A CHINESE EXPORT PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL ESTHER SCROLL CASE, MARKED GOTHIC K, MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY

Auction Closed

December 17, 05:06 PM GMT

Estimate

5,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Details

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A CHINESE EXPORT PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL ESTHER SCROLL CASE, MARKED GOTHIC K, MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY


hexagonal, chased with panels of bamboo and prunus highlighted with blue and green enamel, "bamboo" form handle, gilt fruit-form finial, pull bar and scroll lacking

marked on base with Gothic K and Chinese character

length 6 3/4 in.

17 cm

Adrien von Ferscht has linked the Gothic K mark with a retail silversmith active in Canton between 1840 and 1875.  The presence of the mark on the Sassoon Torah tiks of 1883 or 1893 (lot 38) suggests the firm continued later in the century.  Mr. von Ferscht alos suggests that the usual accompanying Chinese character may be the "chopmark" of the artisan (see Chinese-Export-silver.com, post of December 5, 2012).  The Gothic K mark appeared on a very similar Chinese Esther scroll case sold Sotheby's, New York, December 19, 2012, lot 21.