Inventory no.: 644

644. Silver Baba Nonya Ancestral Altar Cups


Five Straits Chinese Chased Silver Cups

Straits Settlements

19th century

height of each cup: 3.6cm; diameter at rim: 4.1cm, combined weight: 143g

Probably these miniature cups were not intended for a wedding tea set but more to serve wine and other offerings on the household altar. Each is beautifully gadrooned, with each alternate gadroon being finely chased with prunus (plum) blossoms.

Each cup has a good weight in the hand and is of relatively thick guage silver sheet.

There are no shop or silver marks.

It is likely that the cups are of Straits rather than mainland Chinese manufacture.


From a collector who acquired them some years ago in Singapore.

Inventory no.: 644

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