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  • 27
    Oct

The Complex Hierarchy of the China Trade Relative to the Chinese Export Silver Trade

相對於中國出口銀貿易而言的中國貿易之複雜階級制度 [caption id="attachment_2516402" align="aligncenter" width="538"] “View of Hoppo Returning,” a late 18th-century depiction by unknown Chinese artist. When the Hoppo arrived for inspection visits, the merchants and local officials turned out to receive him[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, but the period between 1757-1842 is now known as the “Old China...

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  • 21
    Oct

Passing the Salt for 8,000 Years in Chinese Export Silver Style

中國出口銀器: 遞上鹽的格調 - 8000年了! [caption id="attachment_2516206" align="aligncenter" width="526"] A pair of circa 1830 silver and parcel gilded salts by Cutshing of Canton in the neo-classical Georgian style.[/caption] To many of us, we might be aware of the connotations that salt has with monarchy—a substance of high value and denoting high status. We might also be aware of the...

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  • 8
    Oct

Canton Georgian Gems in Massachusetts: A Boston Connection to Chinese Export Silver

在馬薩諸塞州的廣東喬治亞風瑰寶 [caption id="attachment_2516051" align="aligncenter" width="525"] A neo-classical Chinese Export Silver teapot by the enigmatic silversmith we know as WE WE WC, circa 1820 Canton silversmith. Such a piece is capable of holding its own against any of its comparable Western contemporaries.[/caption] How can one get excited over a silver teapot? No, this isn’t a riddle; it’s a reality!...

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  • 7
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Candlesticks are Lustrous Beacons of Excellence

[caption id="attachment_2515880" align="alignright" width="292"] Here we have a pair of circa 1890 candlesticks by the Canton- and ShangHai-based retail silversmith Sing Fat. Whereas Chinese Paktong candlesticks had been virtually always in the neo-classical style, Chinese Export Silver pairs were almost always decorated in the high Chinese style. While this pair has a vaguely Western form, and there’s a...

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  • 25
    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

[caption id="attachment_2515724" align="alignright" width="249"] It is incredible to believe this piece is 1,250 years old. Classic silver techniques that are still used today have been employed and recognizable Chinese motifs appear, including the Mandarin duck.[/caption] 中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one...

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  • 20
    Sep

The Ultimate Tea Ceremony: How the Custom of Taking Tea Influenced Silver Tea Sets

中國出口銀器: 終極茶道 [caption id="attachment_2515564" align="alignright" width="247"] It was Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who invented the act of taking afternoon tea at the beginning of the 19th century[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, which in itself was a phenomenon born out of the long-established silk and tea trades between China and...

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  • 16
    Sep

When Sun Shone on Canton for 95 Years: From Georgian to High Chinese Style

中國出口銀器: 陽光普照著廣州城的那九十五年 [caption id="attachment_2515476" align="alignright" width="219"] This superb and highly unusual classic form cider jug, produced circa early 19th century in the late 18th-century high Georgian style, is just one example of Sun Shing’s masterworks. Known as “The Winslow Jug,” this piece simply oozes history as it once would have oozed cider.[/caption] I’ve been aware of some debate...

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  • 6
    Sep

Treasured Kingfisher Feathers Give Chinese Export Silver the Blues

中國出口銀器也憂鬱 [caption id="attachment_2515226" align="aligncenter" width="506"] Here we see a stunning hair ornament of tian tsui and silver gilt set around a carved carnelian agate stone depicting collectively a serpent and a frog amidst an abundance of flora. This particular piece dates from the early 19th century. Tian tsui is the excruciatingly difficult and time-consuming process of making inlay...

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  • 30
    Aug

A Serious Case of Mistaken Identity Finally Revealed

中國出口銀器: 一個被錯誤辨認已久的身份終於被揭露了 [caption id="attachment_2515114" align="aligncenter" width="241"] Here we have a Chinese Export Silver tea caddy that is currently offered for sale and is attributed to Kan Mao Hsing.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515115" align="aligncenter" width="174"] The maker’s mark clearly shows it was, in fact, made by Tu Mao Xing.[/caption] There is no such maker as Kan Mao Hsing! This article is...

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  • 25
    Aug

Pearl River Meets the East River over a Chinese Export Silver Box

珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河 [caption id="attachment_2514998" align="aligncenter" width="430"] This box, as seen from above, was commissioned by Charles Constant Delmonico, the great nephew of one of the founding brothers of the iconic Delmonico’s restaurant in New York. Set with turquoise cabochon stones, the box is both constructed of and decorated in an intricate reticulated network of high relief swirling dragons amidst...

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