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19th Century Chinese Export Solid Silver Dragon Jardinière, Wang Hing circa 1890

$8,829.26

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Antique late 19th century Chinese large solid silver jardinière, of oval form, applied with unusual twin dragon head handles with rings in mouth and standing on four coiled dragon feet, shaped top rim and sides decorated with pierced dragons amongst clouds, the front with a round vacant cartouche. The base hallmarked with Chinese character mark and Retailer WH, (active 1854-1941, Canton), Probably the greatest and finest Chinese Export retailer, Wang Hing started trading in Canton soon after 1842 when, with the end of the First Opium War and the treaty of Nanking, China opened its ports to foreign merchants and Hong Kong became a British colony. Wang Hing was the trading name chosen by the Lo family who established the business and passed it down for generations until 1941. Although we don't have any information about the founder of the company, we know that the Lo family was a wealthy merchant family living in one of the richest and buzzing areas of Canton, the district of Xiguan. Thanks to the fine quality of the pieces and to the entrepreneurial abilities of the family members, the reputation of the firm grew and in 1920s Lo Hung Tong, grandson of the founder, opened a shop at 10 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong and in Shanghai. Wang Hing artworks became very popular among Western clients, who often commissioned trophies and presentation pieces decorated with the traditional Chinese motifs such as dragons, bamboo leaves and prunus blossoms. In 1941 with the Japanese invasion, the Lo family was forced to flee to mainland China and the business ceased trading. Measures: Height 14cm Width 27 x 18cm Weight: 735g.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.52 in. (14 cm)Width: 10.63 in. (27 cm)Depth: 7.09 in. (18 cm)
  • Style
    Chinese Export (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Great Condition - No Damage.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A64351stDibs: LU1348220695712

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