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DISH .    28 cm.

Painted with brilliant and strong  FAMILL ROSE  enamels .
In the center a natural scene , with a very-well detailed " mandarin-duck" 
on a turquoise   leaf ,  near  a peony rock.  The well with 8 floral reserves.

Period :       early   QIANLONG ,     ca.  1735 .

Refer. :    " La Famille Rose " ,  Van Goidsenhove , ( 1938 ) , p. 32.

Perfect  condition .

 



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Very large  DISH .       51 cm.

Blue / white  " kraakporcelain " .  The interior boldly painted in deep cobalt-blue with a shaped panel encircling  a natural scene with a  kylin , amongst dynamic rockwork and various blooming flowers . On the large border shaped panels enclosing auspicious objects, geometric patterns and fruit .

Period :         WANLI  MING  :     1576 - 1626  .

Refer.:    " Kraak Porcelain " ,  M.  Rinaldi ,  pl.  90 .

The  KYLIN is a fictional animal in ancient  chinese fairy tale , which represents  luck & happiness .  It's appearance is that of a dragon and a lion.

 

 
 



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VASE  ,    TORTOISE- SHELL .          h :  22 cm.

Sexagonal shape ; composed  in 3 sections,  and 2 ringed handles on both sides. Intricately carved with floral designs on a pierced fond .

Period :     19th  Century .

The shape and the " réticulé-work"  are derived from a Famille Rose original  Qianlong vase, see " Cohen & Cohen catalogue 2007", n° 7.

This is a stunning example of Chinese artistry . Tortoise-shell is an extremely fragil material , and was very impractical in its, because the works of art  had to be produced in sections . But with the Chinese genius for using impractical materials just to meet the challenge they present to the craftsman,they did employ  tortoise shell on very rare occasion . The present vase is a  rare and splendid example of it ;  and in 100% perfect condition .



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The 3  PRONK  Famille Rose designs .

( from left to right )  :

" La dame au parasol " 

" The Doctor's Visit " 

"  Het Prieeltje " 



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BOWL .       18 cm.

Very finely modelled  in lianzi shape.  On both in- and outside a yellow ground , on which are applied :  aubergine & green enamels  to  enhance floral motifs.

Aporcryf 6-charactermark in kaishu , of Jiajing  .

Period :     TRANSITIONAL  ,     ca.  1640 .

Provenance:  " Chinese Ceramics in the Carl KEMPE Collection ,  
                       B Gyllensvard  ( 1984 )  ,l.  841.

                      Bought by the previous owner  at :  Sotheby's Paris  ,
                      " Céramiques Chinoises " ,  12 /06/ 2008 , cat.  n° 2.

This is a very rare collector's item, with a famous provenance .
Perfect  condition .



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PLATE .      23 cm.

Painted in " grisaille ", hightened in gilt, with the religious scene of " The Nativity " ,  showing " the adoration of the Shepherds ", Mary seated to the child's left in front of 2 oxen and a donckey . The floral border of wags and foliage.

Period :       ca.   1745 .

Refer.:  " Chinese Export Porcelain " ,  R.Marchant 2015 , n° 31.
             " China for the West " ,  Howard & Ayers , vol. I , n° 312.

The Nativity is  part of a set of  5 ( along with The Crucifixion  and The  Resurrection " ) , produced for the ducth market , which are taken from an early 18th century Lutheran bible with prints by the Amsterdam poet and engraver Jan Luyken ( 1649 - 1712 ) .

Perfect condition  ( slight wear on the border , and a very slight chip on the backside) .

 



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Large   DISH .       36 cm.

Blue /  white.  " ombélique" model, with  middle-circle medaillon  in relief, decorated with a " court -scene" . In the middle,  the 4 flowers representing " the 4 seasons" . On the rim a continuous  scene with personnages.  

Period :        KANGXI :      1662 - 1723 .

Refer.:    A similar dish , but with slighty another theme ,was sold at : 
              " Chinese Ceramics from the Metropolitan  Museum of Art " ,
                Christie's  New York ,   15/09/2016 ,  cat.   854.

Perfect  condition .



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2 MINIATURE  PLATES .         16       9     cm.

Painted in perfectly well  executed underglaze-blue .

Illustrating the pattern  " la dame au Parasol ", after Cornelius PRONK.

Period :       QIANLONG  ,       ca.  1735 - 1738 .

Both in perfect  condition .

 

Very rare PRONK items .

 



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PAIRE  OF  PLATES .       23 cm.

Octagonal  rim indented at the moulded corners.  Decorated in Famille Rose, illustratin " floating flowers & plants,  predominently " pomegranate & hibiscus " .  The design is known as " Pseudo Tobacco Leaf  " .

Period :      QIANLONG   :    ca.   1770 .

Refer.:  " China for the West " ,  Howard & Ayers , II , nrs.  555 & 556 .
            "  Chinese Ceramic Trade in the British Museum " , R. Krahl &
               J. Harrisson,  p. 143 .

Perfect  condition .

    



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104. 

COFFEE- CUP  &  SAUCER .

Painted in deep  underglaze-blue, illustrating " La Dame au Parasol ", from Cornelius Pronk .

Period :    QIANLONG  ,    ca.  1738 .

This is probably  from the last order for this pattern, brought to Amsterdam  in 1739  , on the " Hogensmilde" .  The pattern has been simplified for small objetcs like this one , f.e. the cell border lacks the figural and bird cartouches .

Very  rare PRONK  item  ;  " starcrack" on the saucer .



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OVAL   DISH .       25 x 22 cm.

Decorated in the IMARI palet , illustrating in the center " La dame au parasol" , after Cornelius Pronk .  The large rim- section  in " vannerie-technic" : the rim has been pierced,with freehand cutting : the pierced basketwork studded with appliqué blue  flowers.

Period :       ca. 1735 - 1740 .

This dish is extremely rare,  no other speciman  ,with a Pronk-design on a pierced-work plate  is known or recorded. Pronk orders were already  very expensif to produce for the VOC,  but on top of that ,  orders  with " piercing work"  must  have been out of every reasonable cost , and it required incredible skill from the potter : the reason why it was very quickly abandoned .

100% perfect  condition.



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The backside of the " pierced-work " Pronk  oval dish.



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TEAPOT  and his  STAND . 

FAMILLE ROSE .    Very complex composition .  The decoration with petal-shaped  reserves of  a coq , a deer, a fish ,a bird .  In high relief we see 2 stems - with leaf and seed-pod - enveloping the teapot , and the stand .

Period :        early   QIANLONG :      1735 - 1790 .

Bought by the previous owner ,  by the famous late monsieur Lucien Vigneau,a very well known and famous Paris dealer, in the 60' s .

This is in 100% perfect condition . A very rare collector's set .



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PLATE .     Compagnie des Indes .       23 cm.

Painted in  very  bright  FAMILLE  ROSE .   The central scene depicting Apollo playing his lyre , seated beside his muse  Daphné ,in  nature . The rim with finely painted sprays of peony and chrysantemum.

Period :      YONGZHENG :  1723 - 1735 .

Refer.:  " La Porcelaine des Compagnie des Indes à décor occidental " , 
               fig. 13.62, where it is classified " Rs" = rarissime.

            " Ionides Gift to the British Museum ", in 1963 , n° 0422.22.

            " Chine de Commande ,Zeeuws Museum " ,  L. Scheurleer, 224.

            " The MILLER Collection ",  Christie's, 21/01/2016,  cat. 74.

Very rare  plate , perfect  condition .

 
              
 



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Small   BOWL .      10 cm.

Deep rounded sides, molded on the exterior with a pattern of 4-petaled flowers reserved on a granular ground ; the base with a flower-head ; all splashed in green, amber and green .

Period :         TANG  dynasty :    618 - 906 .

Provenance:   the F.  De Smet Collection  ( Aalst ) .

Refer.:  " The M. Greenwald Collection  : 2000 Years of Chinese Ceramics"
               catal.  1996 ,  n° 18.

             " The Golden Age of Chinese Art " , Tokyo 1966,  pl. 61.

              " Chinese Art from the Collection of the Hon. Hugh Scott " ,
                Washington College ,   1968 ,  n°  84.

Perfect  condition .
 



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             KRAAK PORCELAIN   with  the   EGRET  mark.
                               WANLI    MING   :  1576 - 1626  
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The egret  ( or stork ) is the only mark to appear exclusively on  Wanli Kraak ware. This mark always appears on better than average pieces, with well defined moulded designs and carefull painting. The cobalt is consistently deep blue with silvery shades . These characteristics, along with the rarity of wares bearing the "egret" mark, indicate that this group of porcelain was made  only in one particular kiln . Only  45  egret-marked wares  are known, and even located .( f.e.:  3 are in the Topkapi Saray Museum, 1 in the Kobe City Museum  in Japan , 4 in the USA , 23  in the Netherlands , 3 in France  . By division into groups, there are 5 "klapmutsen" , 11 saucers  from 9 cm diam , and the remainder are dishes of approx. 20 cm diam , among which the ones with " border type VI , of which there exsists  17  .
In her book " Kraak Porcelain ",  Maura RINALDI ( 1996 )  has a chapter devoted entirely to " egret-marked "  porcelain :  p. 195 - p.208 , with pictures of most of them .
By our knowledge, there has been only 1 " egret-marked " dish in public auction  during the last decade:  "  Asian Art " , Amsterdam : 20/5/2008 , catal. n° 9 ( the design in the center was a reclining horse) .
Two others were included in : " Ming Blue & White ",  Marchant & Son ( UK),exhibition catal. 2004 , nrs. 42 - 43.

The " egret" bird is symbol of longevity .


 


   

 

   



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DISH bearing an  EGRET Mark .       22 cm.

The dish has a bracket-lobed rim with 10 sections in relief  , and very finely modelled. Painted with extremely deep underglaze-blue. The central scene with a pair of ducks : one floating ,watched by the other,standing on a pinetree rock . All enclosed by 10  radiating lappets  containing floral groupings and flying insects . The reverse decorated with similar lappets ; in the center  the  " EGRET " mark .

Period :          WANLI  MING :     1576 - 1626 .

Refer.  :    " Kraak Porcelain ",  Mauro Rinaldi , p.200,where a very similar
                 dish is illustrated, from the " Trustees of the Victoria & Albert 
                 Museum, London  ( Inv. C 792-1917 ) .

Excellent condition ;  1 hairline of  2 cm on the rim .

Very rare collector's  item .
 

In het book " Kraak Porcelain ", ( 1989 ) ,  mrs. Rinaldi classifies 45 known pieces of "kraak porcelain" with the egret mark, all of which were most likely produced in the same private kiln. The author notes that this mark appears almost exclusively on "kraak" wares of above- average quality .
 

 



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SAUCER     bearing   the   EGRET  MARK .     10 cm.

The deep  small bowl  very finely modelled with straight rim.

On the foreside a blue & white decoration  of  a " double-gourde " and tassels.  On the backside a monochrome heavenly  blue fond of very even tone ; in the center  an egret mark in underglaze-blue.

Period :  WANLI  MING  :   1600 - 1605 .

Provenance:  the Mauro RINALDI Collection ,  illustrated in het book :
                      " Kraak Porcelain ",  pl. 267 / a .

Extremely rare  , only 2 such " blue-black" Ming dishes are known .  On top of it, the quality is outstanding , and the egret mark completes the rarety .

Excellent condition except for a rim  glaze-  crack of 2 cm and a few tiny rimfrits.
 

 

 



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The backside of the " egret marked " small saucer  from the Rinaldi Collection .



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LARGE    COMPOTIER .         36 cm.

Blue/ white. Central motif:  a lion and a pale-blue  elephant drinking from  a waterfall rushing down from a rock ; on the rim  4  floral branches.

Period :     MING  dynasty ,   ca. 1550 - 1580  

Refer.:   A very identical  compotier is illustrated  in :
           " Chinese Ceramics in the TOPKAPI Saray Museum ", Istanbul ,
              Krahl & Ayers , tome II ( 1986 )  ,   color plate 928.

           " Ardebil Shrine : Iran Bastan Museum " , Pope , 1956 , pl. 91.
 

Very rare  subject .  Perfect condtion  ( very minor rim frtis ) .
               
 



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