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Chinese Export Silver Mirror
- This exquisite Chinese export silver mirror represents a stunning blend of Eastern and Western style
- Elegantly shaped and monumental in size, the silver frame is engraved by a floral border
- Two dragons surmount the piece, with the Chinese character "zhang", meaning auspicious, between them
- A masterpiece of Chinese silver, this mirror is a rarity on the market
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Silver is a plentiful raw material in China, so it has been widely used in decorative objects, from boxes to bowls, since the 7th century. Chinese export silver was made in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring designs that include Chinese patterns such as bamboo and dragons rather than Western motifs. Though much of it remained in China, the majority of the exported silver went to Boston or New York and to various ports in the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland. It also went to various European and Scandinavian countries, the Middle East and India. Chinese silver was made by hand, with its elaborate designs hammered out by master Chinese craftsmen. Largely unknown until the mid-1970s, a great deal of Chinese silver has been acquired by museums, making this frame a highly desirable rarity on the market.
18 ½” wide x 25 “ high