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This very fine Chinese export silver taza is among the earliest known examples of work by the firm Wang Hing. The name of the maker is written in full on the piece.
The base is flared and scalloped. From this rise three thick stems of plum tree topped by elegantly-rendered thickets of plum blossoms. An elegant, pierced bowl sits atop this.
The bowl has a reinforced scalloped rim, and sides that pierced and engraved finely with plum blossoms.
Wang Hing was a firm that was active in Canton and Hong Kong in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and first quarter of the twentieth century.
The taza is in excellent condition.
Chan, D.P.L., Chinese Export Silver: The Chan Collection, published in conjunction with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.
Forbes, H.A.C. et al, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, Museum of the American China Trade, 1975.
Marlowe, A.J., Chinese Export Silver, John Sparks, 1990.