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Open-work Silver Dish with Bamboo-Design Handle
diameter: 22.5cm, height to top of handle 18.5cm, weight: 338g
This pleasing solid silver dish with a central plain well surrounded by a wide petal border infilled with floral open-work stands on three ball feet and has a
hinged wire handle in the form of two thin bamboo canes.
A maker's mark is stamped twice to the base. It is indistinct but appears to read 'Da Bao'.
The condition is very good; there are no dents, repairs or splits.
Items such as this dish were made in southern China and Shanghai in the 19th and early 20th century for export to the European and US markets. Chinese
export silver has recently become much sort after, most particularly because mainland Chinese collectors have turned their interest to this medium.
Provenance: UK art market
References: Forbes, H.A.C. et al, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, Museum of the American China Trade, 1975; Kernan, J.D., The Chait Collection of
Chinese Export Silver, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, 1985; Marlowe, A.J., Chinese Export Silver, John Sparks, 1990; & Chan, DPL, Chinese Export Silver: The
Chan Collection, published in conjunction with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.
Inventory no.: 1157
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