A RARE GIFT

DestinAsian - - UPDATE - liangy­imu­seum.com). –GABRIELLE LIP­TON

When fi­nancier Peter Fung bought his first an­tique in the 1980s, lit­tle did he imag­ine that he would spend the next three decades amass­ing Asian and Euro­pean fur­ni­ture and ob­jets d’art into a mu­seum-wor­thy collection. So goes the back­story of the Liang Yi Mu­seum, which opened in Fe­bru­ary on Hong Kong’s Hol­ly­wood Road. The first two ex­hi­bi­tions at­test to the scope of Fung’s col­lec­tions: “Ming and Qing Master­pieces: Icons of An­tique Chi­nese Fur­ni­ture” and “Shang­hainese Deco: Van­i­ties in the Roar­ing Twen­ties,” the lat­ter in­clud­ing the van­ity case pic­tured above. Rare woods and pre­cious stones re­spec­tively abound, yet the mu­seum seem­ingly ex­ists to share its wealth, not flaunt it. A non­profit en­ter­prise, it rents its ground-level space to small antiques deal­ers, while in the gal­leries above, vis­i­tors can touch and sit on the fur­ni­ture dis­played, just as their orig­i­nal own­ers might have done (

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