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Chinese Export Silver Flower-holder Centerpiece

Ca: late 19th/ early 20th century

Description

Consisting of a tall central trumpet-form recepticle, surrounded by three additional one of slightly smaller size. Each decorated with four-clawed Dragons in deep repousse and wonderful chasing.
The central dragon on the large central holder is posed upright and clasping the effulgient pearl in one of his clawed legs.  This is very unusual, as the pearl is often otherwise shown slightly out of reach.
The decoration is particularly well done.
Marked to then edge of the foot: KMS and ideogram
Height: 13 inches (33 cms.)
NOTE: KMS is a rare maker in our experience.  While noted in the index of makers in The Chait Collection of Chinese Export Silver, this is the first example by this maker we have owned.

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