Lin Chong Early Chinese Export Silver Georgian Snuff Box Jiaqing Scholars Rare
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Lin Chong Early Chinese Export Silver Georgian Snuff Box Jiaqing Scholars Rare :
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Early Lin Chong sterling silver snuff box
A highly collectable example of early trade silver by Cantonese master silversmith, Lin Chong
Engraved decoration is found on all surfaces, including underneath(quite rare)
Box weighs 79gms and measures 2.5" in length by 0.75" high and 1.5" wide
Above: Lin Chong pseduo-hallmark where his initial replaces the date letter.
Below left: Top of box displaying hidden hinge and below right: underside of box
Each side bears a different scene including Scholars playing checkers? Fighting foo dogs and street scenes.
Above: as seen in hand and below displays the beautiful inner silver-gilt finish
Above: some of our other lovely items for sale or already sold on
Please see above left for further images to be super sized for extra viewing Silver mark: Chinese trade pseudo marks
Maker: Lin Chong
For sale this week is a prized example of genuine Chinese trade silver by the master Georgian silversmith, Lin Chong of Canton.
Circa 1810 at the latest this snuff box is an early example of Lin Chong's work and features a hidden hinge, prolific engraving to all surfaces and a beautifully gilded interior; the scenes include scholars, animals, street life and varying other images. It seems that the more I study the perplexities and depth of engraving further details emerge, this is an intensely decorated box that simply commands attention.
The work of Lin Chong is now difficult to find and items seldom come to the market, having been recorded as one of the early Chinese silversmiths whose work is often discussed in the same sentence as that of Storr and Revere.
It is not only the pedigree of maker but the cultural significance that causes importance; pieces such as this were often crafted in English form at the request of merchants who had recognized the talent of the Cantonese silversmiths.
To have a piece by Lin Chong is truly humbling and an honor.
In good condition, details as follows:
minor dings to
in places - see
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