Adrien von Ferscht

Adrien von Ferscht is regarded as the  foremost expert in Chinese Export Silver for this unique silver category.

He acts as an independent consultant and expert to museums, important private collections and private collectors, academics and enthusiasts around the world. He is Consultant at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions in the UK, is a weekly contributing editor to WorthPoint, the largest online information resource for antiques and fine art and is a Fellow of the Asia Scotland Institute.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Glasgow [Scottish Centre for China Research & School of Culture and Creative Arts], currently carrying out in-depth academic research: “History of Chinese Export Silver [1785-1940] Within the Context of 1200 years of Silvermaking in China” & 3 parallel research areas:

“The History of Jews in China” – With particular focus on the 1200 year Jewish connection with Chinese silver making, their influence on creating an eventual definitive Chinese style, their migration from Sassania to Kaifeng during the Sung Dynasty, their continued association with Chinese silver making up to and including the Chinese Export Silver period and their involvement in the China Trade period in the 18th and 19th centuries 

The Substantial Involvement of Scottish Merchants and Gentry in the Creation of the China Trade in the 18th & 19th Centuries and its Subsequent Expansion & Development

The China Trade [1757-1842] in the Context of the Chinese Export Silver Period 

He has compiled a detailed catalogue of Chinese Export Silver Makers’ Marks that is now published in digital format – the most detailed reference guide for the silver category with information on over 200 makers plus an insight into the bygone age of “The Lost World of the Silversmiths and Silver Emporia in China“. Research into the makers and their marks continues.

He undertakes public lectures on the subject of Chinese Export Silver within the context of 1200 years of Chinese history, most recently at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, the Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow, The Scotland-China Association, Edinburgh and Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh. He is actively involved with several universities, museums and academics around the world and writes regularly for publications around the world.

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