FINE ART ASIA 2018 Lecture Programme


Chinese Export Silver – A Legacy of Luxury

Speaker: Mr Esmé Parish, Founder and Director of Esmé Parish Silver
Date: 1 October 2018 (Monday)
Time : 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Language: English, with simultaneous translation into Mandarin


Chinese Export or China Trade silver reflects the history of the foreigners’ life in China from the late 18th century through to modern times. It has become highly collectible and quality pieces are being auctioned all over the world. Come and discover what to look for in a good piece of Chinese Export silver, what makes a good investment.

The talk will trace the way that the silver pieces were crafted over two centuries – the forms that the Export silver took, the methods used to craft the silver and the marks on the silver which help us recognise and date the Export pieces. The motifs used in the later pieces are an important part of their charm and that symbolism and the ways that these motifs were used will be shown.

The final part covers well-known, collectible silversmiths and their work, showing how to recognise their marks and styles.


Esmé Parish is a specialist in Chinese Export silver, with more than thirty-five years of experience. Her company, Esmé Parish Silver, has sponsored a Chinese Export silver exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, having also appraised several pieces in the museum’s collection. She has given talks on Export silver in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris, and has published articles in various magazines, including Friends of the Hong Kong Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Culture magazine.