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: When Sun Shone on Canton for 95 Years! 中國出口銀器: 陽光普照著廣州城的那九十五年.

CHINESE EXPORT SILVER: When Sun Shone on Canton for 95 Years! 中國出口銀器: 陽光普照著廣州城的那九十五年. I’ve been aware of some debate recently over referenced manufacturing periods for some of the Chinese Export Silver makers. I couldn’t agree more that some of the established dating requires review especially given that far more information has become and is still […]

META-MUSEUM: Pearl River Meets East River Over a Chinese Export Silver Box! 珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河!

Pearl River Meets East River Over a Chinese Export Silver Box! 珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河! For a nation that had been almost totally introspective to the point of being hermetically sealed off for hundreds of years, it never ceases to amaze me how inextricably linked the phenomenon that is Chinese Export Silver is to America, in particular the […]

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