Meta-Museum – CHINESE BAROQUE 中国巴洛克式的样式

  META-MUSEUM: CHINESE BAROQUE 中国巴洛克式的样式 The 19th Century Chinese Export Silver Makers’ Love of Theatricality Rococo is essentially a product of the late baroque period. Although it can be described in many ways, the most delicious I think is “the Late Rococo manner was distinguished by a remarkable facility, exuberance and hedonism”. The Late Rococo […]

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Meta-Museum – THE SHANGHAI MASTERS OF ART DECO SILVER 上海文学硕士Deco银

 THE SHANGHAI MASTERS OF ART DECO SILVER                                                               上海文学硕士Deco银                                                              The Chinese Export Silver makers embraced the style and excelled Chinese Export Silver makers were always able to master western styles and excel at creating extraordinary pieces that were the epitome of those styles. Many of the master silversmiths operated in Shanghai and Hong […]

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META-MUSEUM: CHINA AND THE 1000 YEAR OBSESSION WITH SILVER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO WORLD TRADE

  CHINA: THE 1000 YEAR OBSESSION WITH SILVER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO WORLD TRADE ……………..an insight into how Chinese Export Silver became a 150 year phenomenon 1571 is the year world trade was effectively born. It was also the year Manila, in the Philippines, came into being; the Spanish having created the last link in […]

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META-MUSEUM: 18th & 19th Century Chinese Export Silver for the Islamic World

 META-MUSEUM: Chinese Export Silver for the Islamic World The Chinese Export Silver makers of the 18th and 19th century were masters of adapting their skills to create objects of beauty not only for the Western world, but also for the Islamic world of Arabia, the Far East and the Indian sub-continent. This should hardly come […]

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Meta-Museum: Wang Hing – The Prolific, Yet Masterful Chinese Silversmith

  WANG HING – The Prolific, Yet Masterful Chinese Silversmith Having just completed researching Chinese Export Silver makers’ marks and compiling the catalogue, of the 100+ makers, none appear to have been as prolific as Wang Hing. While prolific can often mean a reduction in quality, Wang Hing managed to produce some extraordinary items and […]

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Meta-Museum – HOW THE CHINESE MADE THEIR MARK!

  THE “PSEUDO-HALLMARK” PHENOMENON   By the late 18th/early 19th centuries, the phenomenon we now know as Chinese Export Silver was well-entrenched. It happened simply because silver, as a material, was more plentiful in China than anywhere else and the art of silversmithing had been perfected to such a high level. It was also relatively […]

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Meta-Museum – HUNGER FOR SILVER CREATES GLOBAL MELTDOWN!!! CHINESE EXPORT SILVER SURVIVES THE FURNACES

      HUNGER FOR SILVER CREATES GLOBAL MELTDOWN!!! CHINESE EXPORT SILVER IS VIRTUALLY THE ONLY IMMUNE ANTIQUE SILVER CATEGORY     Once upon a time, the Chinese government forbade ownership of all precious metals. Now, the ban has been lifted – in fact, China recently introduced silver bullion bars for investment which is backed […]

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Meta-Museum – TROPHY SILVER: Chinese Export Silver Wins Hands Down!!!

TROPHY SILVER: CHINESE EXPORT SILVER WINS HANDS DOWN!!!!!! The word trophy, coined in English in 1550, is derived from the Latin word trophaeum – monument to victory. The word is used more liberally today but if there was ever an “age of the trophy”, 19th century silversmiths probably produced the most prolific and astounding array – […]

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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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