Shanghai silverware and European ceramics exhibited at history museum

Over 100 silverware items from multiple historical periods of Shanghai, as well as over 100 European ceramics, are the attractions at Shanghai History Museum.

Shanghai History Museum introduced temporary exhibitions of Shanghai silverware and European ceramics on Friday to mark International Museum Day.

The museum is exhibiting more than 100 silverware items from multiple historical periods of Shanghai, the oldest of which date back to a century ago.

Two sets of coronets and pendants as cape ornaments of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), which were unearthed in Shanghai, are exhibited for the first time.

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A gilded silver coronet and cape ornaments of the Ming Dynasty which was unearthed in today's Pudong, Shanghai.

Exhibits from the modern period indicate a lively silverware trade in Shanghai. One of them is a silver plate from 1900 as a silver wedding anniversary gift given to a foreign couple living in Shanghai. 

The plate was produced by Luen Wo & Co which was established by a businessman from Guangdong who in Shanghai at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912).

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A square silver plate which was gifted to a foreign couple in Shanghai who were celebrating their silver wedding anniversary in 1900.

Silver trophies from sports competitions of the period might also interest visitors to the exhibition which will last till August 19.

In case you missed the popular exhibition of the European porcelain collection of Shanghai History Museum over the past 10 years — during which time it travelled to 45 cities in China — you will be able to check it out in the museum’s new home.

The collections, mostly donated by Canadian collectors Laszlo Parakovits and Sunny Sun, showcase the profound influence of Chinese porcelain on the early Western ceramics industry.

This exhibition includes over 100 European ceramics from the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy, spanning three centuries.

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An English Delftware plate from the 18th century.

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An English hand-painted ceramic plate with a Chinese figure, from the 19th century.

Visitors can find the exhibition at the museum till June 24.

Entrance is free of charge.

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