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Title

Tea service set, comprising teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and tongs

circa 1900

Artist

Unknown

China

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    circa 1900
    Media category
    Metalwork
    Materials used
    silver
    Dimensions

    a - teapot, 15.8 x 21 x 11.5 cm

    b - creamer, 8.2 x 11.7 x 8.5 cm

    c - sugar bowl, 8 x 16 x 9.6 cm

    d - tongs, 3.2 x 12.3 x 5.3 cm

    Credit
    Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    153.2003.a-d
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    56

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  • About

    While the tongs have two carved dragons on each arm ending with five-claw scoops, the other three utensils bear five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls in high relief hammered out of flat sheets of silver. The lid of the teapot is decorated with a coiling dragon raising its head as a knob. The handles are in form of bamboo branches.

    Jiujiang is the name of a port in the southern Chinese province of Jiangxi that the Qing court was forced to open after China’s defeat in the Second Opium War (1861). The British officers in charge had silver currency collected as custom tax made into silverware for the western market by local Chinese silversmiths, such as those at the Tu Mao Xin workshop. While the forms were dictated by Western needs and tastes, the craftsmanship, techniques, and vocabulary of design were unmistakably Chinese.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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