Japanese Sterling Silver Dragon In Waves Tea Set Meiji Signed For SaleFINEST MEIJI JAPANESE STERLING SILVER DRAGONS IN CRASHING WAVES TEA SET; RARE DESIGN; SIGNED
We are quite pleased to offer this rare, Meiji dragon in waves tea set.
Meiji period Japanese silver was the finest the world has ever known. Much was crafted by former Samurai. Imperial decree had outlawed their warrior culture. Forcing the Samurai to channel centuries old sword making skills into breathtaking presentation and household silver.
The Meiji silver artisans were so highly regarded that Tiffany, Gorham and the leading British firms sent their staff to Japan to "learn" (steal) the secrets of the Samurai.
This exceptional Meiji set in ovoid form.
Adorned with brilliant hand raised Japanese dragons. Set amidst streaming fire and rising from crashing waves.
Meiji dragon sets, though not common, are seen regularly. Much more rare are sets depicting the dragons rising from the sea.
The dragons in exceptionally high relief from the rolling water below. Furry snout and brow, eyes ablaze, long tendrils flaring.
The teapot cover with raised pearl finial, in orb form. Also a rare design feature.
Well cast spout and handles, with conforming wave accents.
The set atop delicate scallop petal base.
This Meiji sterling silver dragon in crashing waves teapot 7 1/2 inches handle to spout 12 1/2 standard ounces.
The sugar is 5 1/2 inches and 5 standard ounces.
The cream jug is 5 inches handle to spout and 5 1/2 standard ounces.
Thick, heavy guage sterling silver set weighs 23 (standard) ounces.
Rich, lustreous sterling patina throughout. Stands even on table or display. Interior of teapot clean. Handle secure and with original heat stops. The brilliant raised dragons in waves retain their original crisp, vibrant detail. Creamer double wall construction, one small bump. Teapot with visible areas of solder. Most, though not all, around the dragon head as shown.
Please ask questions, as the set cannot be returned due to condition.
For the discerning collector of the finest hand wrought Meiji silver. Focused upon rarely seen designs. An exceptional Meiji sterling silver dragons in crashing waves tea set. Signed.
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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.
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From our personal collection, a fine mid 19th century coin silver basket by Edward & John Moore is illustrated in the cover article in May/June 2008 Silver Magazine.
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