Adrien von Ferscht is an expert in Chinese export silver in the UK, and a specialist consultant to both museums and private collections. Very recently (20 August 2012), he launched his Chinese Export Silver Meta-Museum project: Every day images and a full detailed description of an artefact are posted, ranging from items in museum collections, private collections, or auctions of particular importance.
“As new items are added”, he wrote in the presentation of the initiative, “previous articles will join an archive that will house this ever-expanding museum for all to see and to use as a reference base.”
In the picture above, “a rare late 19th century Chinese Export Silver gilt megillah made by Wang Hing and bearing the Wang Hing mark with a secondary ideogram mark that reads “Rao J”. Rao was actually a Singapore-based silversmith, making this collaboration with Wang Hing all the more unusual.
Examples of Chinese silver Judaica are extraordinarily rare and this may well be unique and must surely have been produced at the direct request of the present owner’s grandfather, Ezra Ezekiel Ezra [d. circa 1920].
Ezra Ezekiel Ezra was an Iraqi Sephardic Jew from Baghdad who worked in China in the second half of the nineteenth century as a spice and silk merchant…”
Click on the picture to read the full story on the Meta-Museum’s web site.