Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chinese Export Silver

Christie's is holding a big online auction of something I never heard of until today: Chinese export silver, dating mainly to between 1820 and 1930. This was made in China, mainly Canton and Shanghai, for export to the west. The vessel forms are those expected by westerners on their tables, but the decorative motifs are Chinese. Prices at the auction are mainly in the $500 to $5000 range. Above, detail of a bud vase made in Hong Kong, 1850-1910.

Three piece tea service, 1854-1920.

Silver centerpiece bowl from Shanghai, mark of Luen Wo, 1880-1925.

Detail of Canton punch bowl, c. 1895.

Tea service from Canton, 1830 to 1880.

Detail from cocktail service, 1890-1920.

Snuff box, c. 1850.

Details from a soup tureen, c. 1850.

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