META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: BOX CLEVER! 中國出口銀器: 不凡的盒子

For Chinese artisans, boxes have always been more than mere utilitarian objects. Over the centuries, special decorative techniques were developed in order to make them extraordinarily special, while the amount of decorative detailing lavished upon boxes is often excessive relative to the size of the object or the purpose it was made for. Cultures vary […]

META-MUSEUM:SAVOIR FAIRE & “L’ART DE LA TABLE” – SO TYPICALLY CHINESE! 餐桌上的專業與藝術 – 典型的中國風格

A well-set dining table may be likened to a stage set; it can speak volumes about an occasion, the person who set it and it contains a plethora of subtle [and sometimes not so subtle] social messages – in short, it is the scenery that acts as a foil for the guests to perform, often […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER HITS GOLD AT HERITAGE 讓中國出口銀器金榜題名的傳承(拍賣行)

At the back end of August this year, the Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions had consulted with me regarding some items of Chinese Export Silver due to be consigned in a mixed silver sale for 5th November. They did it of their own accord, as opposed to my usual hectoring of auction houses at half-hearted […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER – Masters of the Tazza 中國出口銀器: 藝術大師級的高腳盤子

  It is equally perplexing to find the origins of the object we know as a “tazza” as to understand why Chinese silversmiths during the Chinese Export Silver period [1785-1940] both excelled at and took such obvious delight in making. The word itself means a cup of a vessel and is derived from the Persian […]

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