Chinese Tea Caddy

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Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby byronbay55 » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:28 pm

Hi!

Anyone who can interpret the hallmarks on a Chinese Tea Caddy?

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Thomas

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby FTJJ » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:01 pm

The Chinese characters are "聲元 Sheng Yuan" "足紋 pure silver". Sheng Yuan is name of a silver workshop who operated in Beijing during early to mid 20th century.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby FTJJ » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:28 pm

It is worth mentioning that "Sheng Yuan" is a phonetic translation of "聲元" but not really its name.

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby dognose » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:40 pm

Sheng Yuan was recorded at 4, Silver Street, Peking and 349, Yates Road, Shanghai. His business was also known as the 'Peking Silver Temple'.

Thomas, can we see an image of the whole item?

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby dognose » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:46 am

Confusingly, there were two silversmiths named Sheng Yuan operating in Peking at this time, with apparently no connection with one another. The addresses given above relate to the other Sheng Yuan and, in this instance, should be ignored.

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby dognose » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:18 am

Some small details regarding both Sheng Yuan's have now been added to:

Chinese Export Silver & Far East Trade Information

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby byronbay55 » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:32 am

Hi!

Thank you all!

Here is a photo of the item:

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It was found in my fathers collection af Brittish 18th c silver collection, I was a bit surprised to find it there. I've bought CHINESE EXPORT SILVER 1785-1940 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTORS’ GUIDE RESEARCHED AND WRITTEN BY ADRIEN VON FERSCHT. Is this the reference guide you guys are using as well or is it more out there?

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Thomas

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby dognose » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:25 am

Hi Thomas,

That is indeed the reference (4th Edition) that I use. Forum member Adrien von Ferscht updates his excellent well-researched work about once a year.

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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby byronbay55 » Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:18 pm

Hi!

Thank you. Yes it's an excellent reference. Just sold the caddy at an auction here in Sweden, kind of regret it ;)
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Re: Chinese Tea Caddy

Postby zheng_jeffrey » Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:24 am

Sheng Yuan (Canton & Shanghai) Circa 1890 - 1940


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