WorthPoint adds Book on Chinese Export Silver & Marks to its Online Library
Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940” has just been added to WorthPoint’s Marks and Library product.
WorthPoint has announced that it has just added Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940”—the largest information reference resource for this unique collectible silver category—to its Marks and Library product.
WorthPoint members who have a subscription to the Marks and Library product will be able to access to the history and information about Chinese Export Silver, possibly the least-known collectible silver category on the planet but also the category whose popularity is on a steep upward trend—thanks to von Ferscht’s research and writing.
“We recognize that Adrien’s research into this section of the antique silver category is very important and believe that getting his book and images of the makers’ marks into our digital database will benefit our users greatly,” said WorthPoint CEO and President Will Seippel. “We look forward to working with other authors and experts in the antiques and collectibles fields to expand our offerings in the Marks and Library. Our goal is to help people identify and research their possessions and Adrien’s book is the best there is on the subject of Chinese Export Silver.”
Adrien von Ferscht’s series of articles on Chinese Export Silver, its history and current market values can be read on WorthPoint here.
Even though Chinese Export Silver is a little-know category outside of dedicated scholars and some in-the-know collectors, it is one of the largest physically, as pieces were manufactured over a 150-year period, beginning roughly in 1785. The 250-page book—which is now in its third edition—focuses on the men, workshops and merchants who created these amazing silver pieces in the context of the China Trade that then dispersed the works first to Great Britain and America, and then across the world. Images of more than 200 makers’ marks have also been digitalized and reproduced in the Marks and Library site to allow members to compare marks they find on their own silver with those von Ferscht has been able to identify.
When pieces of Chinese Export Silver come up for auction, they are snapped up quickly for prices that often surpass their pre-sale estimated values. While many of these silver pieces and sets are being purchased and returned to China, roughly half of all the Chinese Export Silver produced is currently in United States; it’s just that their owners don’t know what they have on their shelves.
Von Ferscht, who is a Worthologist—the WorthPoint term for its in-house experts—has found a ready and hungry audience for his writing on WorthPoint, the only online antique information resource that has recognized the important of this silver category. Chinese Export Silver is the only silver category that can claim such a deep history attached to it due to China’s 1,200-year tradition of silversmithing that preceded it.
“From the time I began collaborating with WorthPoint, I have seen a dramatic rise in recognition of the existence of this very important and significant silver category,” said von Ferscht. “WorthPoint is the only online information resource for antiques that carries my specially written articles that are based on my ongoing academic research. To now have my ‘Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver’ on an exclusive basis in Marks and Library is the cherry on the cake, just as Chinese Export Silver was the cherry on the cake of over 1,200 years of Chinese silver making.”
The look of Chinese Export Silver can mimic Georgian and other Western styles, display myriad of Chinese designs or mix the two, which as with this Sun Shing tea set, circa 1880, which is definitely Chinese in design, yet it still somehow retains a classic and refined Western quality.
Von Ferscht’s work has been recognized as invaluable by the both academics, professionals in the antiques and auction businesses, and collectors. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for China Research, a Fellow for Arts & Culture at the Asia Scotland Institute and works with museums and universities around the world—he is the only academic actively carrying out in-depth research into Chinese Export Silver and the history of Chinese silver making in the world.
He was recently brought in as a consultant for Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions of London, making it the only auction house in the world to have in-house expertise in this highly significant silver category as part of its new strategy to promote itself internationally as the only true address for Chinese Export Silver.
“As an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scottish Centre for China Studies & School of Culture and Creative Arts, Adrien is considered to be the global expert in this highly significant silver category, and its rich history,” said James Nicholson, Deputy Chairman of Dreweatts and also the International Head of Jewellery, Silver and Watches for the firm. “He is the only person in the world to be actively carrying out in-depth research into Chinese Export Silver and we are delighted to have him as part of the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions team.”
For more information about von Ferscht and Chinese Export Silver, read his articles on WorthPoint or visit his Chinese Export Silver website or his academic site.
Gregory Watkins is the executive editor of WorthPoint. You can e-mail him at email@example.com
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