Chinese Export Silver & Cloisonne Enamel Miniature Ship On Waves Rare For SaleONE OF A KIND CHINESE EXPORT SILVER GILT & ENAMEL SHIP ON CRASHING WAVES; HAND CRAFTED USING FINEST FILIGREE WORK
We are pleased to offer this museum worthy, perhaps one of a kind, Chinese export silver gilt and enamel miniature ship on rolling waves.
Trade silver prices have exploded in the past year. As evidenced by Skinners Boston sales in Fall 2010. There a pair of 4 1/4 inches vases for $2000. Later in 2011 a common, damaged 20 ounce CES tea set sold for $6800 USD at Halls Gallery in the UK. A slightly larger, damaged, mismatched set sold at Christie's London this past winter for $7200.
As trade silver prices soar, we have been unwilling to sell the best pieces of our personal collection.
Until this past month. When a tiny, twenty one ounce CES tea service, with damaged enamel work sold for 35,000 GBP plus premium ($70,000 USD) at Bonhams UK.
Beautifully hand crafted as real.
This type of ship sometimes referred to as a nef, from the French. The English equivalent a carrack. However, normally a nef would have 3-4 sails.
Long slender hull, with series of barrels stored at mid deck.
Billowing sail comprised of some of the most intricately fashioned filigree scrolling medallion work we have even encountered. Under 20X loop, the filigree appears as repeating bead work.
The ship atop brilliant sea green enamel and gilt lined waves, simulating the crashing seas.
Conforming scrolling medallion filigree base.
Long shaped solid silver rudder.
Unmarked. We guarantee solid silver Not silver plate.
Chinese silver gilt and enamel ship is 6 1/2 inches weighs 2 3/4 standard ounces.
Excellent condition. Rich, lustreous silver gilt patina. The extensive filigree appears free of splits or restoration. The enamel waves in fine state. Tiny barely noted split to incurved lower sail, modest loss of gilt.
For the discerning collector of the finest China trade silver. A museum worthy Chinese export silver gilt and enamel miniature filigree ship on rolling waves.
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