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Marine, China Trade & Historical Americana Auction - Day 2Platinum House
590 lots | 582 with images
August 18, 2013Live Auction
93 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH, 03801 USA
Lot 600: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN BLUE AND WHITE 'TWO DEER IN A LANDSCAPE' DISH, TRANSITION PERIOD, 1620-82; AND A SIMILAR 'KRAAK' PORCELAIN DISH, POSSIBLY JINGDEZHEN, 1640-45.
Description: The rim of the first painted with alternating butterflies, flower stems and beads, diameter 6 inches; the second painted in Wanli style, the unmolded rim with alternating panels of peach sprays and beaded pendants, the reverse divided into four sections each enclosing three dots and a dash, diameter 7 ½ inches.Literature: A dish similar to the second, and from the Hatcher Cargo, is discussed and illustrated in Maura Rinaldi, "Kraak Porcelain," p. 91, pl. 75.
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Description: Each painted in underglaze-blue in the center with a floral roundel surrounded by three flowering and fruiting branches, the reverse glazed in cafe au lait, each with paired fish mark within a double circle in underglaze-blue. Diameter 8 ¼ inches.
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Description: Painted in underglaze-blue, iron-red and gold with flowering peonies and chrysanthemums, the porcelain rings above the handle fitted with a metal hinge to affix the matching cover. Height 6 ⅛ inches.
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Description: Painted in underglaze-blue, iron-red and gold on either side of the pear-shaped body and cover with a bird, flowering peonies and bamboo in a rockwork garden. Height 8 inches.Provenance: The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III, affixed with a B.F. Edwards Collection paper label, n. 2090.
Description: Each painted in underglaze-blue, iron-red and gold with peonies growing from rockwork in a fenced garden. Height of guglet 9 ¾ inches, diameter of basin 10 ⅝ inches. Provenance: Christie's, New York, June 2-3, 2005, Sale 1528, lot 469; the Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III, each affixed with a B.F. Edwards Collection paper label, the guglet n. 2473 and the basin n. 2160.
Description: Painted with a boy running on a terrace and another posing with a stick, surrounded on the reverse by a leaf and berry vine, grassy mark in underglaze-blue. Diameter 6 ¾ inches.
Description: Painted with a continuous view of mothers and cavorting children in a garden, six-character mark in underglaze-blue. Height 9 ¼ inches.
Description: Reserved on one side with a lobed panel enclosing boys playing a game and on the other with two boys attanding an elder astride a dragon, double circle mark in underglaze-blue; fitted with a pierced hardwood cover and stand. Height of vase 7 ¼ inches.
Description: Each painted in the center with a peony spray and four floral sprigs, the cavetto with a trellis diaper band interrupted by lozenge-shaped floral panels, the rim with a 'Fitzhugh'-type border. Diameter 9 inches.
Description: Each painted with a boy riding a water buffalo behind an attendant and accompanied by a spotted dog, the rim surrounded by a border of flowers and leaves within a scalloped edge. Diameter 9 inches.
Description: Painted on the exterior with two views of a couple conversing in a garden within a molded barbed lobed panel and alternating with molded roundels enclosing lotus sprays, the ground strewn with butterflies, flower and fruit sprigs, the interior with a peony spray, a cell diaper border at the rim interrupted by panels of inverted lotus beneath the honey-brown edge. Diameter 10 ½ inches.Affixed with an old label inscribed "This bowl held the water with which the children of M. Gent. Alex.r Boulton (?) were christened."
Description: The first painted with a pair of exotic birds in a stylized garden, the second depicting a similar garden. Lengths 12 ¼ inches.
Description: Painted with a continuous view of a figure in a pavilion, bridge, sampans, distant buildings and mountains. Height 4 inches. Together with a Canton porcelain blue and white trivet depicting a similar view. (2)
Description: Diameter 8 ½ inches.
Description: Diameters 10 to 10 ¼ inches.
Description: Painted and gilt with peonies, prunus and chrysanthemums alternating with cobalt-blue overlapping panels of gilt flowers and vinery, unmarked; now fitted for electricity. Height of vase 12 ½ inches.
Description: Finely painted on the front with a pair of birds perched in the branches of a flowering tree above peony and citron blossoms, the reverse with insects hovering above a pair of shore birds beside a pond and grasses; now fitted for electricity. Height of vase 13 ½ inches.
Lot 617: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE OCTAGONAL SOUP PLATE FROM THE SCHUYLER AND VAN RENSSELAER SERVICE, 1735-50.
Description: Painted and gilt with a boy holding a flower, astride a water buffalo and accompanied by a calf on a grassy plateau, on the opposite shore a pair of ducks with one in flight, the rim surrounded by a European scroll border. Width 8 ¾ inches.Literature: For an illustration of a plate, tureen and salt see Jean McClure Mudge, "Chinese Export Porcelain in North America," p. 158, pl. 245.
Lot 618: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE PLATE FROM THE ALEXANDER AND ELIZABETH SCHUYLER HAMILTON SERVICE, 1740-60.
Description: Painted with two curly-fleeced sheep on a grassy plateau, standing and recumbent beneath a flowering peony, in the distance a peninsula and mountains. Diameter 9 inches.Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, financier and political theorist. He was Aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and after the war was elected to the Continental Congress from New York. A Constitutional lawyer, Hamilton wrote about half of the "Federalist Papers," and also founded the Federalist Party. In 1780 he married Elizabeth Schuyler (1757-1854), of Albany, New York, daughter of wealthy businessman General Philip Schuyler and from one of the most prominent families in the state of New York.Literature: For an illustration of a plate see Mudge, p. 158, pl. 246.
Lot 619: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER III SERVICE, 9TH PATROON, ALBANY, NEW YORK, 1810-25.
Description: Painted in purple enamels and gold in the center with a roundel enclosing a butterfly, the well and rim each surrounded by a border of dense blossoming peonys within gilt bands. Diameter 9 ¾ inches.Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764-1839) was a descendant of the seventeenth century Van Rensselaers, called "The Patroon" of which he was the last. He was a 1782 graduate of Harvard College, and in 1783 he married Margarita Schuyler (1758-1802), daughter of General Philip Schuyler. He served in the New York State Assembly (1789) and Senate (1791), as lieutenant governor of New York State (1795), general of the state militia, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1822-29). Family tradition states that the service descended in the Turnbull family through Cornelia Paterson Van Rensselaer, second wife of Robert Turnbull.Literature: For an illustration of a reticulated stand from this service, see Mudge, p. 226, pl. 377.
Lot 620: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE SOUP PLATE FROM THE PHILIP VAN RENSSELAER AND MARIA SANDERS SERVICE, CHERRY HILL, ALBANY, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1760.
Description: Finely painted with a river landscape view of a pavilion and scattered small buildings on a peninsula before mountains, and with an island and mountains in the distance, within an outward pointing spearhead border at the cavetto, the rim with a European lotus and leafy scroll border. Diameter 8 ⅞ inches.Philip Van Rensselaer (1747-1798) served two terms as alderman for the Ward of Albany in 1776 and 1882. He was appointed storekeeper by General Schuyler, in charge of ordnance and military supplies. He married Maria Sanders (1750-1825) in 1768. By 1790 his farm, Cherry Hill, approached one thousand acres and included a tannery, brew house and malt house. A successful merchant and importer of West Indian goods, he kept a store in Albany and shipped cargoes up and down the river, including produce cultivated at his farm.Literature: A platter is illustrated in David Sanctuary Howard, "New York and the China Trade," p. 68, A14, where the author notes that "The platter is the only known piece of its service." It has been in the Van Rensselaer house at Cherry Hill "since colonial times" and is possibly from the first dinner service used by the family in 1768.
Lot 621: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE OVAL PLATTER FROM THE DEWITT CLINTON SERVICE, NEW YORK, 1796-1810.
Description: Painted and gilt with a view of figures strolling in a peninsula before walled pavilions in a river landscape, within an outward pointing spearhead border, the rim gilt with the initials "DWMC" in foliate script and surrounded by the Eight Daoist Immortals. Length 11 ¼ inches.This platter is from a dinner service made for DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) and his wife Maria (Franklin) Clinton, possibly on the occassion of their marriage in 1796. Notable events in DeWitt Clinton's long and distinguished political career include his service as a brigadier-general in the American Army during the Revolutionary War, his terms in the New York State Senate (1798-1802) and the United States Senate (1802-03); his mayorship of New York City (1803-15); his candidacy for President of the United States, running unsuccessfully against James Madison in 1808; and his three terms as Governor of New York from 1817 to 1823, and then again from 1825 until his death. He was instrumental in effecting the completion and opening of the Erie Canal during his final term as Governor in 1825.Howard notes that the inspiration for the design probably originated from the Philip van Rensselaer service.Literature: See Howard, "New York and the China Trade," p. 113, C66; Mudge, p. 163, cl. pl. 257; Elinor Gordon, "Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain," cl. pl. XVI; and Thomas V. Litzenburg, Jr. and Ann T. Bailey, "Chinese Export Porcelain in the Reeves Center Collection at Washington and Lee University," pp. 146-47, cat. n. 138.
Lot 622: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE PLATE, THE WENTWORTH FAMILY, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Description: Painted with two curly-fleeced sheep on a grassy plateau, standing and recumbent beside a rocky outcropping and under a flowering peony, the rim with three floral sprays. Diameter 8 ⅞ inches.
Lot 623: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE PLATE FROM THE SAMUEL ALLYNE OTIS SERVICE, BOSTON, 1760-80.
Description: Painted and gilt with a boy riding a water buffalo in shallow water with a calf swimming behind, approaching a pavilion and with a pagoda and mountains in the distantance, the rim with four peony and prunus sprays within a scalloped and barbed edge. Diameter 9 ⅛ inches.Literature: For a discussion and illustration of a soup plate that descended in the Otis family, see "'A Choice Sortment:' Ceramics from New England," pp. 13 and 15.
Lot 624: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN TEABOWL FROM THE JOSEPH AND ELIZABETH PEABODY SERVICE, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1795.
Description: Painted in green, puce, black enamels and gold with an elaborate ribbon-tied oval draped with rose boughs and enclosing the initials "JEP," suspended from three medallions, two draped with green and gold husk chains, further painted with a rose spray and floral sprigs, surrounded at the wavy rim edge with a conforming gold and black chain border, the interior painted in underglaze-blue with a 'Fitzhugh'-type and cell-patterned border centering a molded notched band. Diameter 3 ⅛ inches.Literature: See Herbert, Peter and Nancy Schiffer, "China for America: Export Porcelain of the 18th and 19th Centuries," p. 156.
Lot 625: PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN SOUP PLATES FROM THE COMMANDER JOHN STEPHAN DECATUR SERVICE, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1800.
Description: Each painted in the center in sepia enamel and gold with a three masted ship, the rim surrounded by a scallop shell and seaweed border. Diameter 9 ½ inches.Decatur was a quartermaster at the Portsmouth Naval Station from 1820-28. A soup tureen and cover from this service was sold at Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 18-19, 2007, lot 949.
Lot 626: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN SAUCER, PROBABLY FROM THE MARTIN ROOT SERVICE, MONTAGUE, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1795.
Description: Painted in sepia, iron-red, grisaille and gold with a fully-rigged ship flying the American flag on the stern and a red and white striped flag on the bow, within a leafy chain border, the rim encircled by a gilt dotted blue band edged with husks and dots. Diameter 5 ⅝ inches.Literature: A dessert plate and sugar bowl known to have once belonged to Martin Root, who lived in Montague in the eighteenth century, are discussed and illustrated in Litzenburg, Jr. and Bailey, p. 211, n. 213; a coffee cup and saucer from this service are illustrated in David Sanctuary Howard and John G. Ayers, "China for the West," vol. I, p. 226, n. 225.
Lot 627: RARE PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN CHESTNUT BASKETS AND LINERS BEARING THE ARMS OF CHRISTOPHER GORE, WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1800-1810.
Description: Each basket painted on either side and the liner in the center in blue and black enamels and gold with a gilt-starred blue shield enclosing the initial "G," beneath the crest of a closed helmet and pendant husk swags, the rims surrounded by a wide Nanking border, the shell handles heightened in gilding. Lengths 9 ½ and 9 ⅜ inches.Christopher Gore (1758-1827) was a 1776 graduate of Harvard College, was Governor of Massachusetts from 1809 to 1810, and Senator between 1814 and 1816.
Lot 628: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ARMORIAL OCTAGONAL SOUP PLATE FROM THE ELIAS MORGAN SERVICE, HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, 1786-95.
Description: Painted in blue, green, sepia and black enamels and gold with the arms and crest of Morgan, inscribed "Elias Morgan" in script beneath the shield flanked by palm fronds, the cavetto surrounded by a blue dotted florette chain, the rim with a border of blue scallops and gilt husks on a blue band. Width 9 ⅝ inches.Literature: Howard, "CAP," vol. I, p. 747, W3; a discussion regarding both services, and an illustration of a plate from John Morgan's service, is in David Sanctuary Howard, "The Choice of the Private Trader," p. 102, n. 96.
Description: Comprising a teapot and cover, sugar bowl and cover, helmet-form cream jug, waste bowl, 8 teabowls and 8 saucers, 10 coffee cans and 13 saucers; each painted in sepia enamel and gold in the center or on the sides with a scallop shell and seaweed, and surrounded by matching borders. Height of teapot 5 ½ inches. (43)Oliver Wolcott Jr. (1760-1833) was a graduate of Yale, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1781. In 1789 he was appointed Auditor of the Federal treasury, promoted by George Washington to Comptroller in 1791 and in 1795 succeeded Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury. After resigning this position in 1800 he moved to New York City and opened Oliver Wolcott & Company in 1802, and began trading with China in 1804. After ending his import-export business in 1810 he became director of the Bank of the United States and then president and co-founder of the Bank of America. He moved back to Litchfield, Connecticut in 1815, and was elected governor of Connecticut in 1817. He was the last surviving member of Washington's cabinet.
Lot 630: RARE CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN 'FAIRMOUNT PARK, PHILADELPHIA' TEACUP AND SAUCER, CIRCA 1825.
Description: Each finely painted in overglaze blue enamel and gold with a view of the waterworks at Fairmount Park. Diameters 3 ⅝ and 6 ¼ inches.The view depicted is possibly after a drawing of "The Philadelphia Dam and Waterworks at Fairmount, Philadelphia," by Thomas Birch, engraved by R. Campbell and published by Edward Parker in 1824.
Lot 631: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN RETICULATED BASKET STAND, AFTER 1834; AND A WASTE BOWL, CIRCA 1824.
Description: Each painted in sepia enamel and gold, the first painted with a view of a country house in a landscape (possibly Rockland Mansion), length 10 ¾ inches; the waste bowl with a similar view, diameter 5 ¼ inches.Rockland Mansion was sold to Isaac Cooper Jones in 1834, and the stand is possibly from the service made for his daughter, Hanna Elizabeth Jones.Literature: For illustrations of a miniature tea service with views identical to the first, but inscribed with the initials "HEJ," see Jean Gordon Lee, "Philadelphians and the China Trade 1784-1844," p. 141, pl.127; and Schiffer, " pp. 176-177.
Lot 632: FOUR CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN WARES FROM THE BACHE FAMILY SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1800.
Description: Comprising a cup, saucer, side plate and plate; each painted in sepia with a view of two fishermen and three cows on a riverbank, three swans swimming nearby, and a distant arched bridge, sailboat and country house, the rim surrounded by a gilt border. Diameter of plate 9 ⅛ inches.Sara Bache was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin.Literature: This view has traditionally been associated with the Bache family. A plate depicting the same view is discussed and illustrated in Schiffer, p. 176.
Lot 633: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE AND COFFEE CUP, POSSIBLY FROM THE BACHE FAMILY SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1800.
Description: Each painted in sepia with a view identical to the preceding lot, but the rim surrounded by a dotted trellis diaper border. Diameters 7 ⅝ and 2 ¾ inches.Provenance: Elinor Gordon, Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Lot 634: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATTER FROM THE COMMODORE RICHARD DALE SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1799.
Description: Painted in blue enamel and gold with an urn issuing four berried tendrils within a gilt-starred blue roundel, the rim surrounded by a triangle-patterned border. Length 13 inches. The service was made for the Dale family of Philadelphia and ordered by Commodore Richard Dale (1756-1826), who twenty years before had been John Paul Jones's First Lieutenant on the "Bonhomme Richard," and who in the course of the Barbary Wars was to command a squadron of naval vessels in the Mediterranean. He commanded the China Trade ships "Canton," "Alliance" and "Pigou" in which he took his last voyage to China in 1799. Literature: Howard and Ayers, vol. II, p. 516, n. 526.
Lot 635: RARE AND UNUSUAL CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE BENJAMIN GRATZ SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, FIRST QUARTER NINETEENTH CENTURY.
Description: Painted in sepia, iron-red and blue enamels, silver lustre and gold in the center with a ribbon-tied bouquet of stylized flowers, leaves, scrolled tendrils and grape clusters, the rim with a matching border. Diameter 9 ¼ inches.The merchant Benjamin Gratz was originally from Philadelphia, and lived in Lexington, Kentucky in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.Literature: For an illustration of an identical plate from this service, see Schiffer, p. 202.
Lot 636: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ARMORIAL STRAWBERRY DISH FROM THE JOSEPH SMITH SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1815.
Description: Painted in brown, blue and gold with the crest of a gam holding a battle axe, above the arms with two hands clasped and couped at the wrist within a blue-edged shield, and above the motto "JE SUIS PRET." Diameter 7 ¾ inches.Joseph Smith first worked as an agent for the Joanna Iron Furnace (Works) in Philadelphia. Sometime after 1796 he formed a partnership with fellow merchant Joseph Carson (lot 637), and the pair commenced trade with China.
Lot 637: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN TEABOWL AND TWO SAUCERS, POSSIBLY FROM THE JOSEPH CARSON SERVICE, CIRCA 1800.
Description: The teabowl painted around the sides in black with seated neoclassical figures, the saucers with urns, ewers and pedestals, all on an apricot ground. Diameters 3 ⅜ and 6 ⅛ inches.Literature: A part tea service is discussed and illustrated in Lee, p. 211, pl. 239; a cup and saucer are discussed and illustrated in Clare LeCorbeiller, "China Trade Porcelain," p. 78.
Lot 638: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN TEABOWL FROM THE SERVICE MADE FOR MRS. BENJAMIN CHEW, CLIVENDON NEAR PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1811.
Description: Painted around the sides in sepia with seated neoclassical figures on a yellow ground, the interior with a gilt rosette. Diameter 3 ⅜ inches.This teabowl is part of a large tea, coffee and dinner service that Mrs. Benjamin Chew Of Philadelphia ordered from China on June 25, 1811. She placed the order with Benjamin Chew Wilcocks (1776-1845) who was a merchant stationed in Canton and who is also known to have ordered porcelains.Literature: Examples of other wares from this service are illustrated in Lee, p. 48; and Schiffer, p. 29.
Lot 639: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE BENJAMIN CHEW WILCOCKS SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1820.
Description: The crest of a demi-lion rampant emerging from a mural coronet, within a sepia, dark brown and apricot stylized leaf and scroll roundel, the rim with matching border. Diameter 10 inches.Literature: Howard, "CAP," vol. II, p. 696, X7.
Lot 640: SET OF THREE CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN SIDE PLATES FROM THE OGILVEY FAMILY SERVICE, CIRCA 1824.
Description: Each painted in sepia and apricot enamels and gold with a roundel enclosing a building and tower on a riverbank beside an arched bridge, the rim with a border of palm fronds. Diameter 6 ¼ inches.The Irish/ American Ogilvey family lived in New York, circa 1805-1810. According to Dr. William Strole, as cited in William R. Sargent, "Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum," p. 422, "The border pattern, both with and without the Fitzhugh component, was particularly popular on early-nineteenth century Chinese poecelain and can be found on at least 15 services from Philadelphia, Delaware, New York, and Massachusetts that are dated between 1820 and 1830. Literature: A pair of dessert coolers from this service are discussed and illustrated in Sargent, p. 423, n. 233.
Lot 641: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN COFFEE CUP AND SAUCER FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET AND WITH THE PSEUDO ARMS OF NEW YORK STATE, CIRCA 1790.
Description: Each painted in famille rose enamels and gold with 'Liberty' and 'Justice' standing upon a scroll banner inscribed "EXCELSIOR," supporting a shield surmounted by an eagle crest and enclosing the initials "JLLR," the rim gilt with a meandering grapevine border on a cobalt blue ground. Diameters 2 ⅝ and 5 ⅝ inches. Provenance: Governor and Mrs. W. Averell Harriman, New York.Literature: Howard, "CAP," vol. I, p. 753, W5; a teabowl in this pattern, which Howard calls "...the best painted pattern of pseudo arms of New York" and also once owned by the Harriman family, is illustrated in Howard, "New York and the China Trade," p. 92, C25.
Lot 642: PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN ARMORIAL PLATES BEARING THE ARMS OF ELIAS BOUDINOT, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1790.
Description: Each painted and gilt with the crest and armorial above the motto "SOLI DEO GLORIA ET HONOR," the rim surrounded by an iron-red band entwined within a flowering vine, all within a gilt-starred blue border at the rim edge. Diameter 9 ¼ inches.Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) of New Jersey was a lawyer and represented the state from 1777 to 1784. He was President of Congress in 1782, and in that same year was a Signatory of the Peace Treaty with England. He was a member of the United States Congress from 1789 to 1795 and Director of the Mint from 1795 to 1805. He was a friend of George Washington, interested in missionary work and a proponent of the education of Native Americans.Literature: Howard, "CAP," vol. II, p. 634, W11; Howard, "New York and the China Trade," p. 82, B25.
Lot 643: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN STRAWBERRY DISH PROBABLY FROM THE HEMINGWAY FAMILY SERVICE, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1810.
Description: Painted in sepia enamel and gold with a version of the Great Seal of the United States, the shield inscribed with the initials "HLH," the rim surrounded by a gilt grapevine border. Diameter 7 ¾ inches.According to Howard and Ayers, "This is the only recorded service with this type of eagle, and is reputed to have been made for the Hemingway family from whom Seth Low, the former Mayor of New York, was descended."Literature: A teabowl and saucer from this service are illustrated in Howard and Ayers, "China for the West," vol. II, p. 510, n. 519; another teabowl and saucer are in Gordon, p. 157, pl. 150. The author notes that the eagle design on this service is identical to the one first used as an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States, as well as on the 1807 half dollar.
Lot 644: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN TEABOWL AND SAUCER., PROBABLY BEARING THE CREST OF THE ALLEN BOWIE, JR. FAMILY OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MARYLAND, 1795-1805.
Description: Each painted in sepia enamel and gold with the crest of an eagle, close, regardant, the rim surrounded by a leafy vine. Diameters 3 ⅝ and 5 ¾ inches.Literature: Howard, "CAP," vol. II, p. 508, T12; a detail of an identical eagle on a plate once owned by Allen Bowie, Jr. is illustrated in Mudge, p. 193, fig. 91; and an identical teabowl and saucer are illustrated in Howard and Ayers, "China for the West," vol. II, p. 511, n. 520.
Lot 645: CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN PLATE FROM THE JOHN AND ANN DONNELL SERVICE, WILLOWBROOK PLANTATION, NEAR BALTIMORE, CIRCA 1810.
Description: Painted in the center en grisaille and in famille rose enamels with a shield issuing curled leaves and pendant flowers, enclosing the initials "JAD," within a sepia and gold leafy band at the cavetto, the rim surrounded by a guilloche leaf and starred border on an apricot ground. Diameter 9 ¾ inches.Literature: For an illustration of a plate from this service, see Schiffer, p. 73.
Description: Painted in blue enamel and gold in the center with an ermine-mantled shield enclosing the initial "L" in foliate script, a chain border at the cavetto, the blue rim edged with a dotted scalloped border. Diameter 9 ¾ inches.This service was made for Richard Henry Lee (1732-94), a distant cousin of Robert E. Lee. Both Robert and his brother Francis Lightfoot Lee were signers of the Declaration of Independence.Literature: A tureen and stand from this service is illustrated in Litzenburg, Jr. and Bailey, p. 128, cat. no. 118.
Lot 647: PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE PLATES FROM THE JOHN DRAYTON SERVICE, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1740-50.
Description: Each painted with a large hibiscus flower and additional blossoms. Diameter 8 ⅞ inches.John Drayton (1715-1779), was a successful planter and first owner of Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina. A group of plates in this pattern passed through eight generations of the Drayton family, and were then donated to Drayton Hall in 2009.
Lot 648: PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN FAMILLE ROSE PLATES, PROBABLY FROM THE SHIP "MERCURY" AND PERTAINING TO TRADE BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND CHINA, CIRCA 1810.
Description: Each painted in the center with a floral bouquet within four sprigs, the rim with matching sprays and within a chain border. Diameter 10 ¼ inches.George Washington Eayrs was captain of the ship "Mercury," taking several trips between 1806-13 up and down the coast of California, and then to Hawaii and Guangzhou. His ship was confiscated in 1813, and among the china trade goods inventoried was a group of export porcelain. On p. 181 in "Chinese Export Porcelain in North America," Mudge identifies some of the cargo which included "...seventy-two flowered plates, twelve flowered platters... " The pattern of the platter illustrated on p. 180, pl. 281 is identical to that on the offered lot.
Lot 649: PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT PORCELAIN INITIALLED SAUCERS AND A SOUP PLATE FOR THE AMERICAN MARKET, 1790-1800.
Description: Each painted en grisaille and gold with the stern of an American ship disappearing around a monument surmounted by a garland-draped urn and enclosing the initials "SF," beside a ribbon-tied shield centering a pair of birds on an anchor, and above a rope enclosing the same initials. Diameters 5 ½ and 9 ⅝ inches.Literature: Similar versions of this view are illustrated in Schiffer, p. 92.