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Chinese Export Porcelain

CHINESE EXPORT STYLE

Expanded trade between Europe and East Asia, starting in the 16th century, led to a booming market for exported goods, particularly furniture. This was bolstered by the establishment of the Dutch and English East India Companies at the beginning of the 17th century. From folding screens and chairs to lacquer tables and silver, Chinese Export furniture was in demand and regularly copied and imitated, leading to styles like chinoiserie and Chinese Chippendale.

The expansion of exporting that had strengthened the arts during the Ming dynasty continued into the Qing dynasty era — Chinese designers made many furniture pieces specifically for export, resulting in distinctive designs that mixed traditional techniques with forms appealing to foreign buyers. For instance, cabinetmakers in Canton (modern-day Guangzhou) were prolific in crafting hardwood furniture for export in European styles that involved the expert joinery techniques of Chinese furniture. Designs for Chinese Export porcelain, cabinets, decorative objects and other furniture were often more ornately adorned than they would be for a local audience, such as with mother-of-pearl overlays or surfaces featuring lavish pictorial scenes or gold on black motifs. Some were even commissioned by wealthy European families to be adorned with their coat of arms.

Because lacquer furniture was especially prized, and the resin used to create it was difficult to import as it would harden during the long voyage, artisans in China and Japan exported numerous lacquer pieces. Long before lacquer made its way to Japan, the Chinese treated the material differently. They used it to create smooth, glossy surfaces, but also for carving, an art that began in the 12th century and is exclusively Chinese. These pieces are called cinnabar lacquer after the powdered mercury sulfide (cinnabar) employed to produce their characteristic red hue. A popular form for export was a compact cabinet with drawers, usually displayed on a small table. Undecorated furniture built in Europe was also shipped to China to be lacquered. The international exchange of design would influence furniture into the 19th century and later, informing styles such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

Find a collection of antique Chinese Export tables, beds, cupboards, table lamps and more furniture on 1stDibs.

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Style: Chinese Export
Set of 4 Chinese Export Porcelain Plates with Floral Decoration & Armorial Crest
Located in Atlanta, GA
Set of 4 Chinese Export Porcelain Plates with Floral Decoration & Armorial Crest, ca. 1760
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Mid-18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Canton Famille Rose Chinese Export Porcelain Celadon-Ground 9-in Plate
Located in Banner Elk, NC
A Canton Famille Rose Chinese Export Porcelain 9-inch Plate, the polychrome enameled surface with a colorful pheasant and butterflies, among fruit and floral sprays on a celadon blan...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Canton Famille Rose Chinese Export Porcelain Celadon-Ground 10-In Plate
Located in Banner Elk, NC
A Canton Famille Rose Chinese Export Porcelain 10-inch Plate, the polychrome enameled surface with a colorful pheasant, butterflies, and a single iron red-glazed dragonfly, among fru...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Edmé Samson Armorial Sauce Tureen, Chinese Export "Sic Donec", 1845-1891
Located in London, GB
This is a highly decorative armorial sauce tureen with cover and stand made by Edmé Samson in Paris some time between 1845 and 1891. The tureen is made in the Chinese Export style an...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Famille Rose Porcelain Soup Tureen
Located in Bradenton, FL
Chinese Export Famille rose porcelain soup tureen and underplate. Qianlong Period, decorated with the figure of a mahout astride an elephant and flower sprays with gold rim. The them...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Porcelain Tureen
Located in High Point, NC
This porcelain tureen was produced in Belgium, circa 1900. The decorated tureen is also adorned with two swirling handles allowing for comfortable use. The geometric blue friezes and...
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Early 1900s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Ceramic

Chinese Imari Porcelain Plate or Bowl Qing Kangxi Mark and period, Ca 1700
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a beautifully hand painted Chinese Export porcelain plate or bowl from the Qing, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, fully marked to the base with the Kangxi period Artemisia Leaf mark...
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Early 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Imari Porcelain Plate or Bowl Qing Kangxi Mark & period, Ca 1700
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a beautifully hand painted Chinese Export porcelain Plate or Bowl from the Qing, Kangxi period, 1662-1722, fully marked to the base with the Kangxi period Artemisia Leaf mark...
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Early 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Vintage Chinese Hand Painted Tea Cups/Mugs, a Pair
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Incredible pair of vintage Chinese tea cups. Each feature a wonderful colorful hand painted depiction of the good ole’ days with a matching lid.
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1970s Chinese Vintage Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Mid 20th Century Edme Samson French Porcelain Armorial Scalloped Shell Dish 7"
Located in Dayton, OH
"Mid 20th century (circa 1941-1957) hand painted Chinese Export style scallop shell porcelain dish, featuring gilded edges, a wreath of roses and an armorial central coat of arms / s...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of Twelve French Samson Porcelain Armorial Dessert Plates
Located in Boston, MA
This is a charming set of twelve French Samson armorial dessert plates. Each are hand-painted with a coat of arms on a white ground. There are many different coats of arms on these p...
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1890s French Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Chinese Export Porcelain Teapot
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine old or antique Chinese export porcelain teapot. Decorated throughout with faded gilding and raised figural floral devices The C-shaped handle is in the form of branches...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Canton Famille Rose Mandarin Pattern Charger, Qing Dynasty, ca. 1890
Located in Banner Elk, NC
A Canton Famille Rose 12.75-inch charger, the polychrome enameled surface depicting an active palace scene with a distinguished warrior and attendants being presented to the Emporer,...
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Ship-Decorated Tea Caddy or Teapoy
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain ship-decorated tea caddy or teapou. Circa 1790 The Chinese Export porcelain famille rose teapoy is painted with a three-masted British ship on two sides ...
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1780s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Fine Chinese Export Canton Porcelain Plate
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
This is a plate from china, it has been made late 19th century, very nice colors, green, orange blue. It is a canton plate.
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Blue and White Porcelain Chinese Export Charger with Mountains, Pagoda
Located in Lomita, CA
This is a rare blue and white porcelain charger/plate that is 12 inches in diameter. The backdrop is detailed with a pagoda, a footbridge, mountains and a whimsical blue willow tree....
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Famille Rose 'Wu Shuang Pu' Plate
Located in Bradenton, FL
This rare Chinese porcelain plate is boldly decorated and to the top with heroic characters from the 'Wu Shuang Pu', the Table of Peerless Heroes, each accompanied by shaped and deco...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Underglaze Blue & White Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain underglaze blue & white dish, Circa 1770 The Chinese Export porcelain rectangular blue & white dish with canted corners is painted with a view of a pagod...
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1770s Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Rare Large Chinese Export Porcelain 'Table Bay' Cape of Good Hope Dish, C. 1740
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A rare large Chinese export porcelain 'Table Bay' dish Qianlong period, circa 1735-1750 Diam. 27.5 cm This version of the ‘Table Bay’ porcelain documented is decorated in po...
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Mid-18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Rose Botanical Large Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain Famille rose botanical serving dish, Circa 1780 The Chinese Export porcelain dish is well painted with a large European flower bouquet of flowers in pink...
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Late 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Kangxi Period Molded Blue & White Dish
Located in New York, NY
Kangxi period molded blue & white dish The center painted with 2 figures in an Interior with molded foliage medallion surrounded by Flower sprigs alternating with the ba jixiang in...
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Early 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair Chinese Export Porcelain Vases and Covers, c. 1775
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine pair of Chinese Export porcelain vases and covers. Dating from the third quarter of the 1700s, and originating in the Jingdezhen region of China, near the important China Trad...
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Late 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Canton Famille Rose Mandarin Vase, Fluted Body and Castellated Top, Ca. 1840
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Canton Famille Rose Mandarin pattern shaped vase, the waisted neck with a castellated or linen fold neck and rim, the interior rim decorated with four iron red and gilded bats, the n...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Samson of Paris Mock Chinese Export Ware Armorial Plate
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This mock Chinese export ware armorial plate was made by Samson of Paris in the period 1890-1910. It is decorated to the centre with, what purports to be, the armorial, or family cre...
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1890s French Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Blue & White Fitzhugh Pattern Chinese Export Porcelain Plate
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique Chinese Export porcelain plate in the Fitzhugh pattern. Decorated in underglaze blue with floral devices to the face, and a border to the rim with a repeating diamo...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Porcelain Famille Verte Large "Flower Basket" Dish, Kangxi Period
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese porcelain Famille Verte large "flower basket" dish, Kangxi Period The Chinese Export porcelain large dish is painted in “famille verte” enamels with a central medallion o...
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Early 1700s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Seven Chinese Porcelain Serving Spoons All Hand Painted, 19th & 20th Century
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a group of SEVEN individually different Chinese Export porcelain serving Spoons. Each spoon has similar nominal dimensions and they all have different hand painted decorat...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Hand Painted Kangxi Porcelain Tea Bowl
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This hand painted porcelain tea bowl is from the Kangxi period in China which ran from 1661-1722. It is beautifully decorated with a scene of a building on one side and a spray of fl...
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1690s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Oval Dish with European Figures of Huntsmen & Hound
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain European-subject oval dish, European Figures of Huntsmen & Hound, Circa 1765-85 The Chinese Export porcelain dish is painted in "famille-rose" enamels w...
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Late 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Japanese Ceramic Vases Early 20th Century
Located in BILBAO, ES
Chinese Ceramic vases early XX century Beautiful pieces for central decor of living room or main reception area. Beautiful blue and ocre colors with dragons and mytholgical birds. S...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Porcelain

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Ceramic

Chinese Export Fitzhugh Armorial Dishes, Arms of Hill Dawe of Ditcheat House
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export fitzhugh armorial dishes, Arms of Hill Dawe of Ditcheat House, Somerset, Circa 1800 The Chinese Export porcelain underglaze blue armorial dishes are painted with ...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Kraak Period Plate or Dish-B Porcelain Blue & White, Ming Wanli Ca 1610
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a hand-painted Chinese Export Kraak porcelain blue and white Side Plate or Dish, which we date to the Ming, Wanli period,( 1573-1620 ), dating to the early 17th Century. T...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair of Green Family Porcelain Vases 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of green Family Porcelain vases 19th century with polychrome decoration depicting "ORIENTAL LIFE SCENES". China Measures: 42 x 23 x 18 cm Very good condition.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Kraak period Plate or Dish Porcelain Blue and White, Ming Wanli, Ca 1610
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a hand-painted Chinese Export Kraak porcelain blue and white Side Plate or Dish, which we date to the Ming, Wanli period,( 1573-1620 ), dating to the early 17th Century. T...
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Early 17th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Early 19th Century Chinese Flambe Ginger Jar
Located in Bradenton, FL
Chinese oval flambe ginger jar with carved wood lid. Flambé ware captivates with beautiful irregularity and vibrant blue and purple tones. These streaky, iridescent colors are the re...
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Early 19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Blue & White Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export porcelain blue & white dish, Circa 1770 The Chinese Export porcelain rectangular dish with canted corners is painted with a view of a pagoda and other buildings wi...
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1770s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

19th Century Chinese Porcelain Rose Medallion Vase
Located in Bradenton, FL
Antique 19th century rose medallion vase with a bulbous center section and a smaller flared out section on the bottom and a larger flared out section on the top The colors are vivid....
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Batavia-Ware Bowl and Blue & White Interior
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain Batavia-ware bowl and blue & white interior, Nanking Cargo, Circa 1752 The Chinese Export Batavia-ware Bowl from the Nanking Cargo is decorated on the i...
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Mid-18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair of Jars Chinese Minguo Period '1912-1949'
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of jars Chinese Minguo period (1912-1949), in cloisonné metal, polychrome decoration with plant motifs and fantastic animals. Marked background. Stands on wooden bases. ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Set of Six Cantonese Blue & White Teacups with Saucers 19thC Early 20thC
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous blue & white Cantonese teacups with Saucers. Late 19thC to early 20thC is the time period. In excellent antique condition with minimal wear. No cracks or chips. Priced and s...
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1910s Chinese Vintage Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Large Figures of Mythical Characters
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain large mythical figures, Probably of Shouxing, God of Longevity Circa 1775 The two Chinese Export figures stand on green shaped bases and although they a...
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1770s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Umbrella or Cane Holder Stand
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion umbrella or cane stand The Chinese Export Porcelain Walking Stick Stand is of a tall cylindrical form with cartouches containing floral and...
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair of Jars Chinese from the 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of jars. Chinese from the 19th century, in cloisonné metal, in shades of yellow and polychrome. Decorated with peaches, bats and prunus branches. Three character marks on...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair of Jars Chinese from the 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of jars Chinese from the 19th century, in cloisonné metal, in shades of yellow and polychrome. Decorated with peaches, bats and prunus branches. Three character marks on ...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Imperial Pair of Vases Chinese, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Imperial pair of vases Chinese, 19th century in lacquered and gilded wood, decorated with plant motifs and birds. Measure: Height: (vases) 125 cm. Height: (total) 157 cm.
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Pair of Jars Chinese Minguo Period '1912-1949'
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of jars Chinese Minguo period (1912-1949), in cloisonné metal, polychrome decoration on a blue background with phoenix bird and flower decorations. Stands on wooden bases. ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Large Vase
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain rose Medallion large vase, Circa 1860 The Chinese Rose Mandarin Porcelain Baluster vase is painted with court scenes in panels surrounded by floral, butt...
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Original Chinese Ceramic Vases Early 20th Century
Located in BILBAO, ES
Chinese Ceramic vases mid XX century with option for electricity and convert them in lamps. Beautiful pieces for central decor of living room or main reception area. Beautiful Cora...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Ceramic

Antique Canton 'Famille Rose' Porcelain Plate, Unsigned, China, 19th Century
Located in Chatham, ON
Antique 'famille rose' (also referred to as 'rose medallion') porcelain plate - hand painted with a courtyard scene to the center - floral and foliate border with butterflies on a gi...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Enamel, Gold Leaf

Chinese Export Porcelain Green & Orange Fitzhugh Plates-Set of Six '6'
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain Green & Orange Fitzhugh Plates, Set of Six, Circa 1800 The Chinese Export porcelain plates are painted with an unusual and rare combination of an orange...
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Late 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Antique Japanese Ceramic Vases Early 20th Century
Located in BILBAO, ES
Chinese Ceramic vases mid XX century with option for electricity and convert them in lamps. Beautiful pieces for central decor of living room or main reception area. Beautiful Cora...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Porcelain

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Ceramic

Chinese Export Porcelain Rare Dutch-Market Blue & White Herring Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export porcelain rare blue & white herring dish, Circa 1765 The rectangular Chinese Export underglaze blue and white dish of rare large size is painted with two herrings,...
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1750s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Blue & White Massive Dish
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain blue & white massive dish, Circa 1770 The massive underglaze blue and white Chinese Export dish is painted with a garden scene with flowering plants gro...
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1770s Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Famille Rose Botanical Soup Tureen & Cover
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese Export Porcelain European Flower Botanical Soup Tureen & Cover, Circa 1780 The Chinese Export porcelain tureen and cover are well painted with large European bouquets of ...
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18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Rose Medallion Fish Bowl or Jardiniere
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain rose medallion fish bowl or Jardiniere, Mid-19th century. The Chinese export porcelain circular fish bowl or jardiniere is painted with alternating panel...
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Chinese Export Porcelain Set of Graduated Famille Rose Mugs or Tankards
Located in Downingtown, PA
Chinese export porcelain set of graduated famille rose mugs or tankards, Circa 1780 The Chinese Export porcelain tankards or mugs are each enameled with a neoclassic urn design w...
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Late 18th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Japanese 19th Century Scalloped Imari Porcelain Plate
Located in Auribeau sur Siagne, FR
Japanese plate, made in Japan at the beginning of the 19th century. With beautiful colors in red blue and white. The plate is in good condition.
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19th Century Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

Rare Chinese Pot with Lid 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
POT WITH LID Chinese 19th century, in cloisonné metal, decoration in shades of blue and polychrome with dragons and dragon-shaped handles in relief bronze. Wooden base. He...
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19th Century Chinese Antique Chinese Export Porcelain

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Porcelain

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