The Tretiak Collection

China Baitong Teapot Tea Catty Set Republican Paktong


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1930: Item # 1025112
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According to B&C antiques "The alloy paktong has a fascinating history. Centuries before nickel was isolated in the west, the Chinese had produced an alloy of zinc, copper and nickel which had the lustrous sheen and color tone of silver, was appreciably harder than silver, and did not tarnish in use. Many examples of this alloy have a particularly pleasing color which is silver-bright but possesses what has been termed a “soul of gold.” For additional information about paktong, see our article on the subject in ARTS OF ASIA, Nov/Dec. 1992."