• 26 Jul
    2015

Dining with Antiques – Pierced Sterling Serving Pieces

Wealthy Victorians had a formal, unique serving utensil for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, bone marrow, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—you name it. Today, in our fast-paced world, we puzzle over many of these decorative (and extraneous) items when we find them in upscale antique stores. There was a time, believe it or not, […]

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  • 24 Jun
    2015

Apples to Apples: Comparing Genuine Chinese Export Silver to Fakes and Phonies

There is a cartoon that has been circulating in China that features two men and four baskets of apples. On each basket is the Apple computer company logo. One man asks the other: “Buddy, are you authorized to sell Apple?” to which the other replies “Authorized?” The reason behind this cartoon is that Chinese authorities […]

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  • 13 May
    2015

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair” or “gold joinery.” Kintsugi originated around the 15th century as a replacement for metal staples, the usual repair method of the time. Staples […]

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  • 13 May
    2015

The California Gold Rush’s Effect on Chinese Silver and Hong Kong

加州淘金热对中国银器和香港的影响 The more it is researched, the more Chinese Export Silver is shown to be by far the most complex and diverse silver category. It is virtually impossible to pick up an item of this silver without it being far more than what its outward appearance conveys. Picking up a piece of Chinese Export Silver […]

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  • 9 Apr
    2015

Chinese Export Silver an Oft-Forgotten yet Significant Antique Silver Category

Chinese Export Silver (1785-1940) is a much-forgotten, yet highly significant antique silver category. Early Chinese Export Silver was comprised mostly of faithful copies of comparable quality of British, American and European silver of the Georgian period, with silver content being up to half as much again as the originals. Probably most of the true masterpieces […]

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  • 3 Apr
    2015

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 […]

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  • 19 Nov
    2014

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

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 awareness and perception of this silver category worldwide. Now, having just returned from China—where his efforts have been recognized […]

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  • 16 Oct
    2014

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

There is no doubt about it: Chinese Export Silver is making more appearances than ever. Yet, what is undoubtedly one of the most significant silver categories on the planet—and probably one of the largest silver categories—still remains the most misunderstood and least-known. One of the most important sales of Chinese Export Silver begins online today […]

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  • 20 Jul
    2014

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

NEWBURY, England – Auction houses are ideal platforms for judging buying trends which, by default, would also include prevailing values. In a recent sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale on in the U.K., 39 examples of Chinese Export Silver delivered some surprises; it goes without saying that the majority of buyers were from China. […]

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  • 28 Jun
    2014

The Influence of the Triads on the Decorative Arts in China

Incongruous as it may seem, the tumultuous changes in the social order in China and Hong Kong in the early 20th century would probably not have occurred without the behind-the-scenes activities of the Triads. In China, they were highly visible, some becoming style icons in their own right; in Hong Kong they were an ever-present […]

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