Pair of Silver Peranakan Wedding Bed Curtain Hooks
early 20th century
length: 17.5cm, combined weight: 94g
Each of this pair of silver hooks, of shaped, pierced and engraved sheet silver comprises a frame that incorporates flower heads, and a rounded hook.
Such hooks were designed for use on Java by the localised or
Peranakan Chinese in their wedding or bridal beds in conjunction with fine mosquito netting or fine silk drapes that were pulled back and gathered behind the hook during the day. The beds were typically elaborately carved and of four-poster format. The open sides were hung with curtains which were closed at night.
The silver sheet is thin – the hooks are light in the hand. They are in fine condition with no losses. There are no maker’s marks.
Ho, W.M., Straits Chinese Silver: A Collector’s Guide, Times International, 1984.Provenance:
private collection, UK.
Inventory no.: 2979b