This ornate pewter vase is adorned with the blossoms of the four seasons: the Tree Peony for Spring, Lotus for Summer, Chrysanthemum for Autumn, and Plum Blossom for Winter.
Founded in 1885 by Yong Koon (simplified Chinese: 杨坤; traditional Chinese: 楊坤; pinyin: yáng kūn), his little shop called Ngeok Foh (Jade Peace), handcrafted pewter objects mainly for ceremonial use – such as joss sticks holders, incense burners and candle holders for altars of Chinese homes and temples. The pewter objects sold by Yong Koon were polished with “stone leaf” (tetracera scandens), a wild tropical leaf of a fine, abrasive nature. With the arrival of British colonials, the offering expanded to include tankards, ashtrays and tea services. The brand was then known as Selangor Pewter.
In the 1970s, the company started exporting, first to Singapore and Hong Kong and then to Australia. Towards the 1980s, the market expanded into Europe and later into Japan.
In 1992, the company changed its name to Royal Selangor to reflect its royal endorsement from His Royal Highness The Sultan of Selangor that time, Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, and to reflect its diverse product range, which has extended beyond pewter.
One of the reasons for Royal Selangor’s success in the gift and tableware market is its commitment to innovative designs and excellent craftsmanship. Every year, the company comes up with new ranges, some of which have received international recognition. For instance, in 1989 and 1991, Royal Selangor received the Design Plus award at the Frankfurt International Gift Fair. And in 1997, Royal Selangor received the Gift of the Year Award in the licensed gifts category, from the Giftware Association of the United Kingdom.
- 21st century
- Region/ Country of origin
- Title of artwork
- Royal Selangor
- Good condition, see description
- 33.5×12×12 cm