Full title: A Chinese silver 4-piece tea service on tray, Tu Mao Xing mark, 19th C.
Dim.: 67 x 38,5 x 4 cm (the tray)
L.: 23 cm - H.: 21 cm (the teapot incl. the handle)
H.: 13,5 cm (the caddy)
H.: 9,5 cm (the milk jug)
H.: 9,5 cm (the sugar bowl)
Provenance: A Belgian private collection.
Above the Tu Mao Xing mark, we encounter the Jiujiang city mark.. Jiujang, or Gaogong as it was known in the Cantonese dialect means 'Nine Rivers'.
Foshan is the area where the vast majority of Chinese silversmiths who were working in Canton originated from, making Foshan one of the most significant silver-making areas of China. A good number of the merchant families who became retailers of Chinese silver wares in the 19th century also hailed from the same area; the Lo family, who owned Wang Hing & Company originated from this area.
We would like to thank Prof. Adrien von Ferscht for his assistance in describing this lot.
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