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19th Century Chinese Export Silver Cup & Cover By Kwong Hing Loong Circa 1890

19th Century Chinese Export Silver Cup & Cover By Kwong Hing Loong Circa 1890

19th Century Chinese Export Silver Cup & Cover By Kwong Hing Loong Circa 1890

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Antique late-19th Century Chinese export large and very unusual solid silver cup with cover, of an inverted and square pear shape, standing on a square base, the body showing a compendium of the finest styles used in Chinese export silver, first panel depicting two flying dragons chasing the pear of wisdom amongst clouds, second blooming chrysanthemum flowers, third a blossoming cherry tree with flying birds and fourth a lush bamboo forest with birds. The decoration is extremely crisp and detailed, the cup shows almost all the patterns and most popular decorative techniques used at the time, like the engraved stylized scrolling foliage, acanthus leaf and cross-key boarders, dense bamboo leaves, realistic dragons in relief, chrysanthemums flowers, blossoming cherry trees, flying and perched birds. The sides are mounted with very unusual and large bat handles, a symbol of happiness and joy in Chinese culture and the lid mounted with an eagle a symbol of strength. The cup is particularly large, heavy and very well crafted, by one of the most outstanding Chinese silver retailers. The base hallmarked with the retailers mark KHL for Kwong Hing Loong & Company (active 1880-1920), For more information please see A.Von Ferscht, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940, 4th edition 2015, page 355.

Dimensions

W88.9 x H109.22 x D58.42

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Good

Date of manufacture

1800s

Place of origin

China

Period

19th Century

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SKU

18783005
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