This 19th century Chinese export silver gilt and enamelled box sold for £14,000 at Dreweatts.

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The box, depicting the auspicious scene of the Eight Taoist Immortals gathering in a garden against a lapis blue ‘shaolan’ ground, was almost certainly made for the Thai market. It carries a wen yin (cash silver) mark and another for the workshop of the Canton silversmith and retailer Hui Yuan which specialised in silver for the Siam trade.

The box has a layer of copper sheet adding rigidity to the base – a common feature in Siamese silver that was adopted by Chinese silversmiths creating items for export.

It was dated by the Dreweatts cataloguer to c.1840-75.

Estimated at £600-800 at the auction on June 17, it sold via for £14,000.