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These repousse elements are set against a finely worked background which provides visual and textural contrast.\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe bowl is supported by a plain silver stem which increases in girth towards the base. This rises from a tiered inverted bell-shaped foot. The shape of the foot, which suggests a stack of three bells, is believed to reference the traditional architectural shape of a stupa. The top of the ‘bell’ has been ornamented with a simple repeating geometric border resembling a row of large beads. Around the side of the bell there are four small panels of repousse and chased ornament. Each panel contains one plant. These are the plum (梅), the orchid (蘭), the bamboo (竹), and the chrysanthemum (菊). \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eIn Chinese art the four plants are referred to as the ‘Four Gentlemen’ (四子) or ‘Four Noble Ones’. They are great favourites which have been depicted in Chinese paintings for more than a thousand years, particularly in traditional Chinese ink and wash painting. They are valued for two reasons; their refined beauty, as well as the moral characteristics with which Chinese literati have imbued them. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe goblet has been stamped to the underside of the foot and although the mark is a little smudged, we believe the letters to be HC, for the firm of Hung Chong \u0026amp; Co. There is also a Chinese character mark. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eHung Chong \u0026amp; Co was a prominent and highly regarded retail silversmith based in Shanghai. They traded from premises at 11b Nanking Road. Initially, they were only manufacturers but under the ownership of Mr Fok Ying Chew, they opened a retail store in 1892 selling silver, gold and carved ivory objects together with blackwood furniture and textiles. Hung Chong are widely regarded as one of the best goldsmiths and silversmiths in Shanghai during the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAdrien von Ferscht features a rectangular box with similar chrysanthemum ornamentation under the entry for Hung Chong in his Collectors’ Guide. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eProvenance:- European Antiques Trade\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDimensions:- Height 15 cms; Width 7.3 cms \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWeight:- 144 grammes\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eReferences:-\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAdrien von Ferscht, Chinese Export Silver 1785 – 1940, The Definitive Collectors’ Guide, 4th Edition, Glasgow, 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fine and unusual antique Chinese silver goblet dates to around 1890. The bell shaped bowl has been ornamented with a repousse and chased depiction of the chrysanthemum plant and bears a vacant circular cartouche to the front. At the time this was made, chrysanthemums were a very popular design with both the Chinese and European communities. The depiction is extremely lifelike and naturalistic. It features the chrysanthemum flower at various stages of its development from a small bud to a blowsy, full blown flower, together with its leaves and stems. These repousse elements are set against a finely worked background which provides visual and textural contrast.\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe bowl is supported by a plain silver stem which increases in girth towards the base. This rises from a tiered inverted bell-shaped foot. The shape of the foot, which suggests a stack of three bells, is believed to reference the traditional architectural shape of a stupa. The top of the ‘bell’ has been ornamented with a simple repeating geometric border resembling a row of large beads. Around the side of the bell there are four small panels of repousse and chased ornament. Each panel contains one plant. These are the plum (梅), the orchid (蘭), the bamboo (竹), and the chrysanthemum (菊). \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eIn Chinese art the four plants are referred to as the ‘Four Gentlemen’ (四子) or ‘Four Noble Ones’. They are great favourites which have been depicted in Chinese paintings for more than a thousand years, particularly in traditional Chinese ink and wash painting. They are valued for two reasons; their refined beauty, as well as the moral characteristics with which Chinese literati have imbued them. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe goblet has been stamped to the underside of the foot and although the mark is a little smudged, we believe the letters to be HC, for the firm of Hung Chong \u0026amp; Co. There is also a Chinese character mark. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eHung Chong \u0026amp; Co was a prominent and highly regarded retail silversmith based in Shanghai. They traded from premises at 11b Nanking Road. Initially, they were only manufacturers but under the ownership of Mr Fok Ying Chew, they opened a retail store in 1892 selling silver, gold and carved ivory objects together with blackwood furniture and textiles. Hung Chong are widely regarded as one of the best goldsmiths and silversmiths in Shanghai during the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAdrien von Ferscht features a rectangular box with similar chrysanthemum ornamentation under the entry for Hung Chong in his Collectors’ Guide. \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eProvenance:- European Antiques Trade\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDimensions:- Height 15 cms; Width 7.3 cms \u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWeight:- 144 grammes\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eReferences:-\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cbr data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAdrien von Ferscht, Chinese Export Silver 1785 – 1940, The Definitive Collectors’ Guide, 4th Edition, Glasgow, 2015\u003cbr\u003e"}

Antique Chinese Silver Goblet, Shanghai, China - Circa 1890

Product Description
This fine and unusual antique Chinese silver goblet dates to around 1890. The bell shaped bowl has been ornamented with a repousse and chased depiction of the chrysanthemum plant and bears a vacant circular cartouche to the front. At the time this was made, chrysanthemums were a very popular design with both the Chinese and European communities. The depiction is extremely lifelike and naturalistic. It features the chrysanthemum flower at various stages of its development from a small bud to a blowsy, full blown flower, together with its leaves and stems. These repousse elements are set against a finely worked background which provides visual and textural contrast.

The bowl is supported by a plain silver stem which increases in girth towards the base. This rises from a tiered inverted bell-shaped foot. The shape of the foot, which suggests a stack of three bells, is believed to reference the traditional architectural shape of a stupa. The top of the ‘bell’ has been ornamented with a simple repeating geometric border resembling a row of large beads. Around the side of the bell there are four small panels of repousse and chased ornament. Each panel contains one plant. These are the plum (梅), the orchid (蘭), the bamboo (竹), and the chrysanthemum (菊).

In Chinese art the four plants are referred to as the ‘Four Gentlemen’ (四子) or ‘Four Noble Ones’. They are great favourites which have been depicted in Chinese paintings for more than a thousand years, particularly in traditional Chinese ink and wash painting. They are valued for two reasons; their refined beauty, as well as the moral characteristics with which Chinese literati have imbued them.

The goblet has been stamped to the underside of the foot and although the mark is a little smudged, we believe the letters to be HC, for the firm of Hung Chong & Co. There is also a Chinese character mark.

Hung Chong & Co was a prominent and highly regarded retail silversmith based in Shanghai. They traded from premises at 11b Nanking Road. Initially, they were only manufacturers but under the ownership of Mr Fok Ying Chew, they opened a retail store in 1892 selling silver, gold and carved ivory objects together with blackwood furniture and textiles. Hung Chong are widely regarded as one of the best goldsmiths and silversmiths in Shanghai during the late 19th and early twentieth centuries.

Adrien von Ferscht features a rectangular box with similar chrysanthemum ornamentation under the entry for Hung Chong in his Collectors’ Guide.

Provenance:- European Antiques Trade

Dimensions:- Height 15 cms; Width 7.3 cms

Weight:- 144 grammes

References:-

Adrien von Ferscht, Chinese Export Silver 1785 – 1940, The Definitive Collectors’ Guide, 4th Edition, Glasgow, 2015
£650.00
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