Mathilde HK and Contemporary Ceramic in Hong Kong

You would like to learn more about contemporary Ceramic?

You make a collection of hand-made teapots and vases?

You want to acquire authentic pieces?

I like Ceramic in general, Porcelain in particular. I used to work in Paris for the fine porcelain brand, made in Limoges: Haviland. I am collecting earthenware and want to guide you if you are looking for collecting in Hong Kong. As soon as I arrived in 2013, I wanted to buy true Chinese earthenware, vases, pots and tableware. I also wanted to find a pottery place where I could meet artists and eventually learn about Chinese techniques. I was looking for both affordable and top quality pieces I could be completely sure about. I was curious about hand-made objects that wouldn’t be fakes.

Let me share my findings with you.

Contemporary hand-made Pottery in Hong Kong:

The Pottery Workshop

The first thing I looked for when I arrived was an education center for traditional Ceramic making and earthenware. I found out about a place on Hollywood road called the Pottery Workshop, a real institution in Hong Kong, existing since 1985. The studio sponsors contemporary artists, houses exhibitions, does residences and provides the public with individual or group classes of very good quality. They have workshops in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Jingdezhen, the mecca for Chinese Porcelain and the biggest studio of the whole organization.

The Hong Kong Workshop displays the artists’ creations in a small gallery and has an online shop which is in Chinese only. They are not as big as the Jingdezhen center but they are very active.  The Collection they sale is large, from dinnerware and teapots to design pieces.  The prices are reasonable and the pieces are mainly earthenware.

My selection of Mugs:

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The Pottery Worshop, online shop,

The Design Studio created by the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen displays various pieces, such as customized dishes, Chinese contemporary vases decorated with bats, white ceramic tales, and porcelain figures. The quality rank of their products is high, since they are mostly made of porcelain, and so are the prices.

My selection of Porcelain wares:

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Design Studio,The Pottery Workshop of Jingdezhen,

Fine contemporary Porcelain in Hong Kong:

Shanghai Tang Collections

Shanghai Tang, the Hong Kong luxury brand created in 1994, designed porcelain ware that are already on display in Decorative Arts Museums, such as The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The 1997 mud called ‘Leader and Flags’, is a Porcelain transfer printed in enamels depicting Mao Zedong. The decoration was created by Shanghai Tang after the painting made by Wang Ziwei in 1989 and is now housed at the V&A, in the Factory Ceramics galleries.


‘Leader and Flags’, 1997 Shanghai Tang, Hong Kong, V&A,

The luxury brand continues on creating porcelain inspired by traditional China that is of good quality, even though it is not hand-made. The designer Jacky Tsai, for instance, was commissioned  Blue and White tableware for the brand. According to me, the 2014 Lotus Porcelain Collection is a real best seller. The price for the dining set is expensive but it is a real artwork signed by a famous artist.


Lotus Play, 2014, Shanghai Tang, Jacky Tsai,

Art gallery specialized in Contemporary Ceramic in Hong Kong :

The Nec Gallery

Located on Hollywood road, the Gallery Nec displays an important collection of contemporary artists working on one specific medium: ceramic. Created in Paris in 2001 by Roger Nilsson and Alain Chiglien, the gallery promotes works that are very innovative and refined. Among the artists the Nec Gallery represents, I selected Steen Ipsen, whose work remind me of cells and DNA schemes.


Steen Ipsen, Tied up 35, 2012,


Topics and Keywords:

Solo: topics to focus on

Ceramic, pottery, craftsman, workshop, pottery classes, clay, dinnerware, tea ware, hand-made earthenware, artists, Decorative Arts, Visual Arts

Combo: on the same topic

2013 Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters – Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (1/F)
Until 2014.9.8

Free admission













Mathilde HK to Liang Yi Talks – July 8

You want to learn more about late XIX th century art collectors ?
You went to New York and liked the Frick Collection?
You are curious about Hotels Particuliers and private art collections?

On Tuesday, I went to the July Edition of the Liang Yi talks. Veronique Chagnon Burke, director of Christies’s Education, gave us a lecture on: ‘The Gilded Age of art Collectors’, an inquiry with 4 examples: The Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in Boston, The Wallace Collection in London, The Jacquemart-André Collection in Paris and The Frick Collection in New York. Those collections were built between 1890s and 1930s and perfectly reflect the definition of Gilded age created by Marc Twain. They illustrate both philanthropist and social purposes expressed by new Western fortunes, especially American business men.


The Wallace Collection – Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom

I was very happy to listen to such a passionate professor. I must confess I went to those 4 museums several times, so I felt just like at home, especially concerning the Wallace, which was my studying place back in 2007-2008. I went to the talk thanks to my friends who mentioned those conferences to me. I met Tracy Wong at the lecture and was amused to count only 2 men in the room…Such monthly talks are free and embrace many different topics, do not hesitate joining!!!


The Fragonard room – The Frick Collection – 1 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021, United States

The interesting highlights:

It would be very difficult to select one specific collection among those four giants of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts. However, our lecturer distinguished two categories: the mansions in which both the collector and the pieces pursue an everyday life and the Collections on display in a museum specially tailor-made for them, where the owner never actually lived. She also made a difference between the educative mission of such private collections. Whereas The Frick collection had a strong academic concern, the Jacquard-Andre in France never considered opening any library or research department in their premises.


The Isabella Steward Gardner Museum – 25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115, United States

What I learned from it:

What I found very interesting is the way each collection was linked to music and concert experiences. Their owners created the museum’s layout in such a way the visitor would see beautiful things along with a touch of music. This was meant to lead the public to excellence and beauty, in a kind of moral education typical of the age of positivism.. What is also exciting is to consider what the two women and two men decided to collect. Another thing was the taste they all had: While the French collectors never look at their contemporaries, the impressionists and so on, the American collectors never acquired American works or pieces on American topics. The four Collections focus on Italian and Flemish Old Master paintings, XVIII th century Furniture and Decorative Arts. They do not display any chronological series and were designed to give an alternative to encyclopedic knowledge.


The oval room, The Jacquemart – Andre Museum- 158, bd Haussmann 75008 Paris, France

Topics and Keywords:

Solo: topics to focus on in that exhibition
Decorative Arts, Fine Arts, Louis XVI furniture, Bernard Berenson

Combo: On the same topic:

The Nissim de Camondo Collections

Liang Yi Talks: July Edition by Veronique Chagnon-Burke – Liang Yi Museum
8 July 2014
Ticket: free entry
20 seats only!

Mathilde HK at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum

You always dreamed about traveling on the glamorous liners ?
You are curious about the interior decoration and lifestyle they displayed during the 1930s?
French Cruise lines, such as the Normandie or the France, are familiar to you?

The French May festival launched an exhibition at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum:’Palaces on the Seas:the Golden Age of French Ocean Liners”‘. I visited the exhibition, which features posters, pictures, drawings, tickets, uniforms, suitcases and decorative objects, from two major French cruise lines: La Compagnie Générale Transatlantique and Les Messageries Maritimes. During the 1930s, the line Paris-Hong Kong launched a departure to France every two weeks. The connection was capital for French commercial activities.
In order to learn more, I also attended a lecture on ‘The Messageries Maritimes in Hong Kong, 1918-1940’. The talk was given by Francois Dremeaux, already famous for his studies and publications on the History of French people in Hong Kong. The Museum is giving free talks, either in Cantonese or in English, with topics that are always mixing local stories with History.

I was aware of that new exhibition thanks to the French May team. It actually reminded me of a former exhibition sponsored in Paris by the Musee National de la Marine: Paquebot France, in 2011.

My favorite space:

Not only is the museum team ready to give your children a nice tour with costumes and jeu de roles, but they also provide you with a deck and a game which was very popular on board: le Palet. Although the rules are not familiar to us anymore, I thought it was very detailed and hands-on to recreate such a game inside the exhibition.


Poster, Messageries Maritimes, Japon Extreme-Orient, Georges Taboureau, 1920

My favorite objects:

The French Liners to Asia, designed by the Messageries Maritimes, were extremely luxurious. The ships of the 1930s had refined names such as: Atos, Portos, Aramis, or Chambord, Chenonceau… and were well furnished. Tableware was made of Porcelain and Crystal. The best French manufactures were in charge of creating a special tableware, a showcase for French gastronomy. Haviland-Limoges, which made the porcelain for the famous France, was also producing the fine white dishes for the Messageries Maritimes, while Daum was manufacturing the glasses for the ships. The Silversmith was very ‘Bauhaus like’ and stamped by Ercuis and Christofle. All the artifacts were stamped with an anchor and an unicorn, symbols of the Messageries Maritimes since its creation in 1796.


Fist-class diner table from The Normandie, ‘Atlas’ and ‘Transat’ silver-plated tableware by Christofle, picture@mathildeHK

Topics and Keywords:

Solo: topics to focus on in that exhibition
Decorative Arts, Posters, Maritime Objects, Memorabilia, Tableware, Lifestyle, Sketches, Models boat.

Combo: On the same topic

‘Palaces on the Seas: the Golden Age of French Ocean Liners’ – Hong Kong Maritime Museum
28 May to 26 August 2014
Ticket: 30 HKD

Mathilde HK at Sotheby’s Spring Sale – April 2014

You like going to Auction Houses?
You enjoy Chinese Art?
You are curious about old master pieces or new talents?

Last April, I went on a guided tour to the Sotheby’s Selling Exhibition: Spring sale, April 4-8, in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The Objects on display were mainly Chinese. Sotheby’s and Christie’s display their seasonal exhibitions in Hong Kong at least twice a year. The public is allowed to visit the departments’ showcases for free, before the actual auctions. Two different eras drew my attention that time: Contemporary inks on paper on display with Chinese Furniture and Ceramics.

I heard about that VIP tour through the Oriental Ceramic Society. The visit took place on Sunday, April the 6th, at 8.45 a.m. The main celebrity who gave us a private view on the Chinese ceramic collection was the Chairman for Sotheby’s Asia: Nicolas Chow. I was delighted to benefit from his knowledge.

Not to mention the many other beautiful artefacts on sale that season, I must talk about the porcelain cup which became a real star after the sale: THE MEIYINTANG ‘CHICKEN CUP’. That very tiny piece of Chinese porcelain decorated with cocks and chickens is a real treasure. They are only 16 pieces alike to be found in the world. That precise cup Nicolas Chow presented us fetched 281,240,000 HKD at auction.

My favorite room:

On such occasion, the Department of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Arts decided to launch a selling exhibition on Ancient Chinese Decorative Arts and Modern inks on paper: Contemporary Literati – A Gathering, By Nicolas Chow.
They recreated an interior and decorated it as a Chinese study with fine objects such as: Ink stones, sideboards, calligraphy tools, Buddhas and precious brush pots. The experts added very old Bonsai to the display, some of them dating from the XVIIIth century, alongside with ancient Ying scholars rocks and carved woods in the shape of big mushrooms or snakes. Above the fine Chinese furniture, part of the Hung Collection, many contemporary ink works were hung. That innovative display created a peaceful atmosphere. The whole setting was giving a real feeling of what Zen esthetic should be.


Bonsai, XVIIIth century, picture@Mathildehk

My favorite work:

The pieces I discovered were inks on silk or paper made by Chinese artists in the last decades, such as: Tai Xiangzhou, Yu Hui or Xu Lei. I must confess to be less familiar with Chinese modern and contemporary Art. One picture in particular drew my attention: a ‘Satellite’, signed by Cai Xiaosong, dated 2009, with one seal of the artist. That ink on silk with fabric mount was sold for 375,000 HKD.


‘Satellite’, ink on silk, Cai Xiaosong, 2009, picture@Mathildehk

Topics and Keywords:

Solo: Themes and Topics to focus on in that exhibition
Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Chinese Study, Cosmos, Zen, Buddha, paintings, Ying Rocks, Chinese Furniture, old masters, Scholars, calligraphy, inks, carved wood, bonsai.

Combo: On the same topic

Sotheby’s Selling Exhibition – Spring Sale 2014
Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Free admission

Mathilde HK in Hong Kong Museum of Art – Ju Ming

You are curious about Chinese contemporary sculptures?
You like artists catching everyday life movements and attitudes?
You appreciate an artist working on many different materials?

In March, I went to Ju Ming sculpture exhibition ‘Sculpting the living world’, at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The exhibition was a posthumous show since that artist, native from Taiwan, died in 2008. 120 sets of various 3 dimensional figures were on display, many provided by the Museum itself. The public could see some blocks on the museum balconies and terraces, which gave them a strong taste of realism. Ju Ming is very well known on the international scene and had many exhibitions running in London, New York and Taiwan. His major productions, Taichi Series and Living World Series, partly presented in that solo show, were developed during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

I heard about that fabulous retrospective from a good friend who notices the outdoor installations in front of the Museum. I already knew about Ju Ming from a previous experience in France. Indeed, in 1997, his sculptures were to be seen on the Place Vendome in Paris. I was too young to notice the techniques and meanings of it, but I remember playing around.

My favorite art form:

The Large-scale wooden painted figures fascinated me. The artist started working on wood and then moved to ceramic, bronze and stainless steel. The carved figures I prefer are depicting everyday life, such as: wedding couples and family, street merchants, old couples walking, working man in a suit, school girls. In such a raw material as wood, Ju Ming shares a lot of feelings and tenderness, with a touch of humor.


Wood sculpture by Ju Ming, picture@Mathildehk

My favorite theme:

Later on in his carrier, Ju Ming moved to stainless steel sculptures. My attention was drawn by the series called: Swimming. Groups of girls alongside a suggested swimming pool are wearing white suits and seem to be ready to jump in water. Their shinning bodies, made out of steel, depict the tanned skins and the effect of water mirroring on it. Their pause, ascending from the pool, embody Women Beauty.


Swimming, Sainless steel sculpture, Ju Ming, picture@Mathildehk

Topics and keywords:

Solo: Themes and Topics to focus on in that exhibition
Sculptures, Taiwanese artist, sculptor, carved-wood, ceramic, stainless steel, bronze, Fine Arts, Contemporary Art, Installation, Ju Ming, Living world series, China everyday life.

Combo: On the same Topic
Sheung Wan and Wellington street
Hong Kong Museum of History
Departments: Folk culture in Hong Kong and Birth and Early Growth of the city.

Ju Ming ‘Sculpting the living world’ – Hong Kong Museum of Art

Until: 15 June 2014
Ticket: 20 HKD

Mathilde HK at the Hong Kong Museum of Art – Paris Chinese Paintings

You don’t know anything about Chinese Modern Art or you want to learn more?
You never suspected so many important Chinese Artists actually went to Paris and trained there?
You are curious and want to see their works?

In 2014, the French May organized about 30 exhibitions linking Chinese Art to France. Among those exhibitions, I selected the modern painting exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Arts: ‘Paris Chinese Paintings’. The investigation focuses on Chinese artists who trained and exhibited in Paris during the XX th century. The exhibition provides the visitors with a large quantity of works, mainly loans from The Musee Cernushi and Musee Guimet in Paris, alongside with Chinese paintings from the Museum’s own collections. The works on display are by artists such as: Xu Beihong, Lin Fengmian, Pan Yuliang, Sanyu, Pang Xunqin, Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-chun and Wu Guanzhong, who all went to Paris in search of new inspirations in order to create Chinese Modern Art.

I went to the Museum with a friend, working at Christie’s Hong Kong: Tiphaine Demont. We had the opportunity to talk about the artists in a more merchant point of view. She could provide our tour with detailed prices and collectors’ behavior, which was very valuable. I read about those paintings in a program . Each year, in April, the French May publishes a very detailed catalog listing all the various activities sponsored by the festival. I really suggest art amateurs to get it so they can plan their visits and book their seats to performances in advance.

My favorite room in the exhibition:

The central room of the exhibition displays post-second War pieces by a very famous artist, well collected nowadays: Lin Fengmian. His works are at a crossroads and the 6 pieces hung in that room illustrate the title of the exhibition very well. Two Egrets by the River, Pieta, Ladies in a Garden and Opera Scene by Lin Fengmian in 1950s bear signs of influences from Matisse and Picasso, Modigliani, Maurice Utrillo, Raoul Dufy and even Marie Laurencin. At that time: 1940s-1950s, Chinese painters reinterpreted the classical Chinese way of conceiving a picture and took their inspiration mainly from Cubism, Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. Either the colors, the brushes and supports or the depicted subjects, are influenced by Western standards.


Ladies in a Garden, ink and color on paper, Lin Fengmian, 1950, @hongkongmuseumofart


My favorite Painting:

The Later work by the painter Walasse Ting: Gazing at the fish bowl, 1980s, depicts a group of tree young Chinese ladies looking at a gold-fish. The colors and the style of this Ink and acrylic on paper really delighted me. Walasse Ting is well known on the contemporary Chinese art scene and this precise work shows many common characteristics with Matisse such as: the vivid colors, the fish bowl on display on a gueridon, the curbs and the use of ink to draw the figures.


Gazing a the fish bowl, ink and acrylic on paper, Walasse Ting,1980s,@hongkongmuseumofart

Topics and keywords: Solo:
Themes and Topics to focus on in that exhibition
Chinese Paintings, Chinese Modern Art, oil on canvas, ink on paper, Calligraphy, Chinese Opera masks, traditional Chinese landscape, Chinese animal paintings, Chinese abstract painters.

Combo: On the same topic
Sotheby’s Hong Kong – Private selling exhibition Visions of the Present: Chinese Contemporary Ink Hong Kong The James Christie Room | 3 June – 7 August 2014

Paris Chinese Painting – Hong Kong Museum of Art (TST)
6 June to 21 Sept 2014
Ticket: 20 HKD

Mathilde HK at HK Affordable Art Fair

You like going to Art Fairs?
You like Contemporary Art?
You are interested in collecting art?

In March 2014, I went to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for the Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair. Although I knew the fair from the European point of view, I was very curious to see the proportion of Chinese and local galleries attending the Asian phenomenon. Affordable Art Fair was created in the 1990s by an English: Will Ramsay. From the first year on, the success of the Fair increased to such a point that it allowed its founding members to launch other versions in Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Seattle, Stockholm, Hong Kong and Maastricht. The aim of such an event is mostly to exhibit new artists and to give visibility to small art galleries and collectives. 29000 people attended the Hong Kong fair in 2014,  among the 121 galleries which participated, 35 were local.

I heard about the Fair from a friend. I went on Friday March, the 21st. It was very crowded and friendly.



The Flying Pig, inflatable installation, HKCEC, picture@Mathildehk


My favorite gallery:

I noticed a gallery named Art for All Society, presenting artists from Macau such as: Eric Fok,Cai Guo Jie,Lai Sio Kit,Sylviye Lei Ieng Wai,Rui Rasquinho,Mina Ao,Hong Wai. This non-profitable art organization was established in 2007 in Macau and in 2008 in Beijing. I was touched by the details of the works I saw and their retro style. They were mainly works on paper, especially inks:  Collection series– Phoenix I, 33 × 33 cm Ink and color on Xuan paper, made in 2013 or Eric Fok Paradise no.44 38 × 29.5 cm Ink on Paper, also 2013. (work to be seen below) AFA also provides young talents with art scholarships.


Paradise no.44, Ink on Paper, 38 × 29.5 cm , Eric Fok, 2013, picture@Mathildehk

My favorite Artist:

Some of you may have encountered a Hong Kong artist working with Lego: Ric Tse. The art form he uses is photography. He became quite famous on the island with his pictures of the Yellow Rubber Duck: Picture This. Ric Tse. Rubber Duck Fever . 2013. The Legography he created are always colorful and humoristic. He depicts many iconic places and scenes in Hong Kong, with full details and crowded foregrounds. This rather playful artist is emerging since 2011 and I understand why he is so popular here.




Legography, photography, Ric Tse, 2013, picture@MathildeHK

Topics and Keywords:

Solo: Topics to focus on
Contemporary Art, Visual Arts, Photography, Fine Arts, Galleries, Art Fair, Art Basel, Artists in Hong Kong, emerging art market

Combo: on the same topic
Art BASEL Hong Kong – March 15-17 2015

Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair – HKCEC –
1 Harbour RoadWan Chai
Next Hong Kong fair: 22 – 24 May 2015, HKCEC

Picture This. Ric Tse. Rubber Duck Fever . 2013. Archival pigment print. 51 x 33.5cm. Limited edition of 30. – See more at:
Picture This. Ric Tse. Rubber Duck Fever . 2013. Archival pigment print. 51 x 33.5cm. Limited edition of 30. – See more at:
Picture This. Ric Tse. Rubber Duck Fever . 2013. Archival pigment print. 51 x 33.5cm. Limited edition of 30. – See more at: This. Ric Tse. Rubber Duck Fever . 2013.


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