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

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

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

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

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

63,000

USD

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


hexagonal case decorated with panels of chased bamboo alternating with prunus, enameled in turquoise and dark red, the domed top enameled to match, hardstone bead finial, "bamboo" form handle, the pull secured by two latches, fitted with a scroll of Esther, ink on parchment, with a silk lead panel

marked on base Gothic K and Chinese character

length 7 7/8 in.; 20 cm

height of scroll 2 3/4 in.; 7 cm

wear to gilding, minor enamel losses throughout, more so on dome, otherwise good


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

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 1893 (lot 38) suggests the firm continued later in the century.  Mr. von Ferscht also 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.