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Chinese Export Silver

Unlike Western silver products which were often decorated with motifs of grapes, goats, or other agricultural images, Chinese silver products were created in order to export to Western civilizations and were decorated with traditional Chinese motifs like dragons, landscapes, birds, plants, etc.

Early on, each of these silver objects were masterfully crafted by hand and formed with unique imagery. However, as Chinese export silver became more popular over time, craftsmen responded by mass-producing and replicating items.

Chinese export silver can be traced back to the 17th century, originating in Canton, Jiujang, Beijing, and several other regions. During this time, China was exporting replicas of European silver. It wasn’t until 1850 that Chinese export silver really took on its own imagery and identity in the marketplace.


Quick Facts

  • Because China did not have the same standards of silver production as the British, the purity of Chinese export silver works are inconsistent. However, this inconsistency does not affect the value of such works
  • Catherine the Great, as well as many other European royals, often collected Chinese export silvers for the lower price and the exoticism
  • Many early 18th century Chinese export silvers were destroyed as fakes in the United Kingdom as they were copies of hallmark U.K. silver works

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A Chinese silver cigarette box
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A Chinese silver cigarette box
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A CHINESE SILVER INGOT
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A CHINESE SILVER INGOT
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(2pc) NEW ORLEANS & CHINESE STERLING SILVER
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(2pc) NEW ORLEANS & CHINESE STERLING SILVER
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An assembled group of Chinese silver and enameled items, late 19th/early 20th century
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An assembled group of Chinese silver and enameled items, late 19th/early 20th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
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GUANGXU MARK SILVER INGOT
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
GUANGXU MARK SILVER INGOT
by Empire Auction House
Est: $600- $800
$4001 Bid
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GUANGXU MARK FIFTY TAELS SILVER INGOT
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
GUANGXU MARK FIFTY TAELS SILVER INGOT
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Chinese Export silver cocktail shaker. Stipple ground decoration. 10in high. 17.1 ozt.
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Export silver cocktail shaker. Stipple ground decoration. 10in high. 17.1 ozt.
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Two Chinese export silver circular boxes
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
Two Chinese export silver circular boxes
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $700
$3001 Bid
A Chinese export silver cocktail shaker
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A Chinese export silver cocktail shaker
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $600- $800
$4201 Bid
A set of six Chinese export silver champagnes
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A set of six Chinese export silver champagnes
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $600- $800
$4201 Bid
Pair of Chinese Export Silver Wang Hing Pedestal
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Pair of Chinese Export Silver Wang Hing Pedestal
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1201 Bid
A GROUP OF THREE SILVER BARS
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A GROUP OF THREE SILVER BARS
by Nagel Auction
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
2 Sycee China
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2 Sycee China
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Est: €0- €0
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Chinese Qing Dynasty Silver Ornaments (6pc)
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Qing Dynasty Silver Ornaments (6pc)
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Est: $400- $800
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Vintage Chinese Sterling Silver Flask
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Chinese Sterling Silver Flask
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Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Chinese Export Silver Tazza, c1900, carp stem
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Chinese Export Silver Tazza, c1900, carp stem
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,8000 Bids
Chinese Gilt Silver Serving Tray and six goblets filigree Enamel Republic Period
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Chinese Gilt Silver Serving Tray and six goblets filigree Enamel Republic Period
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$2,5000 Bids
Old Large Pair Chinese Silvered Napkin Rings
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Old Large Pair Chinese Silvered Napkin Rings
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Est: $100- $200
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Dec 07, 10:00 PM EST
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE
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Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT
Dec 15, 10:00 PM EST
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT
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Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY
Dec 15, 10:00 PM EST
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER PERSON, FOO DOG AMULET BAR
Dec 06, 10:00 PM EST
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER PERSON, FOO DOG AMULET BAR
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE
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TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE
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TIBETAN SILVER AMULET BAR DEPICTING THE YEAR OF THE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Export Silver


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Weatherham Estate Treasures

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Oakridge Auction Gallery

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