Do you like Chinese Decorative Arts?
Do you like Porcelain from Orient?
You are curious about the Asian Taste for Art?
Last October, I went to the 9th edition of Fine Art Asia in Hong Kong. The fair was showcasing both Eastern and Western antiques and fine art pieces. 100 top-rank galleries joined the event. The fair was founded in 2006 by the antique Chinese furniture dealer Andy Hei. His family shop was located on Hollywood road, in Hong Kong.
‘Francois Curiel, President, Christie’s Asia, commented, “Fine Art Asia is a unique international event in Hong Kong and the region, which combines art and antiques of quality from both East and West. The 8th edition organised in October 2012 presented a perfect balance between a wide range of specialties, from Asian arts to Old Master pictures and 19th Century paintings, works of art, jewellery, watches, silver and even rare books. Despite its growing success, the fair remains an accessible platform for professionals as well as newcomers to the art world, with a strong human dimension, making it easy and pleasurable to discover rare collectible items from all over the world.”
I really appreciated the human dimension of the fair. The huge exhibition hall was peaceful and you could approach professionals very easily. You could even try the priceless jewels and touch any pieces on display! I actually met two French dealers I knew from my Parisian experience: The gallery Laurence Vauclair and the gallery Dumonteil. I attended a lecture on French Porcelain given by Madame Vauclair, specialized in Majolica and Barbotine. I also admired a set I knew well from Maastrich and London: the Robert Hall Collection of Chinese Snuff bottles.
I also discovered Asian galleries I never had the opportunity to notice in France such as: The Andy Lei Ldt gallery, of course, the Sabi-net Japanese gallery from Hiroshima, the Gallery Teresa Coleman Fine Arts, located in Hong Kong and specialized in Chinese ancient Fabrics.
My favorite object in the Fair:
The piece I noticed was on display in a French gallery but it was originally made by a brand created in Hong Kong after the Second World War. The ‘Meubles bijoux’, called Kam Tin Furniture, are very refined Cabinets or side tables covered with mosaics of precious stones. They are modern pieces influenced by the taste for gems in imperial China. The 88 Gallery and its Chairman, Philippe Rapin, owns the Brand Kam Tin and restores or reproduces the vintage furniture designed in the 1970s and 1980s by the Chinese artist Yin Zing .
Turquoise Cabinet, Kam Tin, 2012, @kamtinfurniture.com
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Chinese antiques, Sheung Wan and Hollywood road Art galleries, Art Dealers, Fine Arts, Porcelain, Bronzes, Furniture, ancient fabrics, art fairs in emerging markets, Decorative Arts, Asian Taste
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Fine Art Asia 2014, 4-7 October – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Wan Chai