Meta-Museum – CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: HIGH QUALITY versus HIGH VALUES – NOT A CONFLICT

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: HIGH QUALITY versus HIGH VALUES – NOT A  CONFLICT Chinese Export Silver gets a lot of media coverage in the world of antiques and fine art,  often because it invariably achieved hammer prices at auction that grabs the headlines; articles extolling the quality of workmanship are sadly thin on the ground. While […]

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Meta-Museum – CHINESE EXPORT SILVER – The Enigma of the Makers’ Marks

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER – THE ENIGMA OF THE MAKERS’ MARKS Having just carried out extensive research into Chinese Export Silver makers, one word comes to mind that best describes the makers’ marks many of us have become familiar with: ENIGMA! We glibly refer to familiar makers such as Wang Hing and Hung Chong as “he”, […]

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Meta-Museum – Chinese Export Silver: The Art of Filigree

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: THE ART OF FILIGREE Jewish Sephardi silversmiths took their technique of filigree work with them when they were expelled from Spain. The same was true of the Huguenots in 17th-century France. We know that Jewish silversmiths operated in China from very early on and surprisingly Jewish Chinese populations exist to the present […]

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Meta-Museum – LIN CHONG: The Unsung Cantonese Master Georgian Silversmith

LIN CHONG:  The Unsung Cantonese Master Georgian Silversmith The art of silversmithing has a 2000 year history in China, 1200 years sees the production of highly sophisticated wares that draw influences from empires and cultures that existed along the Silk Route. Until the latter part of the 18th century the work was mainly destined for […]

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