Fine Chinese Export Silver Gravy Ladle, Fiddlethread and Shell Pattern
Offered is a fine and scarce early 19th Century Chinese export silver gravy or sauce ladle in the fiddlethread and shell pattern, made for the American market circa 1810-45. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and is heavy at 68 grams, typical for Chinese export silver. There is no monogram or obvious sign of erasure. Condition is very good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs. The marks on this piece consist of pseudo-hallmarks imitative of English Georgian hallmarks. These marks appear on numerous pieces in the Chait Collection of Chinese Export silver, at first in conjunction with a WE/WF/WC mark imitating the London maker's mark of Messrs. Eley, Fearn & Chawner, and then afterward (probably when Eley, Fearn and Chawner was no longer producing silver, the faux maker's mark was dropped. The pieces in the Chait collection bearing only the "P" mark and other pseudo-hallmarks range from neoclassical to early Victorian in style, and these pieces were made during the height of the export period, before 1845. The Chinese maker of these pieces was centered in Canton, where most of the American trade vessels made their port of call. All in all a fine and scarce, desirable piece of Chinese export silver!