THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTORS’ GUIDE
THE NEW 4TH EDITION IS THE LARGEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CHINESE EXPORT SILVER EVER UNDERTAKEN
It not only gives an in depth guide to retail and manufacturing silversmiths’ silver marks but also the highly definitive styles many of them evolved.
As a body of work, it clarifies many of the long-standing misconceptions that have arisen over the years and presents the historical evidence of how the phenomenon came into being and how it existed and interacted alongside silver that was made for the China market.
The mistaken belief that all Chinese silver marks are “maker’s marks” is explained – almost all Chinese silver marks that appear in English are retail silversmith’s marks with the majority of Chinese character marks being the mark of the artisan silversmith
Over 1000 pages, the book represents 5 years of research by Adrien von Ferscht who is recognised around the world as the expert for this unique and highly complex silver category.
The research and the book is created in conjunction with 3 universities and is now recognised as the definitive reference guide, in particular in China itself where the awareness and understanding of this silver is growing fast.
The book is only available in digital download format as this facilitates regular updating
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