This superb bowl by the maker Wang Hing is a fine example of Chinese export silver, in the Japanese style. It is heavy for its size.
It sits on a round, scalloped foot and has deep, tapering sides. The rim is reinforced and scalloped. The sides are decorated with eight tickets of irises among which interspersed are eleven egrets, against a polished rather than a hammered or tooled background.
The decoration appears to be applied – it has first been chased and cut out and then laid over he smooth surface of the bowl.
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 bowl 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.