Chinese Export Silver Crane in Stream Pearl Mug c1860 Sunshing Was $4500

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 03, 2014
  • Channel: Auction House
CHINESE EXPORT SILVER CRANES IN WATER & INSECT MUG; STRING OF PEARLS HANDLE; FROM SUNSHING, c1860; EXCELLENT CONDITION

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.

This

Constructed of thick, heavy guage silver, double walled, it weighs 9 1/2 (standard) ounces.

In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous silver patina throughout. The beautiful raised cranes in stream, insects and floral retain their original crisp, vibrant detail.

ORIGINALLY LISTED AT $4500.

Massachusetts residents are subject to sales tax.

We have over 8300 feed backs. And, are quite proud of our Top Seller designation.

We received favorable notice in the March 12th, 2006 New York Times. Page 8, Business Section, in a well written article on silver collecting. Copy furnished upon request.

From our personal collection, an elegant mid 19th century coin silver basket, from John and Edward Moore, of Tiffany fame. Illustrated in the cover article of May/June 2008 Silver Magazine, page 27.

Enjoy....and good fortune in your bidding.

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