ANTIQUE 19thC CHINESE EXPORT SOLID SILVER DRAGON BOWL, WANG HING c.1890

ANTIQUE 19thC CHINESE EXPORT SOLID SILVER DRAGON BOWL, WANG HING c.1890

9,995.00

19th Century Chinese silver decorative dragon bowl, of round form with an embossed floral rim, matted ground decorated with four panels. depicting blossoming cherry trees, chrysanthemums, bamboo and water lilies. The bowl applied with a pair of cast handles modeled as winged dragons, base supported by three mythical dragons.

Hallmarked with Chinese character marks and retailers mark WH for Wang Hing.

Reference Number: A5798

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DESCRIPTION

Antique late-19th Century Chinese solid silver decorative dragon bowl, of round form with an embossed floral rim, matted ground decorated with four panels. depicting blossoming cherry trees, chrysanthemums, bamboo and water lilies. The bowl applied with a pair of cast handles modeled as winged dragons, base supported by three mythical dragons. The bowl is particularly large, heavy and very well crafted, by one of the most rare and outstanding Chinese silversmiths & retailers.

The base hallmarked with Chinese character marks and retailers mark WH for Wang Hing. Probably the greatest and finest Chinese Export retailer, Wang Hing started trading in Canton soon after 1842 when, with the end of the First Opium War and the treaty of Nanking, China opened its ports to foreign merchants and Hong Kong became a British colony.

Wang Hing was the trading name chosen by the Lo family who established the business and passed it down for generations until 1941. Although we don’t have any information about the founder of the company, we know that the Lo family was a wealthy merchant family living in one of the richest and buzzing areas of Canton, the district of Xiguan.

Thanks to the fine quality of the pieces and to the entrepreneurial abilities of the family members, the reputation of the firm grew and in 1920’s Lo Hung Tong, grandson of the founder, opened a shop at 10 Queen’s Road, Hong Kong and in Shanghai. Wang Hingartworks became very popular among Western clients, who often commissioned trophies and presentation pieces decorated with the traditional Chinese motifs such as dragons, bamboo leaves and prunus blossoms. In 1941 with the Japanese invasion, the Lo family was forced to flee to mainland China and the business ceased trading.

CONDITION

In Great Condition - No Damage.

SIZE

Height: 17.5cm
Width: 28.5 x 21cm
Weight: 1035g