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  • Place of origin:

    Shanghai (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast silver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Shanghai hosted one of the largest western communities at the beginning of the 20th century. Silver objects were produced for domestic consumption or for export by local silversmiths, who used to mark their pieces either with Chinese characters or in imitation of European hallmarks.

This goblet was produced at the silversmith workshop known as Luen Wo, or Liang ru, active in Shanghai between the late 19th century and early 20th century; their shop was on Nanking Road, one of the main shopping street for foreign customers. The overall appearance of the goblet, while retaining traditional designs like the dragon, is reminiscent of the international art nouveau style, which at the time was particularly popular on the world market.

Physical description

Silver goblet, with bowl cast in one piece decorated with a single four clawed dragon in low relief and soldered to the plain stem, the junction being formed from a division of the stem into three.

Place of Origin

Shanghai (made)


ca. 1900-1910 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast silver

Marks and inscriptions

Digit '10' behind the claw of the dragon

'Luenwo' in a rectangular cartouche on the base

Two Chinese characters, possibly 'liang ru' in a rectangular cartouche on the base


Height: 17 cm, Diameter: 5.6 cm mouth, Diameter: 6.8 cm base

Descriptive line

Silver goblet with dragon decoration, marked liangru, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1900-1910

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clunas, Craig (ed.). Chinese Export Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 108, fig. 87.

Labels and date

Marked Liangru
About 1900-1910
The mark is that of the workshop known as Luenwo, active in Shanghai about 1880-1920. [1897]




Casting; Soldering

Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Drinking


East Asia Collection

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