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Chinese Export Silver Chrysanthemum Bowl C1880 Unrecorded Maker Mt 1-2 For Sale
RARE c1880 CHINESE EXPORT SILVER ROYAL CHRYSANTHEMUM BOWL; SIGNED FOR UNRECORDED SHOP OF MAKER "MT"; EXCELLENT CONDITION
We are pleased to offer this exceptional c1880 Chinese export silver royal chrysanthemum rice bowl.
Well struck marks MT and chinese characters. There is no mention of this maker in Forbes, Chan, Sparks or any of the other known reference works on CES.
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 winter 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 circular form.
Adorned with a series of beautifuly pierced leaf and floral displays.
Lush royal chrysanthemums in various stages of bloom.
Each scene ever so slightly distinct from the others. Illustrating the hand crafted origin of the rice bowl.
Finest, life like finish detail throughout. Clearly a Chinese master chaser.
Signed MT. Maker has not been recorded in any CES texts.
Chinese silver bowl is 4 7/8 inches and 3 1/2 standard ounces.
In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous silver patina throughout. The beautiful carved floral sprays retain their original crisp, vibrant detail. No appaent splits or restoration to extensive pierced work.
For the discerning collector of the finest China trade silver. A rare c1880 Chinese silver, maker MT raised floral pierced floral bowl.
Please feel free to inquire directly about this, or any item we've listed. Whether the item is alone or part of a set. We very much welcome your interest. We are collectors first. As such, we are quite easy to work with.
We happily combine items when shipping, saving you costs. We ship twice weekly, usually US Postal Priority. Fully insured for domestic packages, and air parcel overseas. We charge a bit more than actual cost for custom size boxes, shipping materials and to pay for professional packing.
We make great effort to accurately describe each item listed. Returns are accepted, if either condition, country of origin or dating is significantly incorrect. In such cases we refund your shipping costs as well. Like you, we are only human, and make mistakes. Hopefully, not too many.
Remember, the items you see are antiques. Hence, have an expected amount of wear from normal use. As such, returning an item because we failed to mention the tiniest bit of wear, or barely discernible flaw is not acceptable. Nor do we accept returns based on buyer's remorse. Nor change of taste, or because a buyer did not realize how "small" four inches might be once in hand.
Please note, Massachusetts residents are subject to sales tax.
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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.