Joseph Cohen is a second generation antique dealer, whose family has been trading in silver for more than fifty years. He specialises in high quality, authentic, antique silver from Asia, India and the Orient, made between the 17th and the early 20th century, including colonial silverware. To complement this collection, he has a choice selection of exceptional English and Continental silver from the same period. Most of his silver objects are unique, rare and historic; they have been handmade and finely crafted, using traditional tools and techniques.
A wide selection of fine silver is available to view in Joseph’s Mayfair premises and he is always happy to help customers fulfil specific requirements. He only sources stock from private collections and trusted contacts within the established art markets of Western Europe and North America. All new stock is fully appraised and extensively researched before sale. Professional packaging, full insurance and express delivery worldwide are included with all purchases.
Joseph’s customers include many eminent collectors and some of the world’s most notable museums.
Joseph Cohen, an acknowledged expert in the field of oriental silver, adopts an individual philosophy and approach. Joseph has never believed in following transient trends and changing fashions in antiques but is totally committed to seeking out rare, distinctive, hand crafted, unique and authentic antiques, particularly silver and metalwork, whatever their country of origin.
Coming from the second generation of a family dealing in quality oriental antiques for more than half a century, Joseph grew up ‘in the trade’ and his education in this area started early! His passion for antique hand crafted silver began in childhood and is undimmed today. Fired by an innate curiosity, his quest for increased knowledge and understanding continues. Joseph loves to share his passion and expertise with others and to advise and guide those who are newcomers to this fascinating area.
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T anjore-ware originates and gets its name from the city of Tanjore, now called Thanjavur, in southern India and has similarities with the 19th century ‘swami’ silver which was made in the Madras, now called Chennai, area, a short distance away. Hindu gods and mythical beings are depicted in the same distinctive style in both, heavily influenced by the ancient stone carvings which can be found in the numerous temples within this region, particularly the ‘Great Lving Chola Temples’, now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
B idri is the technique of inlaying zinc vessels with brass, silver or gold. This form of decoration is uniquely Indian and began in the city of Bidar, in the Deccan. The oldest known examples date from the late 17th century, but according to oral legend, production of bidri began during the 16th century.