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9781851493241

Paktong : The Chinese Alloy in Europe, 1680-1820

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  • ISBN13:

    9781851493241

  • ISBN10:

    1851493247

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Ltd
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Summary

Paktong, a rare Chinese alloy imported in small quantities during the eighteenth century, was used by European craftsmen to make domestic objects in imitation of silverware. This metal has been shrouded in mystery since it was first recorded by Western travellers in the seventeenth century. The vital silver-coloured ingredient, nickel, was not identified in the West until the second half of the eighteenth century, and it was to be a further fifty years before scientists were able to perfect a viable imitation of paktong. In more recent times the mystery of paktong has lain in the lack of documentary evidence concerning its use in the Georgian period. This has given rise to many myths and speculative theories about the metal. Now, at last, the author's research among contemporary records hasenabled the history of paktong in eighteenth century England to be piecedtogether. A well-illustrated study and discussion of more than 100 paktong pieces will help readers identify and understand objects made from this scarce and highly-prized Chinese metal.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13(4)
Colour Plates 17(16)
The Alloy
33(3)
Alfred Bonnin
36(5)
Paktong in China
41(7)
Matthew Boulton
48(11)
Paktong and German Silver
59(14)
British Plate
73(4)
Eighteenth Century Paktong Wares
77(2)
Eighteenth Century Paktong Candlesticks
79(29)
Nineteenth Century Paktong Candlesticks
108(4)
Domestic and Other Wares
112(12)
Firegrates and Firearms
124(6)
Nineteenth Century Nickel Alloy Wares
130(9)
Appendix I Matthew Boulton References 139(8)
Appendix II Christie's Records 147(8)
Appendix III Miscellaneous References to Paktong 155(2)
Appendix IV A Pair of Huguenot Paktong Candlesticks 157(3)
Appendix V Catalogue of W.A. Pinn Collection 160(25)
Complete Analysis Results
182(3)
Bibliography 185(2)
Index 187

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