BURMESE SILVER
EXAMPLES PREVIOUSLY SOLD
THROUGH THE GALLERY
Burmaî?¸ history of crafting silver dates back to at least the 9th century, and during precolonial times the art of making silverware was widely practiced throughout Burma.

Every large town had artisans who produced slightly different styles of silverwork. We send agents regularly to visit different areas in Burma where silversmiths produced the best wares and we are able to offer pieces drawn from different parts of the country. Pieces for sale in the gallery include those from the Shan States, Arakan and Mandalay ?some are signed by the maker and others are dated.

Most of the pieces available in the gallery were made during the period 1875-1945, and we have an excellent selection of cups, bowls (often in the shape of a monkî?¸ begging bowl), manuscript cases and betel nut boxes.

Burmese silversmiths have traditionally excelled in repousse and chasing. To give even greater depth to a design, punched open-work is sometimes used in the background of repousse pieces.

Much 19th century silver was made from old Indian coins, or from silver mined at the Baldwin mines in northern Burma. By the beginning of the 20th century, much sterling standard silver that has been refined in England was imported for use in the larger towns. Most Burmese silver made in the late 19th and early 20th Century was made of silver which is approximately 90% pure.

As yet, there is very little literature on early Burmese silver, and this may explain why even the most elegant and refine 19th century pieces of Burmese silver are still quite undervalued ?presenting, in our view, an exciting collecting opportunity.