A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton
Lot 19
A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover
Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton
HK$ 240,000 - 260,000
US$ 31,000 - 33,000

Lot Details
A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton
A very fine and rare gold rectangular snuff box and cover
Daoguang, circa 1830-40, Chinese and English maker's marks KHC for Khecheong, Canton
Delicately chased with diagonal and wavy-patterned grounds, the edges fashioned in the form of curling vines and ruyi-heads, the top reserved with a plain panel bordered by four leaves at the corners, the ornate thumbpiece resembling fruits issuing from dense leaves, the inside with impressed 'KHC' mark with another character.
6.3cm wide; 4.2cm deep; 1.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清道光 約1830-1840年 金如意雲頭形扁鼻煙盒

    「KHC」字母印款
    「葲」篆文方印

    This rectangular snuff box represents a new shape in the English silversmith's design catalogue. Shallow rectangular boxes of this proportion began to be made in England in about 1820, and are often associated with Birmingham and London goldsmiths. They were clearly expensive commissions originally, being made in solid gold or silver, and elaborately decorated either with formal patterns like the present lot, or with landscapes and views of famous buildings (like Windsor Castle).

    The present lot is exceptionally interesting because it is extremely close in design and form to a well-known box published in the US in 1985, made by the same Canton goldsmith. The US example is in the Chait Collection, New York, and was exhibited on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Ralph M.Chait Galleries Inc. in a major show of Chinese Export silver. See John Devereux Kernan, Catalogue, no.88 for a very similar box by KHC (Khe Chong), which has a fascinating provenance. It is engraved T.Hunt on the top and is known to have belonged to Thomas Hunt of Salem, Massachusetts, who ran a ship chandlery business in about 1850 from a boat moored in Whampoa Reach, on the Pearl River. He and his wife Elizabeth are known to have had a considerable amount of silver. At the time of the Chait Exhibition, the author noted that the Chait box was 'the only observed example of a [Chinese Export] piece made entirely of gold.

    The goldsmith Khe Chong was the most prolific manufacturer in Canton. He was located in 'Club Street', the name given by Westerners to a prominent thoroughfare in the European section of Honan Island directly across from the Old Factory site in Canton; the firm was situated near the silver shops of Leeching (best known as a jeweller) and Hoaching, who also handled ivory carvings. See H.A. Crosby Forbes, John Devereux Kernan and Ruth S.Wilkins, Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885, Milton, 1975, pp.77-8, for a full discussion about Khe Chong and the range of his products; and p.234, pl.196, for a comparable silver tinder box by him in the collection of what was then The Museum of the American China Trade (now the Peabody Essex Museum).

    盒呈長方形,扁身,通身鍍金,卷草式邊沿,並以如意雲頭飾盒蓋及盒底四角。上下掀蓋式,蓋正面中央素面開光,四角飾卷葉紋,外周飾幾何紋,盒身四壁及盒底分別飾波形及菱形幾何紋飾,盒蓋反面鈐有一「葲」篆文小印,旁邊跟有一「KHC」字母印款。

    在1985年Ralph M.Chait畫廊75週年紀念中國出口銀器展覽中,一件印有「KHC」款的展品與本拍品十分相似,見John Devereux Kernan著,《Catalogue》,編號88。該盒為紐約Chait珍藏,盒上印有「T.Hunt」字款,表示出原屬美國麻薩諸塞州Thomas Hunt擁有。他是一位船運企業家,於1850年左右從事來往珠江黃埔軍校之船運,其妻子則以收銀器為著名。在此展覽中,作者稱此Chait蓋盒為「唯一以純金製成的中國出口品」。

    「葲」及「KHC」為清道光時期廣東廣州湖南島銀器坊Khe Cheong之印款。有關Khe Cheong及其製品之討論,可參見H.A. Crosby Forbes,John Devereux Kernan及Ruth S.Wilkins著,《Chinese Export Silver 1785-1885》,密爾頓,1975年,頁77-8,現藏於美國艾塞克斯博物館之Khe Cheong款銀製例子載於同書,頁234,圖版196。
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