Meta-Museum – Antwerp Cup

An exquisite Chinese Export Silver lidded cup by the renowned Wang Hing & Co

Dated circa 1885, the cup stands 42cm high; the diameter of the stand is 40cm; the diameter of the lid 18.1cm. The cup weighs 2179gm [70.06 Troy ounces]. The armorial cartouche remains blank

The maker’s mark is pictured below right – a typical stamp for Wang Hing of the period. The artisan’s mark [below left] reads “Xi’an”

The cup is part of the main collection at the Zilvermuseum housed in the Sterckshof castle in Deurne, Antwerp – a 20th century replica of the 16th century building.

The cup was gifted to the museum by Denise Brouwers as a legacy and is the only example of Chinese Export Silver currently in the museum collection.

A similar piece was sold at auction at Bonham’s, London in 2011 for £21,250, however, it was not by Wang Hing and was by a lesser maker

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