A very large Chinese imperial porcelain “hundred bats”, baifu, charger painted with iron-red bats in flight amongst fencai stylised ruyi-head clouds in purple, turquoise, blue and yellow enamels, all within a gilt band at the rim, the underside similarly decorated above a gilt band at the foot and beneath an iron-red line at the rim.
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 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.
Pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose semi-eggshell deep dishes, each painted in bright enamels with a standing lady holding an osmanthus branch looking down at a large butterfly, standing beside her an attendant holding a fan with a table, pierced rockwork, daisy and bamboo branches, encircled by branches of peach flower, camellia, pinks and aster.
A Chinese porcelain Large dish painted in famille rose enamels, the centre with a lobed medallion of a seated elegant lady, her robes richly painted in aubergine, green and blue enamels with iron-red and gilt, playing a qin on her lap between a large censer and two vases, one in blue and white enamel, in front of a chest of drawers supporting a stack of books, a gu-form vase with peacock feathers and coral branch, a gilt teapot and tea bowl, all beside two wutong trees, the cavetto with white-enamel scrolling foliate branches on a black cash-diaper ground, encircled by four purple-enamel reserves of flowering peony and four iron-red and gilt floral reserves, all on an oxidised antimony 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 Chinese porcelain famille rose loop-handled cup and semi-eggshell saucer, both painted with a central medallion enclosing two pheasants standing on blue-enamel rockwork, surrounded by overhanging peonies, chrysanthemum and lily, all within a border of peonies, chrysanthemum, peach and pomegranate surrounding three gilt quatrefoil panels enclosing fruits and flowers.
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 famille rose, fencai hexagonal openwork jardinière, with each facet painted on a central roundel with different figures including a seated scholar holding a wine cup between a wine jar and a rockwork bonsai, a standing scholar or immortal holding a long staff beside a crane and beneath a bat, a scholar and his attendant holding a wrapped qin, a seated scholar reaching for his wine jar beneath a bat in flight, and a standing figure with bats emerging from his mouth beside wine jars and an altar table with books and a fisherman carrying his rod and fish basket over his shoulder, all on honeycomb or cash openwork grounds, with elaborate borders of stylised flowerheads each with a puce and blue enamel shou character roundel in the corners and between bands of keyfret and scroll and above bracket feet, the flat everted rim with a further diaper band and stylised roundels.
Pair of Chinese porcelain café au lait ground fencai, famille rose enamelled large saucer dishes, each painted with a central group of flowering orchids issuing from rockwork between branches of bamboo and flowering prunus, beneath butterflies in flight and a branch of flowering chrysanthemum, all within a gilt rim, the reverse with four groups of lingzhi fungus amongst grass also on a café au lait ground.
Pair of Chinese imperial porcelain bowls of almost conical form, each painted on the exterior in fencai, famille rose enamels with butterflies in flight amongst flowering daisy and camellia above grass, the interiors glazed white, the rims with traces of original gilding.
Chinese porcelain fencai, famille rose jardinière of circular deep form with flat everted rim, painted on the exterior in a continuous scene with Zhong Kui, the Demon Queller, riding a piebald horse beside his attendant carrying a chest and wrapped qin, while accompanying his sister, Mei’er, to her wedding, she is seated and being pushed in a wheeled sedan chair, beneath overhanging willow and beside rockwork, beneath the moon and clouds, the base unglazed with an ink three-character mark.
A rare Chinese porcelain baluster shape vase painted in grisaille and iron-red with on the central bulge with five elderly gentlemen examining a scroll (one holding a staff probably Shoulao with attendant carrying a basket), the flared neck with a standing bearded man holding a staff with two boys looking at a jardiniere of scrolls discussing with another gentleman, the reverse with vase of lotus on a table with garden seat and jar on the floor, the base unglazed.
A Chinese-taste porcelain famille rose/verte bottle vase, ping, with pear shaped body and tall cylindrical neck, painted in bright enamels with a continuous scene of a yellow breasted bird perched on a branch of bamboo amongst fruiting and flowering branches, on which a grasshopper sits on one leaf, with three flying insects.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose octagonal plates each painted in the centre with a seated lady with high-piled hair and long flowing robes holding a fan in her left hand, looking down at two standing boys, one holding a book, a stool at her feet, a large vase behind her and a square table at her side with a bowl of finger citrons, a vase with coral branches, fern and lingzhi, beside tied books, all within a border of eight quatrefoil panels enclosing different flowering plants, all on a rich enamel pink ground, the undersides glazed white.
A pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose octagonal plates painted in the centre with a stag running away from two chasing white hounds with black markings, beside a large tree amongst bushes, within an iron red border of petals with gilt scroll edging, the everted rim with eight panels enclosing alternating branches of roses and other flowers with white enamel flowering and fruiting branches, divided by grisaille octagonal diaper, the undersides plain.
A pair of Chinese porcelain famille rose models of seated ladies holding in their arms a baby boy feeding at their breasts, with arms raised and yellow jacket, wearing a turquoise robe, heightened with flowers, the skirt multi-striped, the base unglazed revealing the biscuit foot.
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‘Wucai’ Chinese five coloured wares, predominantly red, green and yellow enamels combined with underglaze blue and the white body.