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  • 1
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Adrien von Ferscht on Chinese Export Silver

[caption id="attachment_2510545" align="alignright" width="300"] Adrien von Ferscht, who speaks with Martin Willis in this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, is one of the foremost experts in Chinese Export Silver and acts as an independent consultant and expert to museums, private collectors, academics and enthusiasts around the world.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction...

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  • 19
    Nov

Worthologist Von Ferscht Helps Brings Chinese Export Silver Back to Light in China

[caption id="attachment_2521407" align="alignright" width="230"] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht in Beijing at the opening of the Chinese Export Silver exhibition in September 2014.[/caption] WorthPoint Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht has been at the forefront of research for Chinese Export Silver over the past five years, as his copious writing and publishing on the still little-known subject has dramatically changed the...

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  • 16
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Goes High Profile in Upcoming Christie’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521263" align="alignleft" width="325"] This superb floral centerpiece or epergne made by Ning Zhao Ji, is just one of 88 astounding lots of Chinese Export Silver currently up for bid at an online auction at Chritsie’s through Oct. 28.[/caption] There is no doubt about it: Chinese Export Silver is making more appearances than ever. Yet, what is undoubtedly...

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  • 20
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520719" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The surprise leader of the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale was this late 19th century Straits Chinese silver octagonal bowl and cover, intricately decorated with an engraved foliate motif and alternating side panels of a shrew amidst fruiting vines, a bird amidst bamboo, a dragon amidst floating clouds and a flowering shrub, all set...

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  • 28
    Jun

The Influence of the Triads on the Decorative Arts in China

[caption id="attachment_2520574" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The very concept of Triads having any influence on the decorative arts would appear incongruous to most people; it is nevertheless a reality that had considerable momentum in the late 19th century and early 20th century.[/caption] Incongruous as it may seem, the tumultuous changes in the social order in China and Hong Kong in...

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  • 5
    Jun

Chinese Export Silver and the Enlightened Renaissance

[caption id="attachment_2520447" align="aligncenter" width="575"] The Empress Dowager Cixi led China through a cultural and artistic renaissance.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver always adapted to the realities of Chinese history. It was, after all, a product of that history, as such, that it has qualities that no other silver category possesses. Viewed in the overall context of China, it is an...

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  • 22
    May

T’ou Sè Wè Orphanage was the Birthplace of Chinese Modern Creative Arts

[caption id="attachment_2520290" align="aligncenter" width="565"] A T’ou Sè Wè stained-glass triptych window.[/caption] That a Jesuit orphanage and school in Shanghai founded in the 19th century should be the cradle of modern creative art in China is extraordinary in itself, but it is firmly rooted in a significant Jesuit presence in China since the mid-17th century and the profound influence...

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  • 13
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The East-West Divide

中國出口銀器:東西方的分裂 [caption id="attachment_2520205" align="aligncenter" width="567"] English pound notes and renminbi, the official currency of the People's Republic of China.[/caption] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht investigates the dichotomy of preference by Chinese collectors of Chinese Export Silver for items in the high Chinese style over the earlier, neo-classical pieces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; silver that admirably...

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  • 17
    Apr

The Search for Christian and Easter Rarities in the World of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 Christianity has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty, including a significant influential Jesuit network, as well as Protestant missionaries, many of whom were Scottish. Yet, despite the long history, surviving Chinese Christian religious artefacts are extremely rare. During Passion Week and Eastertide, we explore this complex and at times violent history as well...

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  • 14
    Apr

The Enamel Revival Phenomenon and its Relationship to Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 琺瑯的復興現象 [caption id="attachment_2519906" align="aligncenter" width="458"] Highly sophisticated Chinese cloisonné first surfaced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and that workmanship can be seen in this superb bowl.[/caption] The art of cloisonné is often looked upon as a Chinese art and, in some respects, it is a correct assumption. However, cloisonné, as a technique, finds its roots back in...

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