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Pair of Silver Wedding Bed Curtain Hooks

Java, Indonesia
circa 1920

length: 20.5cm, combined weight: 125g

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Provenance

private collection, London

Each of this elaborate pair of silver hooks, of shaped, pierced and engraved sheet silver comprises a bunched posy-like head of well-made flowers and accompanying foliage, and a rounded hook.

Such hooks were designed for use with the Straits or Peranakan Chinese wedding or bridal bed 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. Each is engraved on the reverse with maker’s or possibly owner’s marks ‘DR’.

References

Ho, W.M.,Straits Chinese Silver, University Education Press, 1976.

Ho, W.M., Straits Chinese Silver: A Collector’s Guide, Times International, 1984.

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