Chinese Silver

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Chinese Silver

An Introduction

One of the most productive periods of silver manufacture in China was from the late 19th century up to the 1920’s.

A large number of silversmiths were working in mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong producing items both for the domestic Chinese market and for export. Chinese silversmiths had a long history of producing high quality wares for the export market in Europe and in the USA in the taste and forms of the country to which the exports were destined.

By the late 19th. century the export market began more and more to appreciate the Chinese style of decoration. During this period traditional Chinese themes of flowers and dragons started being generally used to decorate silverware bound for export.

One of the best and most prolific suppliers of silver from China was Wang Hing & Co., 10 Queens Road, Hong Kong. The range of goods with Mr Wang Hing’s mark suggests that he was selling items made by large number of working silversmiths. Always good quality, Wang Hing silver is enthusiastically collected to this day and appreciated for its highly creative design and excellent execution.

Such was the reputation of Wang Hing & Co that the firm was patronised by wealthy clients including Indian Maharajahs, they also made silverware for the prestigious New York retailer Tiffany & Co. The firm of Wang Hing & Co. was still in Kowloon in 1983.

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