Chinese silver teaset, Dragons, by Tuck Chang, Shanghai, c. 1890
Fine quality Chinese Export Silver teaset, comprising teapot, milk jug & covered sugar bowl, each piece with finely detailed repousse dragon encircling the body, the ground with very finely hammered texture, the feet, handles & knops modelled as bamboo stems.
Hallmarked ‘TUCK CHANG’ & character for silver,
teapot 27cm spout-to-handle; sugar 16cm; jug 15cm.
Total weight: 870g (aprox. 28 oz Troy)
Good condition with minor signs of age, slight movement at joint of handle, could be used.
Tuck Chang is regarded as the best of the Chinese Mainland workshops of his period, circa 1870-1920. The company in Shanghai was a large concern, incorporating several workshops, with a high volume of output – and yet the quality was always a feature. It became the place to go for luxury gifts & presentatuion pieces. The designs are always up-to-date with the Western taste, which was the market for the luxury goods produced. This teaset is a fine example, fusing a typical Victorian teaset with traditional Chinese details, ie superb dragons & bamboo.