META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Culture Shock! 文化震撼

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Culture Shock!   文化震撼 I have chosen to start 2014 with a rant! Humour me while I do. For two years now I have been striving to increase both an awareness and understanding of Chinese Export Silver by writing articles that disseminate optimal information in what I hope is a readable format. […]

#META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Standing on Ceremony 中國出口銀器: 講究禮儀

#CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Standing on Ceremony    中國出口銀器: 講究禮儀 Chinese culture is so enriched with allegorical imagery that one could almost say it is its very foundation. As with any world culture, it is an osmotic accumulation of influences from outside and within China over the millennia, manifesting itself in ceremonial and decorative objects in […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: BOX CLEVER! 中國出口銀器: 不凡的盒子

For Chinese artisans, boxes have always been more than mere utilitarian objects. Over the centuries, special decorative techniques were developed in order to make them extraordinarily special, while the amount of decorative detailing lavished upon boxes is often excessive relative to the size of the object or the purpose it was made for. Cultures vary […]

META-MUSEUM:SAVOIR FAIRE & “L’ART DE LA TABLE” – SO TYPICALLY CHINESE! 餐桌上的專業與藝術 – 典型的中國風格

A well-set dining table may be likened to a stage set; it can speak volumes about an occasion, the person who set it and it contains a plethora of subtle [and sometimes not so subtle] social messages – in short, it is the scenery that acts as a foil for the guests to perform, often […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER HITS GOLD AT HERITAGE 讓中國出口銀器金榜題名的傳承(拍賣行)

At the back end of August this year, the Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions had consulted with me regarding some items of Chinese Export Silver due to be consigned in a mixed silver sale for 5th November. They did it of their own accord, as opposed to my usual hectoring of auction houses at half-hearted […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER – Masters of the Tazza 中國出口銀器: 藝術大師級的高腳盤子

  It is equally perplexing to find the origins of the object we know as a “tazza” as to understand why Chinese silversmiths during the Chinese Export Silver period [1785-1940] both excelled at and took such obvious delight in making. The word itself means a cup of a vessel and is derived from the Persian […]

META-MUSEUM: The Complex Hierarchy of The China Trade Relative to the Chinese Export Silver Trade 相對於中國出口銀貿易而言的中國貿易之複雜階級制度

Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, but the period between 1757-1842 is now known as the Old China Trade. Despite frenetic attempts by the Emperor to restrict European merchants, citizens and their trading to Macau, it began to spread throughout China. The Canton System was devised to control trade […]

META-MUSEUM: CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Passing the salt in style – for 8000 years! 中國出口銀器: 遞上鹽的格調 – 8000年了!

      To many of us, we might be aware of the connotations that salt has with monarchy – a substance of high value and denoting high status. We might also be aware of the connections of salt with the Romans – the very word “salary” being a derivative that traces its roots to […]

META-MUSEUM: Chinese Export Silver: Canton Georgian Gems in Massachusetts 在馬薩諸塞州的廣東喬治亞風瑰寶

Chinese Export Silver: Canton Georgian Gems in Massachusetts                                                                                                 […]

META-MUSEUM:CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Lustrous Beacons of Excellence 中國出口銀器: 明亮的卓越之燈塔

  CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: Lustrous Beacons of Excellence   中國出口銀器: 明亮的卓越之燈塔  Chinese Export Silver is without doubt the most mysterious silver category the world ever saw. Only now, over 70 years after it faded into obscurity, are we beginning to understand some of the many enigmas; it’s the stuff of movies! As a silver category, […]

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