Two Beautiful 19th Century Chinese Export Hallmarked Silver Bon Bon Dishes by Wang Hing & Co
Item No: A20147
About this item:
Height: 3cm (1.2 inches)
Width: 13.25cm (5.2 inches)
Total Weight (grams): 200g (together)
Total Weight (troy ounces): 5.95 (together)
Material: Chinese Export Hallmarked Silver
Hallmarks: WH 90, Chinese Characters denoting the workshop
Maker: Wang Hing, Hong Kong & Canton, China, 1875-1920
This is an absolutely, exquisite pair of hallmarked silver bon-bon dishes by Wang Hing & Co, dated circa 1900. The pieces are of intricate pierced design with four panels each depicting a different foliate/ floral theme with scrolling foliate edges. The seemingly whimsical design incorporates elements that were particularly admired by the Victorian market and which have been artfully rendered by this prolific silversmith. The chrysanthemums symbolise blooming through the frost, the prunus (or plum blossom) symbolises new beginnings, the bamboo represents resilience & strength, whilst the lotus blossom denotes fertility.
Wang Hing was an esteemed firm based in Hong Kong (10 Queen’s Rd) and Canton (1 Sai Wan Hing, Guangzhou) and active from 1875-1920. The incredibly high standard of work produced by the company led to distinction in the international market, and they supplied Tiffany & Co among others.
Condition: The pieces are in superb condition with no obvious wear or marring and they have retained a rich, lustrous silver patina. Upon close inspection a small section of the edge on one dish is slightly misshapen and there are some very light, surface scratches to the plain base which are commensurate with the age, and nothing that detracts from the aesthetics or worth.