The Peranakan to the Metal

Silver and metalworks in the Peranakan community.

As much as the Peranakan community is distinguished for their jewellery, they are also equally known for their metal works, mainly various household items made from silver or brass. That marks the next stop in our Peranakan adventure in celebration of the upcoming ‘Treasures of the Peranakan World & Straits Chinese’ asset auction – the silver- and metalworks.

These heritage pieces are made from various parts of the world – South China, India and also locally with extensive etch-work. These items include large serving trays (dulang), stand trays (tazza/ dulang berkaki), mosquito net hooks or even Malay-inspired rosewater sprinklers.

Unfortunately, the decline of such exquisite pieces by the Peranakan community began during the colonial period, when the use of cheaper silver plated service items became much more popular. That led to deterioration of the demand and consequently the production of solid metal pieces.

LOT 85

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A LOT OF 11 PAIRS OF MOSQUITO NET HOOKS

Late 19th century to 1920s

Comprising a mix of some brass but mostly silver pieces. 3 pairs of popular Chinese use and 2 pairs of Malay origins, the rest are mostly exclusively Peranakan. Mostly of silver, worked in Repoussé and Appliqué techniques. Some of brass and some of silver gilt.

Dimensions:

Ranging from 13 in (48 cm) long to 6 in (15 cm) long

RM 3,600 – 4,800

 

LOT 86

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RARE PUMPKIN-SHAPED TEAPOT WITH EIGHT IMMORTALS

Mid 19th century – Chinese work

This very fine piece of metal work is certainly used by the Taoist Peranakans during the wedding tea ceremony. It is a fine example of Chinese export silver / metal work.

The teapot takes the form of a lobed pumpkin with 9 lobes. On each lobe is one of the Eight Immortals of the Taoist spiritual pantheon. On the 9th lobe is a sprig of the pumpkin plant, which is represented to continue on the handles in the form of a creeping shoot with tendrils. On the cover is a squirrel nibbling a nut.

Low grade silver or copper and silver plated. This is because there is no Chinese hallmark or Chinese silver content marks. Repoussé and appliqué techniques used. Good condition.

Dimensions:

5 in (12.5 cm) at its widest x 5.5 in (14 cm) high

RM 2,600 – 4,600

 

LOT 88

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STERLING SILVER CUTLERY SERVICE SET

Circa 1960s – 70s

A Chantilly Design flatware service set from Gorham Sterling, USA.

This flatware / cutlery set for 12 comprises a total of 138 remaining pieces of excellently worked sterling silver service set. This set was engraved with the family surname initial ‘B’ on its component pieces.

The identifying content and maker’s marks are of a lion, an anchor and the ‘G’ initial, followed by the word Sterling, indicating it is sterling silver from Gorham, USA. The production technique holds a patent dated 1895 and the Chantilly design was first produced in 1950.

Dimensions:

19 in (48.5cm) length x 12 in (30.5cm) width x 5.5 in (14cm) height

RM 28,000 – 33,000

 

LOT 91

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PEWTER EUROPEAN GAME SET

Circa 1970s

A complete Western chess set of 16 pewter pieces and 16 gold-plated pewter pieces make up this interesting lot, housed in a wooden velvet-lined box, with the chess board. Finely crafted – possibly Italian workmanship.

Dimensions:

  • 16 in (40.5cm) length x 17 in (43cm) width
  • 16 in (40.5cm) length x 8.5 in (21.5cm) width x 7 in (17.5cm) height
  • BIGGEST FIGURE, 4.5 in (11.5cm), SMALLEST FIGURE 3 in (7.5cm)

RM 13,800 – 14,800

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For more information on the upcoming auction, click here.

For the online catalogue to view all of the lots, click here.

 

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