Chinese Export Silver Mug Signed Workshop "iw" & Maker Taikat C1850
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Chinese Export Silver Mug Signed Workshop "iw" & Maker Taikat C1850:
MUSEUM WORTHY c1850 CHINESE EXPORT SILVER CRANE & EXOTIC BIRD IN BAMBOO MUG; EXTREMELY RARE SHOP MARK FOR INGWO "IW" & MAKER'S SIGNATURE IN CHINESE "TAIKAT"; EXCELLENT CONDITION
We are pleased to offer this museum worthy, c1850 Chinese export silver mug.
It bears one of the most rarely found shop marks in all of trade silver "IW". As well as the actual maker of this very mug. Chinese characters translate to TaiKat" or great good fortune.
Marlowe's 1990 text for the Spark's London exhibition illustrates the identical mark and Chinese characters, page 42.
He also illustrates a near identical IW & Taikat bamboo and bird mug. Though Spark's mug is much smaller at 3 1/2 inches.
From our collection of over 300 examples of CES. Including over 50 mugs and goblets. Most acquired in the late 1970s and 1980s.
In classic tapering cylindrical form.
Double wall construction. As found on the finest, early trade silver.
Adorned with a beautifully raised and hand chased scene of cranes, and song birds set in bamboo grove. A pair of cranes move gracefully within the thick bamboo. One hunting, the other looking skyward at several other smaller birds. Some perched along the branches, others in flight.
Naturalistic branch form handle, with gnarled, notched and rough surface as real.
The shield medallion with contemporary engraved "Brenda".
Extremely well struck marks ".I.W" and characters.
This important c1850 Chinese export silver mug 4 3/4 inches.
Double wall construction, as found on the earliest export mugs it weighs 8 1/2 (standard) ounces.
In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous silver patina throughout. The beautiful raised crane and exotic bird amidst floral retain their original crisp, vibrant detail. A single leaf missing from top of handle, last image.
For the discerning collector of the finest China trade silver. A museum worthy c1850 Chinese export silver exotic birds amidst bamboo mug.
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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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