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    Pair of Chinese Export Silver Bowls by Zeewo, with Original Blue Glass Liners

    Shanghai, China
    early 20th century

    diameter: approximately 11.7cm, height: 5.5cm, combined weight (of silver only): 177g



    UK art market

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    This very fine pair of silver bowls decorated with a pierced iris flower pattern is by Zeewo, a Shanghai-based silver retailing firm that operated in the first part of the 20th century.

    The decoration is very much in the style of Japanese silversmithing from around the same period.

    The bowls retain their original blue glass liners which have been handblown and so have a charming unevenness. They are in perfect condition and are without chips or cracks.


    Chan, D.P.L., Chinese Export Silver: The Chan Collection, published in conjunction with the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.

    Kernan, J.D., The Chait Collection of Chinese Export Silver, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, 1985.

    Forbes, H.A.C. et alChinese Export Silver 1785-1885, Museum of the American China Trade, 1975.

    Marlowe, A.J., Chinese Export Silver, John Sparks, 1990.

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