A late 19th century Chinese export silver comport by Wang Hing, also stamped '90' with character mark, circa 1880
Lot 111
A late 19th century Chinese export silver comport by Wang Hing, also stamped '90' with character mark, circa 1880
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 4,085) inc. premium

Lot Details
A late 19th century Chinese export silver comport by Wang Hing, also stamped '90' with character mark, circa 1880
A late 19th century Chinese export silver comport
by Wang Hing, also stamped '90' with character mark, circa 1880
The circular fluted dish embossed in relief with a figurural border depicting scenes from Oriental life, with central shield reserve, the dish supported by three stylised bamboo stems, with three further leafing simulated bamboo plants spreading between three standing models of cranes, the stepped circular base embossed in relief with a band depicting rampant dragons among clouds, with presentation inscription: "Foley C.P. Vereker R N from his Shipmates, H.M.S. Rambler 1885", height 27cm, weight 28oz.

Footnotes

  • The Hon. Foley Charles Predergast Vereker (1850-1900), the second son of Viscount Gort, entered the Royal Navy in 1863. By 1873, he was Lieutenant to H.M.S "Nassau", engaged in surveying the east coast of Africa and later to H.M.S "Alert" before joining the royal yacht "Victoria and Albert" in 1879.

    After achieving Commander's rank in 1881, Vereker's first command was H.M.S. "Magpie" proceeding to China and H.M.S. "Rambler" in 1884. The "Rambler" was an Algerine-class gun vessel, built by John Elder & Co in Glasgow and launched in 1880. Vereker's operations with the "Rambler" earnt him the Egytian medal and the Khedive's bronze star before he returned home to England in 1886 due to family affairs.

    After his return Vereker's duties were prediminantly restricted to British shores where his aquirements as a water-colourist were utilised in producing sketches of the principle and leading and clearing marks on the English coast. Early in 1897 he was nominated to succeed Admiral Sir George Nares as professional adviser to the Harbour Department of the Board of Trade, a position he held until his death.
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