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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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