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  • 16
    Aug

Chinese Export Silver: An Almighty Battle Royal over a Tea Set!

中國出口銀器: 一套茶具上的偉大戰役 [caption id="attachment_2514902" align="aligncenter" width="495"] Here is the tea set that caused the ground to move under author Adrien von Ferscht’s very feet. The battle scenes depicted on the panels of this tea set are of the Battle of Yancheng, the outcome of which was the routing of the invading Jin army. General Yue Fei was aided...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Art of the Silver Cage Shows Creative Genius of Chinese Silversmiths

中國出口銀器: 銀籠子的藝術 [caption id="attachment_251468" align="alignright" width="390"] This fine reticulated Chinese Export Silver casket by Wang Hing features dragons chasing the flaming pearl in clouds is the Chinese silversmith’s ultimate dream.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver produced some extraordinary silversmiths by anyone’s standards; a much-used statement by me and one I am oft criticized about. There is an unwritten hierarchy of...

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  • 2
    Aug

The Oddities, the Mysteries & Sometimes the Agonies of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 奇異的, 神秘的, 也有時令人苦惱的 [caption id="attachment_2514570" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chinese silversmiths generally tended to follow four main themes: rickshaws, sedans, pagodas and junks, of which these two items pictured are typical examples.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514571" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The rickshaw (top) is a three-piece condiment set by Wang Hing. The war junk above is also by Wang Hing. They are both...

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  • 26
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Rosewater Sprinklers Created for the Islamic World

[caption id="attachment_2514450" align="alignright" width="200"] A particularly fine example of a pair of late 18th-century parcel gilt filigree rosewater sprinklers. This is actually a good example of silver filigree work not being able to be exactly identified, since these could either be Chinese or Batavian. Now part of the collection at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, they do...

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  • 18
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Design is Firmly Footed in Chinese Mythology

中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 [caption id="attachment_2514324" align="aligncenter" width="216"] An image of a Qílín as depicted in the Ming Dynasty work Sancai Tuhui (三才圖會), compiled by Wang Qi (王圻) and Wang Siyi (王思義).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514325" align="aligncenter" width="243"] A modern-day digital art version of the Qílín.[/caption] All cultures have their own mythological hooved beasts. The Etruscans had their Minotaur, European mythology has...

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  • 12
    Jul

The Curious Phenomenon of 19th-Century Chinese Export Silver Bosun’s Whistles

傳送我上去吧, 史考特. 十九世紀中國出口銀海軍口笛的特殊實物 [caption id="attachment_2514134" align="alignright" width="300"] Here we have a late 19th-century Chinese Export Silver bosun’s whistle that is similar to one that was featured and written of in the famous Chait Collection in 1985 by John Devereux Kernan. This particular item was sold at Christie’s, New York, for $813 in 2008. Today it would be worth...

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  • 8
    Jul

Floral Tours De Force: Wang Hing’s Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 [caption id="attachment_2513957" align="aligncenter" width="494"] The object in question is a superb bowl made by Wang Hing in the form of an open cinquefoil prunus blossom flower head that has beautifully crafted prunus blossom tendrils entwining the main exterior body and also forming the feet. The bowl interior is parcel gilded.[/caption] I have decided I must be a...

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  • 30
    Jun

WE WE WC: The Consummate Georgian Silversmith of Canton

[caption id="attachment_2513819" align="aligncenter" width="478"] Here is the set that lit up my world; a five-piece tea set by the Canton silversmith we know as WE WE WC—one of the most enigmatic, yet sophisticated makers of early-mid 19th century Canton—that is both rare and unusual.[/caption] 位技術高超的喬治時期廣東銀匠 I write prodigiously about Chinese Export Silver and, if I lived in an...

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  • 21
    Jun

The Tale of a Hidden Chinese Export Silver Gem

[caption id="attachment_2513617" align="alignleft" width="300"] When I first saw this Chinese Export Silver snuff box, it screamed “Georgian” to me in almost every way other than the obvious decorative motifs employed.[/caption] 中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒 Being a regular contributor to WorthPoint has its benefits—for me, that is! My main source of research tangents comes from people sharing images of items with me....

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  • 4
    Jun

The Shanghai Jazz Age as Depicted through Silver Cocktail Shakers

銀色上海爵士樂年代 [caption id="attachment_2513379" align="aligncenter" width="254"] This Chinese Export Silver cocktail shaker made by the Shanghai silvermaker Lain Chang, circa 1920, as purchased at a U.K. car boot sale for £3 (about $4.60). It’s easily worth $1,000 or more.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513380" align="aligncenter" width="329"] Here we have a circa 1925 Chinese Export Silver cocktail shaker by Hung Chong who operated...

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