In 1949 when the communist took over mainland china, many more pieces eventually made their way to Hong Kong. This was the 2nd time time, when the flow of antiques pouring out of China would spike.
Hong Kong’s famous “antique street” Hollywood Road, was completed in 1844 and was the 2nd road to be built in Hong Kong, after Queens Road Central. These were the very earliest days of the colony, and its role as gateway to the east was only just starting to become established. At that time, Hollywood Road was quite close to the coastline (significantly more so than today, due to reclamation of the harbor) and its near proximity to the shoreline, meant the area was never short of foreign merchants and sailors on their way back to Europe.
Over the years, having spent a fair amount of time in and out of Hong Kong, it suddenly dawned on me that (up until now), this famous Hong Kong antiques street in Central, has yet to be mentioned here. Adding insult to injury, is that fact that for many years, upon my arrival in Hong […]
PEKÍN PONE FRENO A LOS CAZATESOROS https://www.elconfidencial.com/mundo/2017-10-30/hong-kong-paraiso-contrabando-antiguedades_1466468/ Rodeado de esculturas de feroces dioses budistas, mercaderes de la ruta de la Seda y voluptuosas cortesanas de la dinastía Tang, el propietario de uno de los numerosos anticuarios de Hollywood Road, una de las calles más antiguas de Hong Kong, enseña con orgullo su colección. “La mayoría de piezas […]
I was recently looking over a gilded and painted antique Chinese book cabinet (书柜), with a customer in a very expensive Hong Kong antique dealers shop. I casually remarked that the gold paintings have been retouched and in some cases were completely new. (Though the dealer would swear the paintings were original, whether they knew […]
“If I purchase a genuine antique while in China, will I be able to export it back to my home country?” The short answer is only if it is A) made after 1911 and more importantly B) not classified as Cultural property. According to the official Chinese law on the Protection of Cultural Relics, […]