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 […]

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”, […]

Meta-Museum – Chinese Export Silver: The Art of Filigree

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: THE ART OF FILIGREE Jewish Sephardi silversmiths took their technique of filigree work with them when they were expelled from Spain. The same was true of the Huguenots in 17th-century France. We know that Jewish silversmiths operated in China from very early on and surprisingly Jewish Chinese populations exist to the present […]

Meta-Museum – LIN CHONG: The Unsung Cantonese Master Georgian Silversmith

LIN CHONG:  The Unsung Cantonese Master Georgian Silversmith The art of silversmithing has a 2000 year history in China, 1200 years sees the production of highly sophisticated wares that draw influences from empires and cultures that existed along the Silk Route. Until the latter part of the 18th century the work was mainly destined for […]

Meta-Museum – The Art of the Chinese Dragon Late 19th Century Style

The dragon is probably the most-used symbol in all forms of Chinese art and mythology. The dragon represents the “yang’, while the phoenix [fènghuáng] represents the “ying”. Chinese dragons traditionally symbolise potent and auspicious powers – powers that are capable of controlling water, rainfall, hurricanes and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, […]

Meta-Museum – Chinese Export Silver c.1900 Tray versus Song Dynasty c.1100 Silver Dish

Meta-Museum – A magnificent Chinese Export Silver epergne made by Hoaching in Canton, circa 1870

A magnificent Chinese Export Silver epergne made by Hoaching in Canton, circa 1870 Hoaching is an interesting silversmith. He is only known to have operated for 20 years yet all surviving pieces are without exception of the highest quality and all have his highly decorated trademark It is reasonably safe to assume this particular item […]

Meta-Museum – Megillah

Pictured left is a rare late 19th century Chinese Export Silver gilt megillah made by Wang Hing and bearing the Wang Hing mark with a secondary ideogram mark that reads “Rao J”. Rao was actually a Singapore-based silversmith, making this collaboration with Wang Hing all the more unusual. Examples of Chinese silver Judaica are extraordinarily […]

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 – […]

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