This is a magnificent antique Chinese export solid silver mug, with hallmarks for Hung Chong, Canton & Shanghai, circa 1900 in date.
This stunning silver mug has a slender tapering cylindrical body which is masterfully chased with the legendary animal-like creature, the dragon, and set on a polished background. The dragon has been executed to the finest details: his neck and tail of a snake, the antlers of a deer, the head of a crocodile.
The handle is equally extraordinary being cast to simulate the trench of a bamboo tree.
The centre of the mug features a contemporary monogram 'BO' and the interior is gilded to avoid corrosion.
The underside of the mug bears the maker's marks 'HC' for Hung Chong as well as the Chinese correspondent symbol.
This is a remarkable piece in its simplicity and is sure to be appreciated by any discerning collector of Chinese silver.
In excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 10 x Width 10 x Depth 7 & Weight 5.69 troy oz
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 3 inches & Weight 0.18 kg
Our reference: A1014
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