ATLANTA, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an effort to increase the breadth and depth of its expertise on antiques and collectibles, WorthPoint recently announced its collaboration with Adrien von Ferscht, a renowned expert in Chinese export silver. WorthPoint, is the first global antique database resource that has recognized the significance and importance of Chinese export silver as a major silver category.
Von Ferscht has agreed to write a series of articles exclusively for WorthPoint users, giving insight on one of the least-known silver categories in the antique world. This category, Chinese export silver, may be the most buoyant of all antique silver categories, and is likely to remain this way for some time.
"We know that in addition to searching for the values of their art, antiques and collectibles, our visitors appreciate the variety of articles posted on WorthPoint that allow them to learn more about their favorite category of collectible, but also learning about new categories as well," said Gregory Watkins, WorthPoint's executive editor. "By adding Adrien's articles about Chinese export silver, it helps us in our efforts to expand our content to a category that, until now, has been under-represented."
An Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow's Scottish Centre for China Research, von Ferscht works with museums and universities around the globe. His website (www.chinese-export-silver.com) is the largest online information resource on the subject. He recently released the 2nd edition of his "Catalogue of Chinese Export Makers' Marks," the most extensive published reference to makers' marks of Chinese Export Silver as well as 153 pages of background history and provenance. The catalogue is a digital download – once bought, all purchasers will receive all subsequent new edition free of charge.
"It's incredibly refreshing that WorthPoint is the first and only major online antique information database to recognize the importance of Chinese Export Silver as a significant antique silver category," said von Ferscht. "This makes my collaboration with them very gratifying."
Von Ferscht's series of articles will appear regularly on WorthPoint's News & Multimedia section. His first article, "Chinese Export Silver, an Oft-Forgotten yet Significant Antique Silver Category", features an example of beautiful Chinese export silver, as well as discusses its origin, the rich culture and history attached to it and how makers' marks were developed and used. He insists on doing all this in the context of 1200 year history of Chinese silver making because, as he says "Chinese Export Silver didn't happen overnight – it is the jewel in the crown of 1200 years of superb silver making."
Founded in 2007, WorthPoint Corporation is an online information company that has become one of the world's leading resources for researching and valuing art, antiques and collectibles. The WorthPoint Marketplace consists of WorthPoint.com, a vast database of sales records for 150-plus million items that have been aggregated from virtual marketplaces and leading auction houses; MarksandLibrary.com, an online resource for investigating makers' marks; and GoAntiques.com, the leading online marketplace for buying/selling antiques and collectibles. WorthPoint also offers an iOS application available on an iPhone/iPad, allowing users to access WorthPoint's Worthopedia "on the go." The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.
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