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WESTERN EXPERT PREDICTS SILVER LINING FOR CHINESE MARKET” by Adrien von Ferscht

Article commissioned by Art Trade Journal, Beijing in conjunction with Association of Accredited Auctioneers for inclusion in December 2013 issue

CLICK ON LINK FOR PDF VERSION OF ARTICLE: ART TRADE JOURNAL, DECEMBER 2013, CHINA

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“BOSTON MERCHANTS AND THE HONGS OF CANTON” by Adrien von Ferscht

June/July Issue of New England Antique Journal

 Most of the China Trade merchants came from either Britain or North America; many of the British being Scots and a good number of the Americans being from Boston and Salem in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Bay captains and merchants had a habit of consolidating their businesses by intermarrying, many of them establishing permanent Canton bases within the Thirteen Hongs territory.

It seemed fitting the New England Antique Journal commissioned this article. So much of the history of Chinese Export Silver was a result of pioneering merchant seafaring families from the Massachusetts Bay area

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RICH GEM: MAY 31 2013

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TFNO: THE FINANCIAL NEWS ONLINE MAY 14 2013

http://www.thefinancialnewsonline.com/worthpoint-collaborates-with-renowned-chinese-export-silver-expert-adrien-von-ferscht/12170

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JUNE 2013 ISSUE OF PHILADELPHIA JUNTO:

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Chinese Export Silver copyCHINESE EXPORT SILVER: The Hottest Antique Silver Category on the Planet Yet Much Misunderstood

An article I’ve written exclusively for Silver Magazine in the US, published in the January/February 2013 issue

The article is reproduced on this site by permission of Silver Magazine – the largest circulation silver collector’s publication in America  http://www.silvermag.com

 

An all-round informative 6-page article explaining what Chinese Export Silver is, how to recognise it and why it often achieves auction room hammer values far in excess of comparable British, American and Continental 19th and 20th century makers   

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DREWEATTS NOVEMBER 2012 SILVER SALE CATALOGUE:

 

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Talk features the Chinese silver-decorated Haig’s whisky bottle

29 May 2012

Bank of China Manager, Dong Wang, holds the Chinese silver-decorated Haig’s whisky bottle – treasured possession of Adrien von Ferscht who recently gave an illustrated talk on “Chinese Antique Export Silver” at the Glasgow Art Club. Also pictured at the event with Adrien are Tim Wong, River Fu and Xikai Jia, all from the Bank of China Glasgow branch.

Adrien is one of the leading experts in Chinese Export Silver in the UK and is consultant to Lyon & Turnbull for this unique sector of antique silver.

“This is probably one of my personal favourite items. Several Chinese Export Silver silversmiths created decanters by making elaborate reticulated silver “cages” over simple Haig “Dimple” whisky bottles.

You might be surprised to learn that Haig first introduced the dimple bottle in the early 1890’s and it became an instant success across the world and probably the world’s first designer packaging. These decanters became a Chinese Export Silver oddity and somewhat of a must-have, resulting in them being copied by other Chinese master silversmiths.

Decanters made by Wang Hing are considered the finest and tend to command the highest values ­ typically from £2000 upwards, but this price is rapidly rising as they are once again a sought after status symbol amongst affluent Chinese.”

Chinese Export Silver was created by highly skilled master silversmiths in China from the mid 18th century onwards. They copied the western style, but many of the pieces carry an unmistakable Chinese flavour. It was avidly collected by European royalty including Catherine the Great and our own Royal family with many pieces still remaining in the Hermitage and our own Royal collection.
 Silver was to be found in abundance in China – successive Emperors insisted that trade could only be done with China on payment of special silver coinage known as ‘pieces of eight’. This became the raw material that produced the items commissioned by ships’ captains to bring back to Europe to sell.

Lyon & Turnbull is the only UK auction house to have dedicated in-house expertise in Chinese Export Silver and will be holding the first ever Chinese Export Silver sale in the UK on June 26 in Edinburgh.

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