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 […]

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 […]

META-MUSEUM: THE NEW CULTURAL REVOLUTION! 新的文化革命!

  THE NEW CULTURAL REVOLUTION!   新的文化革命!  At last! Chinese Export Silver has been recognised as a significant and major silver category by the world’s largest online antique information resource  In an effort to increase the breadth and depth of its expertise on antiques and collectibles, WorthPoint recently announced its collaboration with Adrien von Ferscht, […]

META-MUSEUM: OPIUM: THE DRUG 鸦片:药物 SILVER: THE SILENT OBEDIENT PRODIGY 中国出口银:沈默服从的奇迹

18th and 19th century trade with, to and in China was convoluted, to say the least. China was a stage where two highly different cultures met. Mostly they clashed, sometimes disastrously, but despite this chaotic melange, some found a common ground – even a fertile ground where equally convoluted trade was carried out; trade that […]

META-MUSEUM: 格伦伊格尔斯 Gleneagles: Scottish or Chinese?

格伦伊格尔斯 Gleneagles: Scottish or Chinese?                                                                                                      […]

META-MUSEUM: CHINESE ART MARKET SLUMPS; CHINESE EXPORT SILVER DOESN’T! 中国艺术市场衰落; 中国出口银不!

CHINESE ART MARKET SLUMPS; CHINESE EXPORT SILVER DOESN’T!                                                                                               […]

Meta-Museum – THE DEFINITIVE CHINESE STYLE 明确的中国式……a “chicken and egg” 1200 year evolution

When one is so deeply immersed in research, it is so easy to be blind to the obvious. This week, while meeting with a colleague, Dr Minna Törmä, our discussion suddenly brought on a reality check. Chinese Export Silver did not appear from nowhere. It was the product of a 1200 year evolution. But more […]

Meta-Museum – THE SILVER ORPHANS OF SHANGHAI 上海的银色孤儿

  THE SILVER ORPHANS OF SHANGHAI  上海的银色孤儿 “Arts & Crafts” From the T’ou Sé Wé Jesuit Orphanage That Wowed the World…. and TinTin! In December 2012 a somewhat obscure silver lot appeared in auction in the US that was described as being “Chinese Export Silver”. Being a maker I had not come across before, my […]

Meta-Museum – NO SPITTING IN THE SILVER VASE! 在银色花瓶的没有分散!

NO SPITTING IN THE SILVER VASE!   在银色花瓶的没有分散! The Chinese Export Silver spittoon that thought it was a vase! A few weeks, I featured a vase in the an article entitled “Chinese Treasures That Come and Go”. While the “vase” still is as stunning, quite soon after publishing the article I discovered the vase was […]

Meta-Museum – WILL THE REAL CUTSHING STEP FORWARD PLEASE 将真正的CUTSHING进步喜欢

WILL THE REAL CUTSHING STEP FORWARD PLEASE  将真正的CUTSHING进步喜欢 My already published Catalogue of Chinese Export Silver Makers’ Marks is an on-going piece of work that endeavours not only to identify additional makers and their marks but also the “real people” behind the “auspicious names” many Chinese makers adopted.  The following piece is part of my […]

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