Combining Chinese Export Silver with other Metals was Rare, but Beautiful
中國出口銀器也玩重金屬 It would be perfectly logical to expect Chinese Export Silver to be exactly what it says on the can; silver made for the export market in mind. The art of silversmithing is, after all, a very exacting and particular skill. To discover examples of this quite unique silver category that combine other metals—copper, in […]
Revered, Yet a Rarity—The Horse as a Chinese Decorative Motif
中國出口銀器: 以馬為紋飾, 被推祟但罕見 Greetings to a new year: the Year of the Horse; the seventh Chinese sign of the zodiac. The Horse is a traditional Chinese decorative motif and theme often seen in the Tang and Yuan Dynasties, yet a rarity in Chinese Export Silver. It’s a mystery I haven’t yet fully got to the […]
The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 2
中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之二 We continue the story of the inextricable link between the China Tea Trade and Chinese Export Silver—which began last week with this article—with two images that are rather at odds with each other. The picture above paints a rather serene and idealistic vision of tea being brought to a junk boat that […]
The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 1
中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之一 My research has long made me aware of the inextricable links between The China Trade period and Chinese Export Silver; without the former, Chinese Export Silver simply would not have existed. Although the official period of the trade with China is 1757-1842, the reality was the trade continued and flourished until the […]
Chinese Export Silver: The Cultural Crossovers of Incense
中國出口銀器: 中外文化結合的香! The relationship and benefits between humans and incense may be likened to butterflies to flowers and trees to the sun. This, in itself, is a very Confucian concept. The use of incense in Chinese culture dates to around 450 B.C., but by the Tang period incense was commonly used and no longer just […]
Chinese Export Silver: Culture Shock!
文化震撼 I have chosen to start 2014 with a rant! Please humor me while I do… For two years now, I have been striving to increase both the awareness and understanding of Chinese Export Silver by writing articles that disseminate optimal information in what I hope is a readable format. In the main, I am […]
Standing on Ceremony: Huabiao Pillars reworked as Amazing Silver Columns
中國出口銀器: 講究禮儀 Chinese culture is so enriched with allegorical imagery that one could almost say it is its very foundation. As with any world culture, it is an osmotic accumulation of influences from outside and within China over the millennia, manifesting itself in ceremonial and decorative objects in combinations that are themselves often wonders in […]
Silversmith Wang Hing didn’t have Breakfast at Tiffany’s!
宏興沒去過蒂芬尼吃早餐! For almost 30 years there has been a widely held view that the most prolific of the Chinese Export Silver makers, Wang Hing, was an acknowledged supplier of silver wares to the New York-based luxury goods company Tiffany & Company; it is probably the most oft-cited piece of information linked to Wang Hing and […]