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.
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 […]
An exceptionally fine and rare large reclining Burmese Mandalay period Buddha. On offer is two privately held collections of Chinese and Southeast Asian antiquities for sale. In total there are over 70 different pieces in both collections. Collection consists of Chinese Neolithic, Han, Warring States and Ming Dynasty pottery and terracotta, Burmese and Thai […]
After last weeks visit to the Beijing un-restored antiques market, several people had asked me for specific recommendations on “which pieces I would buy and why would I buy them.” I will break this list down into three categories and discuss each in a three part post. Collectors level: These are often investment worthy classical […]