We are pleased to offer this museum worthy 19th century Chinese export silver mug.
Signed for Sunshing. Listed in Canton and Hong Kong in the 2nd half of the 19thh century.
A review of Forbes, Chait, Marlow and Chan do not show a mug displaying this flared base, see images.
Trade silver prices have skyrocketed the last few years. We just returned from Northeast Auctions. There a common six inch dragon box sold for well over $2000. USD. That said, what is a Sunshing mug of this rarity worth ?
In as noted unique tapering cylindrical flared base form. Double walled.
Adorned with beautifully hand carved nature scene.
A raised shield form medallion. Flanked by pair of cranes in soaring flight. Below, this two over-sized beetle. Followed by pair of crane, standing on one leg in bead accented rolling waves.
The crane and beetle amidst majestic water lily displays, in various stages of bloom. Along with cascading leaf and tall wispy river grass.
Finest satin like stippled background.
Finished with boldly cast string of pearls S-scroll handle. Each pearl gradually smaller approaching base.
Hallmarked as shown.
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