Chinese Gilt Silver

Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900


Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900

Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900   Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900
PR SILVER GILT PILLOW ENDS KEPALA BANTAL CHINESE STRAITS/PERANAKAN/NYONYA C. This lovely and charming pair of silver gilt antique Chinese Straits silver pillow ends, or Kepala. They have been hand-made and were cut from a sheet of solid silver which has then been ornamented with repousse and chased techniques. The holes around the edges were pierced by hand to allow the silver to be sewn onto the ends of the pillows, or bolsters, used to dress the wedding or bridal bed. These lovely pillow ends are a pair but are not identical.

They would have been made by the same maker at the same time. At the centre of each pillow end contains a roundel with a zoomorphic creature inside. The creature sits on a bed of swirling decoration. The pillow end is adorned with a floral motif.

The flowers are vivid with the fine repousse ornamentation. A row of small holes has been punched near the edges allowing these silver plates to be sewn to the ends of a large cylindrical pillow. Traditionally, the pillows would be used to decorate the bridal bed, a custom probably adopted from the Malays. Peranakans were unique amongst the many Chinese who emigrated to Malaysia.

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The item "PR SILVER GILT PILLOW ENDS KEPALA BANTAL CHINESE STRAITS/PERANAKAN/NYONYA C. 1900" is in sale since Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "jcohenantiques" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  1. Product: Pillow ends
  2. Style: Chinese Straits
  3. Age: 1900-1940
  4. Pattern: Flora
  5. Composition: Silver

Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900   Pr Silver Gilt Pillow Ends Kepala Bantal Chinese Straits/peranakan/nyonya C. 1900