Sunday, 25 August 2019

Experts Top Tips on Buying Antiques

Despite recent news of buyers' purchasing 'imperfect' pieces at auctions, I'm relieved that one expert is discouraging buyers from purchasing fine porcelain that have cracks and chips on them.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Tea Drinking in China

Tea drinking is an essential experience to connect with the past and the present. It’s also a great way to indulge our senses, which is what I think great art is all about.
- Shunan Teng, founder of Tea Drunk.

Sunday, 11 August 2019

The Mystery of Ancient Chinese Pottery Finally Cracked!

The mystery of a qingbai ewer (recovered from the ocean floor) is finally cracked with the help of portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF). Given the pXRF's fine detail, it would be very interesting to see what else scientists will uncover about twelfth century manufacturing in China over time :p

Sunday, 4 August 2019

10% drop in Art Sales at Sotheby's

Sotheby's cited uncertainties related to Brexit as one reason for the 10% drop in art sales in the first six months of 2019. It would be interesting to see if the art market makes a comeback when the dust finally settles :p

Sunday, 28 July 2019

A Fine 'Song Style' Yue Yao Vase For Sale

A fine 'Song Style' Yue Yao vase
H - 28 cm

Interested parties can contact me at  for further inquiries.

Chinese Symbols, Motifs and Meanings

I recently came across this informative article on Chinese symbols, motifs and meanings by Christies (in link below), and thought it'd be a useful point of reference for us all.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Yixing and Pottery

500 years ago, Yixing teapots only existed in Yixing, a city in the Jiangsu province of eastern China. Today, these exact teapots are exported worldwide. It all started when an inquisitive young man by the name of Gong Chun, decided to pick up the craft and eventually went on to start a trend of making small-sized teapots.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

A Foolish and Naive Emperor, The 'Pot of Peace' and an Invasion by The Anglo-French

I think this article serves as a good reminder of the importance of: 
  • strong and competent leadership.
  • surrounding ourselves with a loyal and competent team of advisors.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

A Guide to Chinese Ceramics Glazes

Informative write-up on ceramic glazes by Christie's (in link below).

Sunday, 9 June 2019

'Rare' 57cm Blue and White ‘Fruit and Flower Spray’ Vase Becomes the One and Only Yongzheng Blue and White Vase Sold for HK$37m at Christie’s Hong Kong

Hmm....I must admit that I was expecting this big, rare vase (in link below) to fetch more than HK37million. Could it be that bidders found this 'unusually big' vase less appealing compared to the other smaller pieces from the Yongzheng era?

Friday, 31 May 2019

Restoration Work of the First Batch of Relics at YuanMingyuan Park is Nearly Finished!

It's been years since my last visit to Beijing, but I am definitely looking forward to revisiting Yuanmingyuan Park after restoration works are completed! Apparently, restoration work of the first batch of relics - a snuff bottle, a stool, two bowls and two pieces of glazed tiles - is nearly finished :p

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Billionaire’s Secrets on How to Make a Bundle in Art

Many collectors go to an art fair with the hopes of purchasing a 'masterpiece'. As such, it comes as no surprise that many would be willing to pay an arm and a leg for a 'one of kind' piece. However, what I find particularly interesting (in article in link below) was Mr Sigg's comment about having a mere one hour to decide whether or not to spend one million dollars at an art fair these days! If what he says is indeed true, then it's safe to say that when art collectors attend an art fair, they have to:

1. know exactly what they want.
2. be prepared to spend a ton of money if they manage to find what they want.

'Once a work catches your eye, read up as much as you can about the artist and scour the Internet for past sales results on auction house websites and third party providers such as Artnet and Artprice. Check the C.V. too. The chances of appreciation in value are much better when an artist’s works have been featured in reputable galleries or acquired by major museums.'
- Uli Sigg, collector of more than 2500 pieces of Chinese contemporary art, including the likes of Ai Weiwei, Zhang Xiaogang and Zeng Fengzhi

Sunday, 19 May 2019

A Bidding War Over a Chipped Chinese Pot with No Date Mark

Chipped and no date marks. Yet, the pot in question (in link below) sold for thirty times its pre-sale estimate! With all the hype about markings and condition (of items), I must admit I was quite surprised that a pot with no mark and in poor condition attracted any attention at all, let alone sparked a bidding war. It would be interesting to see if other similar pieces will garner as much interest in future....

Sunday, 12 May 2019

A 23% Dip in Private Sales for Sotheby's....

It's worth noting that Sotheby's private sales dropped by a sizable 23% from the equivalent period in 2018. While CEO Tad Smith noted that results can vary from quarter to quarter, he expressed optimism for the coming six months due to several 'significant' private sales that closed last month. 

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I'm quite keen to see how their upcoming evening auction in New York does :p

Sunday, 5 May 2019

A Peak at An Extremely Rare and Stunning 'Nine Dragon' Lacquer Throne Fit for an 'Emperor'

It's no wonder they say this throne is fit for an 'emperor' :p The workmanship of this extremely rare 'Nine Dragon' lacquer throne dating back to the Qianlong period is just amazing!

How To Choose A Chinese Teapot by Daniel Lui

Deciding on what to collect can be tricky....and teapots are no different. Appreciate Mr Liu sharing his thoughts and insights in his article titled, 'How to Choose a Teapot.' Hope you find it helpful!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

How to Spot a Fake: Porcelain

In the article, 'How to Spot a Fake: Porcelain' (in link below), forgery expert Curtis Dowling, "If you just buy yourself a book of marks, there's a very good chance you're going know exactly what you're looking at very quickly."

While I agree that a book of marks may help me identify certain marks, I won't go so far as to say that it can definitely aid in the tedious task of authenticating a piece of porcelain.

Monday, 22 April 2019

A Fine Zisha 'Melon' Teapot With a Long Handle (Bearing Jiang Rong Mark) For Sale

A Fine Zisha 'Melon' Teapot With a Long Handle.
Jiang Rong Mark

Interested parties can contact May at for further inquiries.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

How Chinese Export Porcelain Conquered the Dutch

Came across this interesting article highlighting how Dutch merchants opened up the market for Chinese porcelain in Europe. Enjoy!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Yixing Pottery

Just thought all the teapot lovers here might enjoy this write-up on Yixing ware by Christie's:p Enjoy!

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Our First Apperance at Atria's Weekend Bazaar!

I'm so excited about participating in my neighborhood mall's weekend bazaar for the first time:p Please feel free 2 drop by and say hi if you happen 2 be in or around Atria Shopping Mall btw 10.30am - 9pm on 16th March 2019 (Sat). Please refer to the link below for the location of the mall. Cheers and hope to see you there!


Sunday, 10 March 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Porcelain Vase Shapes

Personally found the article on porcelain vase shapes (in link below) to be a useful point of reference for porcelain collectors, new and experienced alikeEnjoy!

Sunday, 3 March 2019

The History of Jade : The Emperor's Stone

Kudos to Visual Capitalist for making this 3-part article on jade an enjoyable read :p

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Collecting Guide: Chinese Archaic Bronzes

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share the write-up (in link below) on Chinese archaic bronzes. Hope you find it helpful:)


Thursday, 21 February 2019

Another Exciting Day at Ecurve's Weekend Bazaar!

Looking forward to another exciting day @ Ecurve's bazaar in Mutiara Damansara 
Date : 23rd Feb 2019 (Saturday)
Time : 10.30am - 9pm
Location : Ground floor (Opposite Tony Romas)

Please feel free to drop by and say hi if you happen to be in or around the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

X-Ray “Gun” Identifies A Shipwreck’s 800-Year-Old Knockoff Ceramics

While you can take a ceramic out of a kiln site, you can’t take a kiln site out of a ceramic. Not surprised that the highest-caliber porcelains tended to hail from Jingdezhen, which also happens to be home of the OG qingbai porcelain.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

China Focus: Revival of Porcelain Capital

Sounds like exciting times ahead for Jingdezhen! Looking forward to seeing the new changes when I revisit :p

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Reflections of Life In Ancient Times

'Reflections of Life in Ancient Times' - an easy and interesting read about the history and various roles of bronze mirrors in Chinese history.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Demystifying Chinese Reign Marks — Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Reign marks are by no means an indicator of the age of a particular porcelain piece. However, identifying these reign marks can definitely help us pinpoint when such a piece was FIRST made. I hope you find the article (in the link below) useful.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

The Art of Clay Teapots

I thought I'd share this informative article on Chinese clay teapots titled 'The Art of Clay Teapots' (in link below). Looking forward to learning more about tea & teapots via our future tea tasting sessions:) Stay tuned for updates!