Chinese blue and white jar, Kangxi (1662-1722), decorated with a seated lady and a man in front of a screen with swirling waves and a ribbon, with a servant and attendant, and four standing officials in an open pavillion with a man carrying a textile beside trees issuing from rocks and swirling clouds, the neck decorated with pine, artemisia leaf to the base in a double blue circle, wooden cover, height without lid: 8 1/8in., 20.6cm. Click to see other items from this period.

Chinese sancai pottery model of a Bactrian camel , Tang dynasty (618-907), modelled standing four-square with long straight legs on a rectangular base, the head is held up high, the humps surrounded by a blanket splash-glazed in green, amber and white running down the straw-glazed body. Provided with an Oxford Thermoluminescence Test Certificate., Height: 41cm. 16in. Click to see other items from this period.

Chinese famille rose dish, Yongzheng (1723-35), decorated with a European man presenting a basket of flowers to a semi-draped European lady, within gilded mesh and pink octagon borders, interspersed with panels of flowers and gilded scrolls, Provenance: JHR. C. Repelaer Collection no. 198, diameter: 20.5cm., Click to see other items from this period.

Japanese Kakiemon-style flower-shaped dish, circa 1680, painted with a tiger and lion, diameter 31.5cm. Click to see other items from this period.

Chinese wucai baluster jar, Chongzhen (1628-43), decorated with three ladies bearing gifts to seated dignitary, flanked by two ladies holding fans, who is looking at a seated man flanked by a soldier, the shoulder with six moulded lion-head handles on the shoulder, the neck decorated with flowers, base unglazed, height: 11 1/2in. 29.2cm. Click to see other items from this period.

Urbino Istoriato dish, circa 1540, possibly from the Durantino workshop, depicting Marcus Curtius in a golden breast plate with a plumed helmet on horseback, riding across a dark chasm flanked by attendants, inscribed with 'Marco Curzio' to the reverse, diameter: 11in., 27.9cm, Marcus Curtius is a legendary Roman character who bravely sacrificed himself to the god of Hades in order to prevent a deep pit from swallowing Rome. Click to see other items from this period.

Chinese blanc-de-chine teapot , 17th century, in the shape of a melon. Click to see other items from this period.

Japanese Gold ground lacquer Kodansu, Meiji period (1868-1912) of rectangular shape, depicting scenes from the Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji) by Murasaki Shikibu, each face decorated with a continuous pavilion landscape with pine trees and diverse shrubs, white metal handle, hinges and lockplate, internally with green brocade decorated drawers, dimensions: 10.7cm. by 11.7cm. by 8.7cm. Click to see other items from this period.

Chinese famille verte brush pot, Kangxi (1662-1722), decorated with two ladies in a fenced garden by a table observing a small  boy, the other side with a fan-shaped vignette containing a landscape scene above a rectangle with a scholar seated in a fenced garden, height: 5 5/8in. 14.3cm. Click to see other items from this period.

Pair of Chinese blue and white vases, Kangxi (1662-1722) of a Venetian glass form, the neck and body decorated with floral sprays, the flared neck with further flowers and birds in branches, with highly decorative pierced handles all in a bright cobalt blue; height: 24.8cm, 9 3/4in. Click to see other items from this period.

Guest & Gray has been established for over 40 years and is widely recognised for its expertise in the field of antique ceramics and works of art.

The gallery in Mayfair has over a thousand pieces of antique ceramics and works of art on display. The collection largely consists of Chinese porcelain and works of art from the Han through to the Qing dynasties, with a particular emphasis on Ming ceramics, Kangxi blue and white porcelain, famille-verte porcelain and famille-rose porcelain. Guest & Gray also deals in antique Japanese porcelain, lacquer, metalwork and ivory.

Guest & Gray also have a large collection of European ceramics including Meissen, Italian maiolica, Dutch Delft and English Delft, as well as examples of Hispano-Moresque, Faience and Westerwald. In addition, examples of decorative arts from the Islamic world such as Iznik tiles and Indian miniature paintings are on offer.

As well as exhibiting at the International Ceramic Fair for over twenty years, Guest & Gray has sold items to numerous museums and notable collectors such as Sir Michael Butler, whose famous collection of 17th century porcelain is unsurpassed. His catalogues are strongly recommended.

Our gallery is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, though viewing by appointment may be arranged on Saturdays.

We are happy to recommend books from our extensive library relating to early ceramics, including antique Chinese, Japanese and European porcelain and pottery. A number of articles by collectors and leading academics may also be of interest. Suggested reading material can also be found on our website, including a substantial annotated bibliography of Chinese ceramics produced for us by Margaret Medley, one-time curator of the Percival David Collection at the British Museum.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your collecting interests or if you are interested in a possible investment (£200,000 minimum). If you cannot speak English and wish to be telephoned in a different language please provide us with your telephone number and a convenient time for you to receive our call.

 

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