The effect is gorgeous! On the underside, the dishes have the Chinese square “Fret” mark or the artemisia leaf mark inside a double circle in underglaze blue.
Dimensions: 9.7″ diameter
Condition: Small edge frits invisibly restored
Antique 17th Century Chinese Blue and White Plate Made circa 1660$780.00
This 17th-century blue and white Chinese dish is bursting with energy. Made circa 1660, it is beautifully painted in the Kraak style.
The plate was painted in two steps: an artist created an outline for each panel. Then, using the outline, the painters completed the dish. The cobalt blue goes beyond the outlines, creating beautiful deep blues filling the spaces. Our dish is painted in a typical Chinese Kraak form. It has wide rims with eight petal-shaped panels framing a central medallion. The center shows flowers before a seascape. Each of the eight panels offers flowers and geometric designs. The underside of the plate is decorated in cobalt blue with a simple flower and vine pattern around a double circle. Inside the circle, we see one of the “Eight Treasures.”
Dimensions: 8.5″ diameter
Pair Large Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Chargers Kangxi Era, circa 1700$12,500.00
This pair of extraordinary chargers is hand-painted in a combination of beautifully soft and dark cobalt blue. In the center, we see a pair of splendid phoenixes, a male and a female, chasing each other across the sky. The male flies above with his head turned to look at the female. Peonies float between them. This dynamic mythical scene is exciting and exquisite.
In Chinese tradition, both peonies and phoenixes have important symbolic meanings. Peonies symbolize royalty, rank, wealth, and honor and are much loved for their bold size and colors. A phoenix is said to appear only during the reign of a righteous emperor. That association with peaceful and benevolent times means that a phoenix symbolizes a wish for prosperity and righteousness.*
A band of dark blue bat-form design encircling the central scene reinforces the symbolic wish for good fortune and happiness.
The underside of each dish has the Artemesia leaf mark and is of the Kangxi period (see images).
Dimensions: 13.8″ in diameter x 2.5″ in height
Condition: Excellent with the very, very slightest rubbing to the edges
Antique Chinese Porcelain Blue and White Small Vase$760.00
This delicate Chinese blue and white bud vase was made in the early 18th century circa 1720. Hand-painted in shades of cobalt blue, it shows peonies emanating from rockwork. The vase has an elegant, slender form that rises to a flared lotus form rim. It is supported on an oval-shaped foot. The body has a milky-white glaze, which crackled when fired (see image #s 2.5.6)
Dimensions: 5″ in height x 2.6″ across x .8″ deep
Condition: Excellent with the very, very slightest roughness on the upper edge.
Six Blue and White Chinese Porcelain Dishes Kangxi Era Made c-1700$5,800.00
These six beautiful Chinese blue and white porcelain dishes were painted in the Kangxi era circa 1700. Hand-painted using both soft and dark cobalt blue, each dish is very slightly different from the others in the set. The decoration is exquisite. At the center of each dish, there are two flowering peonies emanating from rockwork. On the border surrounding the peonies are other flowers including chrysanthemums, and plum blossoms. These dishes have meaning in Chinese tradition. Peonies are much loved for their bold size and colors. They are known as the flower of “riches and honor.”* Chrysanthemums symbolize abundance, while plum blossoms symbolize endurance and hope*. The dishes are molded, and the border of each plate is fluted in a pattern similar to the petals on a flower. The total effect is delightful.
Dimensions: 8″ in diameter x 1” in height
Condition: Excellent with minor frits on the foot of each dish
*See “Chinese Art A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery” by P B Welch.
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