This very fine and unusual cup, saucer and cover is from Vietnam, although typically many would erroneously describe it as export Chinese silver. It is the product of local Chinese silversmiths probably operating in Saigon.
Each piece has been chased with panels of plum blossoms against very finely tooled backgrounds and separated by fine trellis designs.
Each item – the cup, the saucer and the lid – is double-walled. This is very rare and shows the high quality of this piece. It means that the chasing cannot be seen on the reverse side of the silver – each piece has been lined to hide this.
The saucer is high – almost bowl-like. The cover to the cup fits tightly. It is domed and finished with a plain spherical knop. The handle to the cop is straight and unembellished.
The set is in excellent condition, and has a fine patina. There are no maker’s marks.
Baptiste, P. et al, L’envol du Dragon: Art Royal du Vietnam, Snoeck, 2014.