Mathilde Hk to the Liang Yi Museum

You like Ancient Chinese Furniture?
You are curious about imperial everyday life in Classic China?
You like Decorative Arts and Fine Craftsmanship?

After two weeks on a waiting list, I finally managed to book a private tour of the new Liang Yi private Museum. This amazing private collection is housed in an old industrial building on Hollywood road.The museum is not open to public, unless you book a private guided Tour. Bonnie, specialized in White and Blue Chinese Porcelain, showed me around, describing every single object. The collection counts 300 pieces but the museum displays only part of it. While the furniture are all Chinese and made for exceptional use, the decorative art pieces are mainly from Japan.
The museum also launched a special exhibition on 1920’s and 1930’s vanity cases, on display until September 2014.

I heard of the Liang Yi Museum from a friend working in Hong Kong for the French Consulate: Clemence Lugagne. I went to the grand opening with her and that was very refined: Champagne and Brass band music were welcoming us. Clemence was well aware of the premises and museum objectives. However, the Objects were not labeled and I noticed nice pieces but I wanted to know more.

My Favorite Objects:

The first day bed you encounter while entering the first floor space is an imperial XVIII th century piece. The carved dragons are to be seen on the 4 panels of the bed. This allows to trace the furniture back to an extremely important owner, since such refined and expensive details were usually on display only on the visible panels. Bonnie explained us that the bed must have been placed in ritual rooms in the forbidden city or carried on by eunuchs for outdoor ceremonies.


Day bed, Imperial provenance, picture@Mathildehk

The master piece on display in that first furniture exhibition is an impressive wardrobe with painted marble panels. The whole furniture is made out of 4 individual side boards that you can disassemble. The curators regrouped the 4 ensembles, forming a huge piece decorated with beautiful medallions depicting war scenes. Bonnie explained us that the piece was in possession of an American family and used to be used as a stereo furniture. The holes for the cables are still recognizable nowadays… As for the war scenes painted on Marble, they still work on their identification.



Large Wardrobe with marble painted-panels, picture@Mathildehk

Topics and Keywods:

Solo: themes and objects to be seen in that exhibition
Chinese traditional study room, Japanese gold and silver boxes, bamboo furniture, imperial day beds, Chest tables, Tables for games, exported furniture for Chinese customers, Japanese porcelain, statues of Buddha, worshiping furniture in China,

Combo: On the same topic
Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, traditional Chinese tea sets.

Liang Yi Museum
146, Hollywood road, Hong Kong
Ticket: 200 HKD per pax

Mathilde HK at the Flagstaff Museum of Teaware.

You like Chinese Ceramic, especially Earthenware?
You want to learn more about purple clay teapots?
You are curious about Chinese Traditional Ceremony of Tea?

Last Saturday, I went on a tour to the Flagstaff Museum of Tea ware in Hong Kong Park. The museum launched an exhibition on Purple clay teapot with important loans from the Nanjing Museum. I followed a tour given by Anita Wong, the specialist of the city where those objects are made: Yixing.
Some workshops in Yixing are still working nowadays and they are well collected in China. Those teapots or water jugs are supposed to be the best dishes for Tea drinking. They preserve the flavor better and keep the water warmer than any other tea ware in China.


Yixing Teapot, XVIII-XIX th century, bamboo shape,sold at Christie’s for GB Pounds 2150, @Christie’s

I was aware of that special tour by the Oriental Ceramic Society news letter. I registered as soon as I got in Hong Kong in October so that I can be aware of everything linked to ceramic.
However, one can regret the little promotion around that exhibition.

My favorite piece in the exhibition:

One of the finest pieces on display is a 1533 purple teapot excavated in Nanjing Region back in 1966. That teapot is almost a celebrity. It belonged to a court Eunuch.The shape and handle are very fine and regular, while the whole piece is in perfect condition.
Many contemporary potters in Yixing still get their inspiration from those very ancient models and some of their works are on display at the end of the exhibition.


Yixing Teapot, 1533, @Flagstaffmuseumofteaware

Topics and keywords:

Solo: Themes and Topics to focus on in that exhibition
Tea in China, teapot, clay and colors, tea house, luxury goods consumption in Ancient China, Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty, Export tea wares, Japan and tea drinking, craft masters in China, contemporary ceramic in China, K.S. Loo legacy, Sotheby’s 1978 Asian Art sale.

Combo: Exhibitions to be seen on the same topic
Exhibition of fine Chinese furniture and fine objects in Liang Yi Museum on Hollywood road.

Gems of Yixing Tea Ware from the Nanjing Museums’ – Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware
Until: 10 July 2014
Ticket: free admission

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Mathilde HK at Fine Art Asia 2013

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,

Topics and Keywords:

Solo: topics to focus on

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

Combo: on the same topic:

Fine Art Asia 2014, 4-7 October – Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Wan Chai



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