ANTIQUE 19thC CHINESE EXPORT TU MAO XING SOLID SILVER 7PS TEA SET ON TRAY c.1880

ANTIQUE 19thC CHINESE EXPORT TU MAO XING SOLID SILVER 7PS TEA SET ON TRAY c.1880

16,595.00

REFERENCE NUMBER: A3356

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DESCRIPTION

Antique late-19th Century Chinese Export Solid Silver seven piece tea and coffee service on a tray, comprising of coffee pot, teapot, sugar bowl, milk jug, slop bowl, tea caddy and tea strainer, all on the original twin-handled tray, each spherical body is beautifully chased with bamboo leaves on a matted surface, each piece rests on a decorative skirted foot and is applied with an intricately modeled bamboo handle, outstanding quality.

This is one of the most complete and exceptional Chinese silver tea services (it is very rare to have a complete set including the tea caddy), by one of the greatest Chinese silversmiths of all time.

Each piece is Hallmarked Chinese Export silver (acid tested shows a 900 standard), only the strainer bearing the mark "MT", all the other pieces (including the tray) bearing the Maker's mark in Chinese for Tu Mao Xing, active in Jiǔjiāng, Jiangxi Province, from 1880 until 1930. This mark has been wrongly identified as Han Mao Hsing by Crosby Forbes and Kernan. The silversmith is considered one of best Chinese Export names (please see A. Von Ferscht, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940, 4th edition 2015). Tu Mao Xing one of the first silversmiths operating in Jiǔjiāng and "one of the best 19th century Chinese Export silver names", "a master of theatricality". Please follow this link and this link for more information. Tu Mao Xing (previously known as Han Mao Hsing) made some of the highest results in Chinese silver objects.

CONDITION

In Great Condition - no damage.

COFFEE POT

Height:   17cm

Width:   20 x 11.5cm

TEAPOT

Height:   11.5cm

Width:   21 x 11cm

SUGAR BOWL

Height:   8.2cm

Width:   14.5 x 9cm

CREAM JUG

Height:   7.7cm

Width:   11.4 x 7.5cm

SLOP BOWL

Height:   4.5cm

Width:   8.3cm

TEA CADDY

Height:   11.3cm

Width:   9cm

TEA STRAINER

Length:   17cm

Width:   6cm

TRAY

Lenght:   50cm

Width:   29cm


TOTAL SILVER WEIGHT:  2960g