Adrien von Ferscht 皇甫安

Adrien von Ferscht [皇甫安] is considered the leading expert for Chinese Export Silver and continues to research this unique silver category within the context of 1400 years of silver-making in China

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He acts as an independent consultant and expert to museums, important private collections and private collectors, academics and enthusiasts around the world

Chinese Silver Research InstituteHe is Strategic Researcher at The Chinese Silver Research Institute a semi-autonomous research facility within the Institute of China-Russia Strategic Cooperation [ICRSC] at Tsinghua University, Beijing

He is a Member of the Academic Committee of the Academy for the International Communication of Chinese Culture at Beijing Normal University

He is Senior Vice President of Ever-art International, Beijing

He is a regular Contributing Editor to WorthPoint, the largest online information resource for antiques and fine art

He is a Fellow of the Asia Scotland Institute, based at Edinburgh University and 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 into six main focus areas in conjunction with Tsinghua University, Beijing

He has compiled a detailed body of work [940 pages] CHINESE EXPORT SILVER – The Definitive Collectors’ Guide” published in digital format – the most detailed reference guide for this unique silver category with information on over 325 individual retail and manufacturing silversmiths 

He undertakes public lectures on the subject of Chinese Export Silver; the 1400-year history of Chinese silver making; the history of Jews in China, their influence on Chinese silver making and their centuries old network on the Silk Road between Venice and Chang’an. He also lectures on Chinese Culture.

Adrien is actively collaborates with several universities, museums and academics on an international level and writes regularly for publications around the world.

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2 comments on “Adrien von Ferscht 皇甫安

  1. Alan Gaines on said:

    Please excuse prior difficulties in sending a link with pictures of my Chinese Tang style silver bowl. I believe the problem solved and the link is;
    http://www.aagaines.com/inventory/chinesesilverbowla.html

  2. Alan
    Thanks for the images and my apologies for the delay in replying
    The bowl is exquisite, however, I don’t think it is Chinese. I think this is probably Straits Chinese and by a Chinese silversmith operating there. I would say it is definitely 19th century – the workmanship is particularly fine. The marks are not marks I’ve ever seen before.
    The inclusion of the buddhist svasktika, conveying “well-being” is significant
    I will try to get to the bottom of the mystery – can’t promise though
    I do think it is a fine piece of silverwork though
    Can you give me your email address? Mine is: avf@chinese-export-silver.com
    I don’t always see my website messages flagged up
    Best regards
    Adrien

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