A Pair 17th Century French Faience Pot Handles, Nevers, circa 1650

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An historically significant pair of French, Nevers, faience handles from a large tree pot

Each mask is surmounted by a laurel hail and by two intertwined dolphin tails forming an arch

These have been saved from a damaged " pot-a-oranger" dating circa 1650

Height 24 cm

Width 16 cm

For an identical example: Brissonneau, Auction 5-11-2019, lot 20

Literature: Camille Leprince, La faience baroque Francaise et les jardines de le notre, Feu et talent, Paris, 2014

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A Pair 17th Century French Faience Pot Handles, Nevers, circa 1650

Early 19th Century Chinese Porcelain Figure on an Hawk

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A large and attractive Chinese flambé glazed figure of an hawk perched on a rock

Dating circa 1820-1830

Height 39 cm

Condition: the beak has been restored for about 4-5 millimetre

Provenance: from an Italian private collection, bearing the label of renowed antiques dealer Petro Accorsi

Flambé or Transmutation glaze was Qing innovation which came about through the Yongzheng emperors interest in various aspects of antiquity.

In 1727 the Jingdezhen potters were commissioned by the court in Beijing to re-create the famous classical Jun wares of the Song period.

The potters at the official workshops were challenged to experiment with new techniques and styles. They came up with shapes, clearly influenced by archaic bronze vessels and a new ware on a porcelain body using three distinctly different glazes, one for the blue inside, one for the red outside and a third for the brownish green applied within the foot-rims. The Iridescent blue, purple, or brown splashes and streaks characteristic of this glaze are described as yao bian, or "transmutation glaze" and resulting from transmutation of colloidal copper, iron, or other metallic materials into suffusions breaking up the glaze surface.

During the Qing dynasty and onwards this Flambé glaze was made in red and with blue and other combinations on a white porcelain body. From the mid-18th century and onwards the red one of those glazes became the standardized Jingdezhen Jun red. A typical feature of these later glazes is they being very fluid in high temperatures so that their bases most often needs grinding after firing, to remove excess glaze. The term is still used by the Jingdezhen potters to describe their standard shiny red monochrome porcelain glazes.

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Early 19th Century Chinese Porcelain Figure on an Hawk

Large 17th Century Savona Blue and White Charger, circa 1675

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A Large and rare North Italian, Savona, maiolica charger dating around 1675.

Decorated in underglaze blue on white background

Depicting Hercules and Omphale

A similar example in the Museum of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Inv. M 627

Diameter 44 cm

Condition: two large pieces have been professionally glued back

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Large 17th Century Savona Blue and White Charger, circa 1675

Mid 17th Century Japanese Arita Lidded Vase

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A mid 17th century blue and white Japanese Arita vase and cover, circa 1670

Height 35 cm

Diameter 24 cm

Condition: an hairline crack has been professionally consolidated; a small hole from a previous usage as wine container has been covered and overpainted

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Mid 17th Century Japanese Arita Lidded Vase

Pair of 17th Century Savona Apothecary jars

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A charming pair of late 17th century (circa 1670) Italian (Savona) maiolica apothecary jars

These " arbarelli", as they are called in Italy, were used in pharmacies and hospitals to store spices and natural remedies

The writing translates as " lettuce seeds" and " cedar extract"

They can easily be converted into a small pair of bedside table lamps

Height 20 cm

Diameter 14 cm

Condition: as expected with maiolica there are several chips and flaking to the glaze which add to their charm

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Pair of 17th Century Savona Apothecary jars

Large 18th Century Chinese Famille Rose Powder-Blue-Ground Baluster Vase

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An impressive powder blue, famille rose, rouge-de-fer and gilt decoration baluster vase with three large leaf-shaped cartouches depicting garden views and several smaller depicting bouquets. The gilding on the blue background very worn, circa 1750. Gilt decorated covers with floral reserves and finial shaped as a foo dog, Qianlong period (1736-1795). (Old restorations the body: The upper side extensively riveted in the 19th century).

Size: Height 73 cm/ 29 in.  Diameter 31 cm/12.2 in.

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Large 18th Century Chinese Famille Rose Powder-Blue-Ground Baluster Vase

18th Century Pair of Blanc de Chine Guanyin Figure

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A rare pair of Chinese Dehua Blanc de Chine Guanyin from the Kangxi period (1662-1722) The Guanyin depicted riding an elephant and the group is standing on a pedestal decorated with flowers. Condition: Perfect.

Size:

8.66 in.H    4.92 in.W  2.76 in.D

22 cm H    12.5 cmW      7 cmD

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18th Century Pair of Blanc de Chine Guanyin Figure

French mid 19th Century Porcelain Elephant

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A rare and large mid 19th century French (Samson) porcelain elephant dating around 1860 after a japanese late 17th century model.

For a similar example see the collection at Burghley House, Stamford, UK, where there is a pair firstly recorded in 1688

Size: height 32 cm , width 32 cm , depth 18 cm

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French mid 19th Century Porcelain Elephant

Large Chinese 18th century Kangxi Blue and White Charger

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An unusual and large Kangxi (1662-1722) blue and white porcelain charger. circa 1700

Its shape takes inspirations from Dutch 17th century silver, probably the basin of an ewer.

Large mushroom shaped kangxi mark at the bottom

Diam: cm 49.5

Condition: restored

Similar examples and literature:

-Hermitage Museum, saint Petersburg (Arapova,1977, p.122)

-Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum (de krahl/Ayers, 1986, p 1023)

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Large Chinese 18th century Kangxi Blue and White Charger

Very Large 17th Century Japanese Arita Blue and White Charger

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An impressively large Japanese Imari porcelain charger dating around 1700 featuring a very dark blue decoration of flowers, the base with several spur marks

Condition: a large hairline crack restored

Size: Diam cm 60, Depth cm 10

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Very Large 17th Century Japanese Arita Blue and White Charger

Large Early 18th Century Dutch Delft Charger, circa 1720

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A beautifully decorated Dutch delft blue and white Charger depicting a warrior holding a flag in a landscape of trees and architectural elements. Dating 1720 circa

Diam cm 33;

Condition: very good, fritting on the rim otherwise perfect

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Large Early 18th Century Dutch Delft Charger, circa 1720

Large Japanese Imari Charger, circa 1720

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Large Early 18th Century Japanese Imari Charger painted in the typical imari palette with underglaze blue and overglaze red and gold depicting a large bouquet of peonies and chrysanthemums in a shaped vase and eight panels: four with white background and four with blue background with flowers and insects.

Diameter: 46cm

Condition: 2 hairline cracks of about 8 and 10 cm at 9h and 11h

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Large Japanese Imari Charger, circa 1720

Late 17th Century Dutch Delft Octagonal Vase

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A finely painted Dutch Delft octagonal bottle/vase dating around 1670/1680 featuring a blue and white decoration highlighted with manganese on a pale blue glaze depicting a typical chinoiserie inspired landscape with people in a rocky and bushy landscape. Beautiful and elaborate transitional style borders

Perfect condition, no restoration, a few small chips on the top as to be expected with period faience. unmarked.

It is glazed on the inside and can therefore be used as a flower vase with water

Size: Height 26 cm, Diameter 8 cm

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Late 17th Century Dutch Delft Octagonal Vase

Rare Pair of Dutch Delft Stove Tiles, circa 1730

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A superb and rare pair of  very finely painted blue and white Dutch Delft stove tiles dating around 1730.

Decorated with a pastoral landscape with naked  greek goddesses resting within a Daniel Marot (1661-1752) inspired baroque cartouche panel.

Retaining their original bricks in the back which makes them rather heavy.

Size: each panel is 15 x 34 cm, 13 cm deep at the widest point.

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Rare Pair of Dutch Delft Stove Tiles, circa 1730

Mid-Late 18th Century Japanese Arita Porcelain Plate

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A medium sized porcelain plate dating around 1770-1780 in perfect condition, the center painted with an attacking shishi lion, his mouth wide open, claws out and well painted tail and mane, the border with rocks, waves and large peonies.

the back undecorated with spur marks

Size: Diameter 33 cm, depth 4 cm

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Mid-Late 18th Century Japanese Arita Porcelain Plate

Very Rare Japanese Imari Lacquered Vase, circa 1700

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Large lidded blue and white Arita jar with applied takamaki-e (raised lacquer sprinkled with gold powder),  and painted decoration depicting four panels, two with cockerels on rocks and two with a Karashishi lion on a mountainous landscaped surmounted by peonies.

Most of the background with applied maki-e ( lacquer sprinkled with gold powder) and a black laquer border.

Edo Period, circa 1690-1730s

Similar examples are in the collection of Augustus the Strong in Dresden and the Kyushu Ceramic Museum.

Very few examples of this kind of vases have survived because of the fragility of the lacquer which easily flakes off; Our vase retains 90-95% of its original decoration and we decided not to have it restored to fully appreciate its original condition.

The lid with old restoration.

Height: 50 cm, diameter 32 cm

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Very Rare Japanese Imari Lacquered Vase, circa 1700

Collection of nine Chinese Blanc De Chine porcelain Foh Dogs, circa 1690

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An impressive collection of nine 17th century Chinese Dehua “Blanc De Chine” foh dogs.

Dating circa 1690 and showing a beautiful melange of white colours (depending on the proportion of kaolin {clay} in the porcelain).

One inscribed on the base:” CITY ART MUSEUM ST LOUIS – MO 1016:40″,  another inscribed five times on the base ” LIAO” in 18th Century characters

Height  1x 36 cm, 1x 22cm, 1 x 19 cm, 3 x 16 cm, 3 x 14 cm

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Collection of nine Chinese Blanc De Chine porcelain Foh Dogs, circa 1690

Large Chinese Sung Dynasty Stoneware Jar, 11th Century

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A Large 11th Century Chinese Martaban Stoneware Jar, Sung Dynasty (960-1279), of ovoid form with a wide almost flat shoulder with three applied lug handles below a short neck and lipped rim. Covered by a lustrous dark brown glaze over a greenish slip pooling unevenly well above the flat base showing the dense red stoneware.

Size: Height 55 cm, Diameter 44 cm

Condition: a chip of circa 3 cm at the neck otherwise very good

Provenance: an old museum inventory number reading ” ORI WA/1412/A inscribed on the base, Sothebys sale Dec 2002, Brighton private collection

Literature: an almost identical jar illustrated in : William Sorsby, 1974, South East Asian and Early Chinese Export Porcelain”, Page 49, Nr 74

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Large Chinese Sung Dynasty Stoneware Jar, 11th Century

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