Saturday, 22 December 2018
I love what designer, Jared Hughes, did to his place in Atlanta!
On behalf of Naik Antiques and Oriental Gifts, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all Christians a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to all! May 2019 bring us all more happiness, joy, laughter, health and wealth!
A fine Zisha teapot by the late renowned potter, Jiang Rong
Sunday, 16 December 2018
I found specialist Ivy Chan's write-up on how to read symbols in Chinese art quite informative:p Let me know what you think.
Sunday, 9 December 2018
I must admit that up until recently, I wasn't aware that Su Shi's Wood and Rock scroll painting was almost sold at a private sale. I wouldn't be surprised if Christie's decision to sell The Wood and Rock scroll painting at a public auction played a part in making it the most expensive object ever sold by Christie's in Asia (https://www.christies.com/features/Su-Shi-scroll-painting-sells-for-almost-60-million-dollars-9579-3.aspx)
Check out what the specialist said about the 1000-year-old Chinese painting in the link below:
Sunday, 2 December 2018
I think it's worth noting that despite being so old, some of the ancient coins (mentioned in the link below) had to be sold off as regular copper as they were deemed not valuable by archaeologists.
Sunday, 25 November 2018
It's that time of the year again where we start (window) shopping for presents and home decoration. At Naik Antiques and Oriental Gifts, we have something for everyone...be it a collectible, gift or souvenir. So, please feel free to drop by and take advantage of our year end sales! Please visit www.emperorsantique.com to view the rest of our other items. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me at +6018 3867939.
The one thing I learnt after watching the video (below) featuring the Kangxi Twelve Blue and White 'Month' Cups is this..... an item, in this case, a cup, can still fetch 'millions' on its own at an auction even though it originally existed as a set of 12 cups.
Sunday, 18 November 2018
“Damaged but good”
Christie’s head of sale for Chinese ceramics and works of art
“Location, location, location”
Global head of Asian art, Bonhams
“Early Chinese ceramics on the rise”
Director, Eastern, Oriental Art & Ceramics, Mallams
“Momentum behind Chinese paintings”
Head Of Asian Art At Chiswick Auctions
“Lacquer is creeping up on porcelain”
London dealer in Chinese works of art
“Young Chinese collectors are interested in Buddhism”
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Sunday, 4 November 2018
It’s fair to say that Western gardeners don’t pay much attention to the humble chrysanthemum. In Chinese culture the plant has fared rather differently. Inspired by its ability to resist winter chills, Chinese emperors drank wines laced with chrysanthemum, poets praised what they called “the petals of longevity”, and the intricate forms of chrysanthemum flowers came to figure prominently in Chinese art.
Symbolically the flower is associated with long life, good fortune and the season of autumn, so it’s appropriate that the most expensive piece in Adam’s first-ever specialist auction of Fine Oriental Ceramics, Sculpture and Art is a green “chrysanthemum dish” (Lot 74, €40,000-€60,000).
Why such a high estimate for such a tiny dish?
“It dates from the Yongzheng period, which was quite a short one, 1723 to 1735, and porcelain from that time is known for its high technical quality,” says Ronan Flanagan of Adam’s fine art department. “Porcelains were moving away from blue and white, and coloured glazes were the order of the day. The chrysanthemum dishes are well known to the market, and highly collectible.”
Sunday, 28 October 2018
Chinese art auction giants are aiming at the duopoly of Sotheby’s and Christie’s, but it looks a long shot. State-backed behemoth Poly International and China Guardian, both Beijing-based, now dominate the $7.1 billion global market for Chinese art and antiques. Having crushed smaller local rivals, they are expanding abroad. But their parochial, state-protected nature hobbles them. The Western houses’ offshore share looks safe for now.
The meteoric rise of Chinese auctioneers can be partly attributed to laws restricting foreigners from selling antiquities on the mainland – given a history of Western imperialists sneaking precious artefacts out of the country. That helped China’s Poly Auction, the world’s third largest auction company, rake in sales of $1.6 billion in 2017, according to a report by Art Basel and UBS; Guardian logged over $1 billion.
Dominance at home freed Poly and Guardian to compete abroad. Guardian founder Chen Dongsheng, for example, took a near 14 percent stake in the Sotheby’s two years ago, becoming its largest shareholder. Poly has since set up shop in Sydney, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York.
Sunday, 21 October 2018
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Luo Ying is a purist. The professor of traditional Chinese painting practises what she teaches: her classical ink landscape paintingsborrow techniques and styles of brushwork used as far back as the Song dynasty (960 – 1279AD).
“Chinese ink painting is the quintessence of our nation’s heritage. It is a timeless, classical art form that we can proudly show off to the world. There is no need to adulterate it with contemporary elements,” says the 44-year-old Hangzhou native at her first exhibition in Hong Kong.
Luo fears that clumsy attempts to make Chinese ink art relevant to today’s world can take the focus away from traditional techniques and the underlying philosophy of the ancient art form. “Showing figures wearing face masks to make a point about air pollution is a bad idea, I think. You can watch the news if you want to find out about current affairs. Chinese paintings are not supposed to be about that.”
Sunday, 7 October 2018
I must admit the eye-popping figure Christie's is expecting to fetch for Su Shi's Wood and Rock painting is hard to ignore. However, I find it extremely hard to ignore the fact that Su Shi's student's work managed to sell for a whooping $13million more than the estimated amount of Su Shi's painting! And mind you, that was 8 years ago. Maybe collecting an apprentice's work of art is not such a bad idea after all.
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Trump ordered his administration to impose 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods next week and to raise the rate to 25 percent in January if Beijing refuses to offer trade concessions. Among items removed from the initial list of goods targeted for duties are those covering paintings, sculptures, collages, ceramics and historical collectibles, along with antiques older than 100 years.
Critics of the tariff plan said it would discourage private collectors and dealers from acquiring Chinese art and cultural items, and because museums rely on donations, they and the viewing public would suffer. They also questioned the effectiveness of trying to spur U.S. production or change China’s trade behavior by targeting art.
China is the world’s No. 2 art market, accounting for 21 percent of sales by value, behind the U.S. at 42 percent, according to the Art Market 2018 report from Art Basel and UBS Group AG. Sales in the global art market reached $63.7 billion in 2017, up 12 percent from 2016, according to the report.
Imports originating from China last year included $107.2 million for century-old antiques and $66.6 million for paintings, drawings and pastels by hand, according to U.S. Census data.
Still, Chinese art could be put back in the line of fire.
Still, Chinese art could be put back in the line of fire.
Sunday, 16 September 2018
I'm delighted and excited to announce that Naik Antiques and Oriental Gifts will be having our first monthly sales soon! Apart from our usual evaluation of items from 3.30pm - 5pm, we are inviting collectors who are looking to sell off their collection/inheritance to join us! Collectors/sellers can display up to 3 small items at our shop on the date and time stipulated below:
Date: 29/9/18 (Saturday)
Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm
111M, Jln SS21/37,
Interested parties can PM me at 018 3867939 for more information. First come, first serve basis.
Cheers and hope u all have a great weekend!
Sunday, 9 September 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" at the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been indefinitely postponed, authorities said Monday.
Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism announced the delay on Twitter, saying "more details will be announced soon."
It was to be displayed from Sept. 18. The National, a state-aligned English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, wrote online Monday that "speculation suggests the museum might be waiting for its one-year anniversary on Nov. 11" to unveil it.
The full article is available in the link below:
Sunday, 2 September 2018
Sunday, 26 August 2018
The latest list of targeted Chinese goods ran to 205 pages. It included sand blasting machines; eels, fresh or chilled (excluding fillets); hats; and, at the bottom of the last page, paintings and drawings executed entirely by hand, original sculptures, and antiques more than 100 years old.
The tariffs would apply to all artworks that originated in China, regardless of how they entered the United States. That means American buyers could be required to pay 25 percent more for a Ming dynasty bowl sold by a British owner at an auction in New York, as well as for a painting by a young Beijing-based artist at a gallery in Hong Kong.
The announcement has caused outrage in the art world.
James Lally, the founder of J.J. Lally & Co., a dealer based in New York that specializes in Asian art, said that the proposed tariffs were "a matter of great concern" to museums, collectors, curators and dealers worldwide.
Sotheby's, Christie's and the Asia Week New York association of dealers said in a written complaint that the United States, not China, would be affected most.
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Sunday, 22 July 2018
A fine imperial famille rose bowl with gold-plated enamels featuring scenic landscape.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
1. Examine decoration.
Chinese-taste pieces created for domestic consumption are almost always decorated with Chinese motifs, such as flowers, landscapes, Buddhist emblems and so on. Those bound for the West often incorporate Western themes or designs, which the artists would have received from foreign traders.
2. Chinese-taste motifs.
The dragon, which symbolises imperial power, is one of the most frequent motifs in Chinese porcelains. ‘It is a symbol of the emperor and one of the most sought after decorations for today’s Chinese collectors.
3. Take a look at transitional wares.
4. Consider hybrid porcelains.
There are also hybrid pieces, which blur the boundaries between domestic and export works. Made in the early 18th century, these objects reflect Chinese tastes but were sold to both domestic and export markets. At this point in history, before private European orders were common, demand in Europe for Chinese porcelains was great, and Western trading companies brought back porcelains decorated with Chinese motifs for a demanding clientele.
5. Porcelain objects for the scholar.
Another interesting sub-category of Chinese porcelains to consider includes pieces that would have adorned scholars’ desks: small brushpots, objects upon which brushes rested, flower vases and more. These pieces were made in a range of materials, such as wood and enamel, and also in porcelain.
6. Do your homework.
As is always the case, new collectors should strive to see as many works as they can, and get their hands on any and every material that they can from museums, auction houses, and dealers.
7. Look for restorations.
In the past, restorations tend to brown or yellow and flake with time, but new techniques make restorations harder to see. One trick to uncover restorations is to stick a pin in the questionable area; if it sticks be wary. Porcelain that has not been overpainted will not scratch. Holding a flashlight up to a work can also help with spotting hair-line cracks.
Sunday, 1 July 2018
The period from the 1950s to the ’70s saw the beginning of Hong Kong’s economic miracle. The blow dealt to the city’s post-second-world-war recovery by the Korean conflict and the consequent American-led blockade on Chinese trade was ameliorated by an influx of people from China who brought fresh capital and built factories, reducing the city’s reliance on the entrepôt trade.
The antiques business flourished in this environment and the market was dominated by dealers from China who moved to Hong Kong to escape the political and economic turmoil after the Communist Party took over.
The field widened in the late 1960s, when Hong Kong began to attract more international collectors. Western dealers such as Hugh Moss and Glenn and Lucille Vessa, of Honeychurch Antiques, began to trade in the city. Hollywood Road started to fill with antiques shops catering to expatriates and visitors, initially from America and Europe, later from Japan and Taiwan. In 1973, Sotheby’s became the first international auction house to hold regular sales in Hong Kong.
The dealers in Hong Kong often returned to [China] and bought from the antiques market in Beijing’s Liulichang district or from dealers who kept stock at home.”
There were restrictions, though.
“Nothing as old as Han [206BC-AD220] and Tang [AD618-907] dynasty was allowed to be taken out but Qing [1644-1911] and Ming [1368-1644] stuff, no problem,” says Hei Snr. “Even imperial kiln ceramics could be exported.”
Hong Kong dealers continued to source from China during the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution.
Nevertheless, the mood is gloomy along Hollywood Road, where Andy Hei has had his own furniture shop since 2000. Last summer, Honeychurch Antiques became the latest of many dealerships to close their doors for good. Rising rent is the main cause. In the ’80s, the average monthly rent was HK$10,000. By 2000, Andy Hei was paying about HK$30,000. And then the market went berserk.
In some ways, the industry has also become a victim of its own success. “It is hard for anyone to set up a new business unless they come from a family of dealers with an existing inventory. It costs so much to buy now, and there are so many fakes out there,” Andy Hei says.
The market has changed dramatically in other ways.
“The old clients have gone along with the generous housing allowances that expatriates used to get,” he says. “Westerners also don’t have the same romantic idea about ‘the Orient’ that used to spur Europeans and Americans to study, collect and live with Chinese antiques. Buyers [from China] have different tastes and ways of doing business.
“They bargain. They are impatient. They phone you up at midnight on a Sunday.”
“They bargain. They are impatient. They phone you up at midnight on a Sunday.”