Chinese porcelain blue and white two-handled vase and cover, the vase of pear-shape form decorated on both sides with panels containing a figure in a fenced garden and auspicious objects, all within a flower-shape cartouche surrounded by lotus and prunus blossoms, all beneath a flower scroll border, the two handles decorated at the top with animal masks and at the bottom with a folded-over leaf, the wide and splayed foot decorated with a geometric triangular band, the base recessed and glazed white, the domed cover decorated with a cartouche containing four auspicious objects amongst four prunus flower sprays, the finial of pointed form.
A fine and rare pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose groups of lovers, each depicting a kneeling gentleman wearing a chilong dragon-medallion robe holding a conical square cup and smiling at a lady standing at his side with her arm over his shoulder, each figure with detailed head dress, the lady with elaborate striped robes and ruyi head yellow-ground shawl.
Chinese porcelain wucai four-tiered square picnic box and cover with indented corners, the cover painted with five crane medallions amongst clouds, each side with two chrysanthemum blooms and foliage and each section interior with two orchids, three bases with a six-character mark of Chenghua in iron-red, the flat white biscuit base unglazed.
Chinese porcelain famille rose saucer dish, painted with the scene ‘Under the Arbour’ with a seated lady and attendants beside a topiary version of a Western architectural garden arch with children at the front and ducks swimming in a pond, framed by foliage, encircled by twelve reserves of butterflies, insects, fruit and flowers on a green-enamel diaper ground with iron-red shells and flowerheads, the underside with an iron-red and purple enamel pendant band.
A pair of Chinese mirror paintings of seated ladies, each resting her arm on rockwork beside an overhanging tree, wearing a long pink robe and blue skirt and holds in her lap a white feathered fan, all in a garden scene on a mirror ground.
A pair of Chine porcelain famille rose European subject fluted tea-bowls and saucers, each painted with a reclining lady with European hairstyle, lying on a bed beside a stack of books, in a fenced terrace scene with a bird perched on a branch, the ladies shoes in the foreground, encircled by six reserves of peony and chrysanthemum on different diaper grounds of iron-red, turquoise and pink enamel, the body fluted beneath a foliate guilt rim, the tea-bowls similarly painted.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose tea-bowls and saucer, each painted in the centre with flowering camellia on branches with two tones of green leaves, within black enamel ruyi head reserves, all on an iron-red ground with prunus, lotus and white peony, the conical tea-bowls similarly painted.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose plates each painted with two cockerels, one standing on blue- enamel rockwork looking at the other, amongst flowering peonies and overhanging flowering buds, within a border of 6 panels of flowering branches in bianco supro bianco, the rim with a turquoise diaper band.
Chinese porcelain blue and white small Kraak saucer moulded and thinly potted with a foliate rim, painted in the centre with a bird standing on rockwork looking up at a butterfly in flight beside an aster and beneath stylised clouds, surrounded by a panel border with fruits, books, flowers, a leaf and a scroll.
Chinese porcelain blue and white kosometsuke deep dish painted in the centre with a scholar crossing a bridge in a river landscape scene beside willow and overhanging rockwork beneath stylised clouds, encircled by moulded registers of lotus petals and large petals with stylised plum flowerheads dispersed between petals of wan characters, the underside with four registers of lotus petals, the base with a double ring in underglaze blue.
Blue and white moulded leaf shape dish on three bracket feet painted in the reverse technique in the form of a single leaf with central spine from which everted striped lines emit, painted with stylised water drops beneath a serrated edge.
Chinese porcelain blue and white kosometsuke large plate painted with Shoulao seated between seven immortals, all identifiable by their attributes, beside a bridge and between overhanging rocks with pine branches, encircled by a border with 39 mons, the underside with two pairs of lozenge and pearls.
Chinese porcelain blue and white kosometsuke octagonal deep bowl painted in the centre with two figures about to cross a bridge towards a viewing pavilion in a mountainous river landscape scene, beneath sprays of bamboo, prunus, pine and a vine on a flat everted rim, the underside plain with two lines above the foot, the rim and inner rim with mushikui (fritting).
Pair of Chinese porcelain blue and white kosometsuke small food bowls in the form of jardinières, each painted on the exterior with nine branches of bamboo beneath stylised leaves on the flat everted foliate rim.
Pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose tobacco leaf tea pots and covers, brightly enamelled with the yellow, turquoise and pink enamel leaves together with underglaze blue leaves.
A Chinese export porcelain famille rose plate painted with ‘La Dame Au Parasol’ after a design by Cornelis Pronk with bird and figural reserves on the elaborate pink ground border, the reverse with eight insects.
A Chinese export porcelain grisaille and gilt decorated Jesuit plate with a scene of the resurrection with an elaborate Rococo border.
A Chinese export porcelain grisaille saucer painted in the centre with a sleeping man next to another man with shield and spear in a landscape scene, with Aphrodite and her son, Eros, pointing a bow and arrow at the men below in a chariot in the clouds drawn by two doves, all encircled by a iron-red and gilt decorative border.
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