Chinese Export Silver Battling Dragon Scholars Box Wing Fat C1875 Rare
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Chinese Export Silver Battling Dragon Scholars Box Wing Fat C1875 Rare:
RARE c1875 CHINESE EXPORT SILVER BATTLING DRAGONS & PEARL SCHOLAR'S BOX; LUSH DIFFERENT FLORAL SPRAYS TO EACH SIDE PANEL; WING FAT
We are pleased to offer this museum worthy, c1875 Chinese export silver battling dragon scholar's box.
From our thirty five year collection of over 300 examples of CES. Most acquired in the late 1970s and 1980s.
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.
In classic raised rectangular shape.
The cover adorned with beautifully hand raised battling dragons. Set amidst streaming fire and rolling cloud formations. The dragon's partially hidden under the cloud cover.
The pearl as fiery lotus. The most desired of all pearl forms. Set against rich stippled background. Like satin.
Each of the four side panels with a unique floral sprays. Royal chrysanthemum, iris, delicate prunus and streaming bamboo. Also set atop satin background
Well cast ball feet.
Signed for the rarely seen shop of Wing Fat. Chan (2005) lists the shop of third quarter 19th century. Little more is known.
This c1875 Chinese export silver battling dragon scholars box is 5 inches long.
Constructed of thick, heavy guage silver it weighs 8 (standard) ounces.
In very fine condition. Rich, lustreous silver patina throughout. The beautiful raised battling dragons and floral sprays retain their original crisp, vibrant detail. Two small splits lower front corners of base.
For the discerning collector of the finest China trade silver. A museum worthy c1875 Chinese export silver battling dragon scholar's box. Signed for the not often found shop of Wing Fat.
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From our personal collection, an elegant mid 19th century coin silver basket, from John and Edward Moore, of Tiffany fame. Illustrated in the cover article of May/June 2008 Silver Magazine, page 27.
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