Lin Chong Early Chinese Export Silver Georgian Snuff Box Jiaqing Scholars Rare For Sale

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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
Era: 1810

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:
  • very minor dings to underside in places - see images

Length: 2.5"
Width: 1.5"
Height: 0.75"
Weight: 79gms



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  • signed delivery confirmation
  • quality, personal packing
  • concise communication
Your piece will be meticulously presented in bubble wrap, loose fill and encased in a strong durable box; great lengths are made to ensure safe delivery to all our clients.

A tax invoice will be included with your package, final price includes GST.

Overseas buyers please note that any applicable import tariff to your country is not included in the final value price and is the responsibility of the buyer.


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