META-MUSEUM: CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: The oddities, the mysteries & sometimes the agonies! 中國出口銀器: 奇異的, 神秘的, 也有時令人苦惱的.

One of the many advantages of being known as carrying out in-depth research into Chinese Export Silver and its complex history is that I receive a huge number of images from people from around the world. The volume has increased as readership grows; a noticeable spike in the graph occurred when I began collaborating with […]

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META-MUSEUM: CHINESE EXPORT SILVER FOR THE ISLAMIC WORLD 伊斯蘭世界的中國出口銀器.

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER FOR THE ISLAMIC WORLD 伊斯蘭世界的中國出口銀器. It was back in 2012 that I first wrote an article about Chinese Export Silver that was clearly made for the Islamic world. A further year of research has brought to light much more information; what was already an interesting niche in an even more interesting silver […]

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META-MUSEUM: CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: FIRMLY FOOTED IN CHINESE MYTHOLOGY 中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: FIRMLY FOOTED IN CHINESE MYTHOLOGY 中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 All cultures have their own mythological hoofed beasts. The Etruscans had their minotaur, European mythology has its unicorn, in Hebrew mythology there is the re’em and in Egyptian lore there is the cerberus. In China there is the Qílín [pronounced Chhi-lin]. Antique silver and furniture have […]

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META-MUSEUM: BEAM ME UP SCOTTY – OR PIPE ME ABOARD! The curious phenomenon that was 19th century Chinese Export Silver Bosun’s Whistles 傳送我上去吧, 史考特. 十九世紀中國出口銀海軍口笛的特殊實物

I realise that many of the regular readers of my weekly articles might be thinking I’ve lost the plot by the title of this piece, but bear with me and all will be made clear, bizarre as it may seem at first glance!  What we know as The China Trade began in 1757, when by […]

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META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER FLORAL TOURS DE FORCE 中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER FLORAL TOURS DE FORCE  中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 I have decided I must be a very privileged person. Not only am I constantly viewing outstanding items of silver as my academic research progresses at a pace, but I get to see so many spectacular examples of Chinese Export Silver that people from all around the […]

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META-MUSEUM:THE CONSUMMATE GEORGIAN SILVERSMITH OF CANTON 一位技術高超的喬治時期廣東銀匠

THE CONSUMMATE GEORGIAN SILVERSMITH OF CANTON                                                                                        一位技術高超的喬治時期廣東銀匠 I write prodigiously about Chinese Export Silver and, if I lived in an ideal world, I would like to think that gradually I am raising the awareness of this highly significant silver category to the height it rightly deserves. Chinese Export Silver ranks amongst some of the […]

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META-MUSEUM: THE TALE OF A CHINESE EXPORT SILVER HIDDEN GEM 中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒

 THE TALE OF A CHINESE EXPORT SILVER HIDDEN GEM                                                                                        中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒 Being a […]

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META-MUSEUM: THE SILVER SHANGHAI JAZZ AGE 銀色上海爵士樂年代.

  THE SILVER SHANGHAI JAZZ AGE  銀色上海爵士樂年代. 1920’s Shanghai was New York without the speakeasies! It was a city ready, ripe and totally made for the Jazz Age and it did it with style. Known as the “Paris of Asia,” Shanghai boasted fine restaurants – it also had casinos, greyhound and horse racing tracks, scores […]

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META-MUSEUM: CHINESE CLOUDS HAVE ALWAYS HAD SILVER LININGS! 中國的雲總是有銀襯裡!

 CHINESE CLOUDS HAVE ALWAYS HAD SILVER LININGS!    中國的雲總是有銀襯裡! Historically, silver has always had a greater value within China than anywhere else in the world. Today, as with most things Chinese, we find history repeating itself. In the 16th century silver had a value double in China to that of Europe, the very same phenomenon […]

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META-MUSEUM: THE SILVER CATEGORY THAT ELUDED EVERYONE!. 個一直被忽視的銀器類別 ! WHY? 為什麼?

This is an article originally written for WorthPoint. It was prompted by the many questions I am posed by people from all over the world and the fact I am constantly amazed how Chinese Export Silver slips under most people’s radar…… It’s not uncommon that I get torn off a strip by antique silver experts […]

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