This is a fine, hand crafted late 19th century Chinese export silver dresser or scholar's box.
In the coveted dragon on hammered ground motif. Always a favorite amongst China trade silver collectors.
From the well listed firm of Tuck Chang.
Well executed in rectangular form.
Hinged cover with soft "bevelled", smooth finish edge.
Three ferocious four claw dragons.
The first, masterfully applied to cover. The dragon completely encircling, and in pursuit of the sacred flaming pearl.
Massive head. Eyes ablaze. Long tendrils flaring all about.
Background in finest, soft hand hammered surface. Adds even more visual appeal to the vibrant dragon design.
The remaining two dragons, absent the pearl, are in pursuit of one another. Covering the entire length of the side walls. One dragon nearly devouring the tail of the other. And the same for the second dragon.
Each perhaps unaware of the deadly pursuit.
Interior fitted with original rosewood lining.
This fine, 19th century China trade silver dragon box, from Tuck Chang is 4 1/2 inches by 3 3/8 and 2 inches tall. No weight offered, as it is rosewood lined.
It is in excellent condition. Rich, lustreous silver patina throughout. The original rosewood interior lining in fine state.
Well struck, crisp hallmarks for listed maker "Tuck Chang" and Chinese characters, untranslated.
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