Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Mini Tour and FREE Evaluation at Naik Antiques and Oriental Gifts

Dear readers,

I'm pleased and excited to announce that Naik Antiques annd Oriental Gifts will be having our very first mini tour and FREE evaluation session on 28th April 2018!
3pm - 4pm: Free evaluation of items
4pm - 4.30pm: Mini tour

Please click on the link below to register.

For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me at 018 3867939. We look forward to seeing you there!

May Naik
Director of Naik Antiques and Oriental Gifts

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Ker-Qing! How Sky-High Prices for Chinese Porcelain Hurt Museums by Kylie Knott

"While we think of porcelain and ceramics as being incredibly fragile, which, of course, it is, it is also very resilient, so when we get shards of porcelain that have survived over time we can use it as a way to teach people about Chinese social history from the origins of China right through to now," says Harrison-Hall, who has a special interest in the material culture of later Chinese history, particularly the Song to Qing dynasties (960-1911).
British-born Harrison-Hall, who has published many books on Chinese ceramics, is also fascinated by the Ming period (1368-1644), a time of great growth in China when emperors and their palaces benefited from the skilled workmanship that created paintings, furniture, costumes, ceramics and jewellery. Even in modern China, the Ming dynasty is still considered a "golden age" of Chinese culture, she says.
But while Harrison-Hall wishes people luck building their private collections, she says the growing number of them - and the huge prices paid by private collectors - make it difficult for museums to acquire pieces. "When items are selling for £21 million [HK$254 million] then it's tough for museums to build on their collections. Museums rely on private donations and much of the money also goes on building maintenance and staff, so these prices make it very hard."
But she is not surprised by the amounts being paid considering the rarity of Qing imperial porcelain. "Very few examples of such high quality exist and those that do are in the imperial collections of the Beijing Palace Museum, Taipei National Museum or the Percival David Foundation in London."

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Chinese Protests Fail To Stop 'Illegal' Water Vessel Sale

A rare sacred Chinese bronze water vessel made between 2,200 and 3,600 years ago has been sold despite protests by the Chinese government.
The recently discovered bronze Tiger Ying sold at auction for £410,000, Canterbury Auction Galleries said.
China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage condemned the auction saying the relic was taken illegally from the country in the 19th Century.
Only six similar vessels were previously known to exist.
The vessel dates from the Western Zhou dynasty - 1027-771 BC - and was named the Tiger Ying because the spout and cover were each cast with models of the animal, the auctioneers said.
The vessel was found with three other later Qing dynasty bronze works of art in a home in Kent and had been given an estimated price of between £120,000 and £200,000, a Canterbury Auction Galleries spokesman said.
The Chinese government agency said it had contacted the auction house "through various channels", demanding the cancellation of the sale and telling the auction house to "abide by the spirit of international agreements and code of professional ethics, as well as respecting the cultural rights and national feelings of the Chinese people".
Hajni Elias, a Chinese art and cultural historian, said: "We cannot underestimate the wealth and sophistication of the late Zhou culture that created such an outstanding bronze vessel. Only men of high status, such as a king, his nobles and officials were able to obtain them.
"They represent some of the finest vessels and are treasured by collectors and connoisseurs worldwide."

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Our Featured Items for April 2018

Dear readers,

Please feel free to drop by our shop and check out our featured items for the month if you happen to be in the neighbourhood.

Venue: Naik Antiques and Oriental Gifts

Address: 111M, Jln SS21/37, Damansara Utama, PJ

May Naik