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Chinese Export Silver Tea Set with Original Box Zee Wo

$8,500per set

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A four piece Chinese export silver tea service set consists of a lidded teapot, a creamer with lid, an open sugar and a tongs. The set was retailed by Zee Wo, a silver retailer located in Shanghai at 121 and 370 Henan Road and operated circa 1870-1940s. The set was beautifully decorated with high-relief dragons with tightly chased scales, slithering with open claws, one of the most auspicious motifs in Chinese traditional art. The knobs and handles were made in stylized bamboo shape, which is found on the tongs. The creamer and sugar were gilt inside. All pieces except the tongs were marked the same way underneath with "ZEEWO" and a square stamp (which appears to be for the export market). The set retains its original handled storage wood box with molded interior compartments covered in brocade. The box retains partially legible ink writings on the bottom identifying the content. Size: Teapot: 6" H x 9.75" W x 6.25" D; Creamer: 3"H x 5.25"W x 4"D; Sugar: 4"H x 6.25"W x 4.25D"; Tongs: 4.9"L x 1.5"W x 1.2"H. Zee Wo was a well known silver retailed in Shanghai that might be identified as Cantonese style based on some old advertisement. It seems that it operated until 1940s. Several old newspaper advertisements were shown here. This tea set is dated to circa early 20th century.

Details

  • Creator
    Zee Wo (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Width: 13 in. (33.02 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Chinese Export (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Silverware are in fine condition with minor surface wear such as fine scratches expected from the age. Wood storage box is in fair condition with wear and slight bending of the interior shelf as shown.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945023802542

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