Esmé Parish Silver has, since 1983, possessed a unique mix of Western, Chinese and Japanese Export silver. Now with the addition of Indian and Burmese silver Esmé Parish has added to its inimitable collection. Even with just a glance, it is little wonder that the magic of art and craft masterfully make their presence felt in every piece.  The range spans an antique collection from the Chinese and Japanese silver of the 19th and early 20th century to Western silver that made their way through Georgian, Victorian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods. Within its extensive range, one is also sure to uncover several modern and contemporary pieces that make wonderful gifts or great personal possessions.  Wedding gifts are a specialty. With operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, Esmé Parish Silver retains its personal touch and enjoys the process of curating, selecting and sharing the stories attached to the silver. Every piece tells a special story.

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An English ex- banker (Chemical Bank and Bankers Trust), Esmé Parish started Esmé Parish Silver in 1983 in Singapore – turning a hobby into a business. The company now operates in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. It works via private sales and exhibitions. The company specialises in all things sterling silver – both antique and new.  Chinese Export silver is of particular interest because of its  unique history and scarcity. Esmé is one of a few specialists in Chinese Export silver. She holds semiannual exhibitions of antiques displaying both Chinese Export and Japanese Export as well as English antique silver. Esmé Parish has given talks to various interest groups in Singapore (China Society, Friends of the Museum and various Clubs), Hong Kong (to the Friends of the Art Museum-Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Ceramic Society, YWCA, LRC, The Corona Society, the Asia Society), Tokyo (The Tokyo American Club and various women’s interest groups), Shanghai (SEA) and in Paris. Esmé Parish Silver sponsored a Chinese Export silver exhibition at the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore having also appraised several pieces in the Museum’s collection. She has published articles in various magazines including for Friends of the Art Museum, the Chinese university of Hong Kong and Culture magazine


ABOUT GRACE – Singapore

Grace has worked with Esmé Parish Silver for more than 20 years and knows the inventory inside out. Over the years she has accumulated an extensive knowledge of all the different types of silver and is happy to answer any enquiry when Esme is not in town.



Jennifer has recently joined Esmé Parish Silver. She has lived in Hong Kong for more than 10 years and is a familiar face around the fairs where she has been selling her own jewellery line. She speaks Italian, French and German. A great addition to the silver team.


Engravings on silver – to rub or not to rub…

Engravings on silver – to rub or not to rub? Nearly forty years ago when I first started collecting and selling silver all the engravings on silver were rubbed – almost automatically – who knows how much history has been lost?  ...

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Chinoiserie Silver

Chinoiserie Silver Chinoiserie is a word borrowed from French and means a style in art reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs. It is the  European interpretation and imitation of Chinese artistic traditions and  focuses on subjects that were thought by colonial era  Europeans ...

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Chinese Export Silver …and then

Chinese Export silver ..and then As trade opened up with China after the Opium Wars so Chinese Export silver changed.. The Chinese Export silver , western style with the pseudo hallmarks – see my blog http://esmeparishsilver.com/the-origins-of-chinese-export-silver/ developed into a whole new art form ...

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Bought a Peranakan cake knife from Esme Parish Silver. The handle is shaped in the form of a god figure; the blade of the knife has a fretwork of a man in a loincloth against a jungle background. This charming piece of Peranakan silver would have been made in either Singapore or Malaysia, and is not considered particularly valuable. Personally, I prefer to buy antiques from people I’ve built up a relationship with over time. Esme and Grace offer a very personal service and make you feel welcome even if you have a small budget, which I really appreciate.” Shona Sanosi, Singapore

I have been buying China Trade silver from Esme Parish Silver for over thirty years and it has always been a satisfying experience. Esme can always be counted to have that one special or unusual piece that you just must have . Philip Gregory, Hong Kong

我认识 Esme 将近十年。不仅从她哪里买到很多精美的古董银器,而且学到了很多关于银器的知识。她对世界各地的古董银器的知识渊博,对古董市场了如指掌,价格公道,为人热情,友善,诚恳。 能认识她,我很幸运。