Friday, 16 October 2015
Chinese Antiques: The Collecting Craze
Chinese antiques are experiencing a collector’s fever. Many antique collecting associations have emerged and there are countless antique expositions. Ten millions of chinese regard collecting as investment, recreation, and the fashion.
“In 1985, there was a man named Wang Maoqiang in Beijing, who, with his flat cart, walked the streets from one neighborhood to another at the edge of the capital buying up old furniture and ancient porcelain. The villagers were happy to sell them because these old pieces, useless to them, were not as desirable to them as new ones. “At that time, a porcelain antique of the (1368-1644) might cost as little as 100 yuan. Treasures were available from the street vendors,” Wang said. Few expected that chinese antiques would be as valuable as they are today; so, few engaged in antique collecting.