Posts Tagged ‘Fitzhugh’

Chinese Mandarin port scene mug, c.1750

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Porcelain mug made in China for export to Europe and North America, with polychrome underglaze port scene in the Mandarin palette

Bold cobalt blue Fitzhugh border encircles the rim

Mug measures 4-3/4″ high

The broken porcelain handle was replaced sometime in the late 1700’s to mid-1800’s with one made of iron and in the same shape as the original. It was gessoed and painted with white enamel, now faded to a cream color, to match the body of the mug

You can see the original handle on this mug with the same shape and similar decoration

Photo courtesy of Hartleys Auctions

Mandarin mug with hunting scene, c.1750

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Chinese porcelain mug made for export during the Qianlong period, measures 5″ high

Decorated with panels depicting a hunting scene in the Mandarin style

With a beautifully painted cobalt blue Fitzhugh style border

The original handle was replaced with a gesso covered aluminum armature, painted to match the porcelain. Time has not been kind to the handle, as very little gesso remains with just a hint of color

This is what the original handle might have looked like

Photo courtesy of Andrew Dando

Chinese armorial sauce boat, c.1780

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

This Chinese porcelain sauce boat was made for export to the American market and has a distinctive Fitzhugh pattern outer rim border, and measures 7.5 inches wide, 2.75 inches high.

It bears an armorial polychrome enamel eagle/dragon, custom ordered by a family of wealth.

The replaced gilt metal handle is beautifully woven with two different colors of rattan.

A similar sauce boat shown with original handle and hard to find matching undertray

Photo courtesy of Starr Antiques

Chinese export platter, c.1770

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

This Chinese export porcelain platter dates from 1760-1785 and has fine hand painted cobalt blue Nanking type decoration and an intricate Fitzhugh border.

Platter measures 12-1/2″ x 9-1/2″.

Itinerant menders repaired broken porcelain items such as this platter and charged per staple. 22 metal staples tightly hold the six broken pieces in place.

To me, the bottom side showing the staples is just as beautiful as the richly decorated top side.