Qual­ity Time

The ninth In­ter­na­tional An­tiques Fair hosts more than 70 deal­ers and spe­cial­ists

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus | International Antiques Fair -

Ex­hibitors from more than 15 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries will take part in the In­ter­na­tional An­tiques Fair at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from May 28 to 31. Now in its ninth edi­tion, the fair is ex­pand­ing and is open to all spe­cial­i­ties in the an­tiques field, with more than 70 deal­ers and ex­perts ex­hibit­ing a range of col­lectibles, from sculp­tures to fur­ni­ture. The theme of the four-day event is “Qual­ity and Ex­cel­lence in Western and Ori­en­tal An­tiques.”

Founded by Hong Kong-based Asian arts and an­tiques ex­perts Wil­liam and Priscilla Chak, and man­aged by their son Ron­ald, the fair has es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion as the most im­por­tant an­tiques show in Asia. This year, it will be dis­play­ing items from Hong Kong, Main­land China, Tai­wan, Nepal, Ja­pan, Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, Swe­den, Bel­gium, Italy, France, the UK, Canada and the US.

Pres­ti­gious French and other for­eign an­tiques deal­ers will in­clude Val­lois, Chade­laud, Jac­ques Bar­rère, Per­rin An­ti­quaires and Jeanclaude Vrain. Sev­eral deal­ers have de­cided to join forces and present a se­lec­tion of ob­jects from their gal­leries. For ex­am­ple, “Les Pav­il­lons” will show­case works from Pascal Lans­berg and Galerie Mer­moz, among oth­ers.

A strict vet­ting com­mit­tee com­pris­ing renowned in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sion­als will be work­ing with ex­hibitors to en­sure the best se­lec­tion of art and an­tiques for col­lec­tors and ama­teurs alike. Chris­tian Dey­dier, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Syn­di­cat Na­tional des An­ti­quaires and the Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires, will be adding his ex­per­tise. As a re­searcher and scholar, as well as a dealer, Dey­dier owes his renown in schol­arly cir­cles to his work on Chi­nese bronzes and gold­ware.

In ad­di­tion, the fair will pro­vide lec­tures to en­cour­age new buy­ers to learn more about Chi­nese and Western cul­tures, which will also serve to pro­vide in­ter­est­ing back­ground knowl­edge to the col­lec­tion of an­tiques.

Pieces on show at the fair will in­clude an 18th­cen­tury soap­stone fig­ure of Tang Ying, one of the first im­pe­rial ad­min­is­tra­tors at the court of China; a beau­ti­ful mar­quetry desk with a draw­ing in­spired by the work of Jean Bérain the El­der, from Galerie Per­rin An­ti­quaires; a Mathurin Moreau white mar­ble statue of young cou­ple Paul and Vir­ginie, he­roes of a book writ­ten in 1787 by Jac­ques-henri Bernardin de Saint­pierre, from Galerie Chade­laud; and a and blue glazed earth­en­ware statue of a Tang dy­nasty court lady, from Galerie Chris­tian Dey­dier.

The fair, which has been se­lected as an as­so­ci­ated pro­ject of Le French May, will also hold an in­au­gu­ral char­ity event in sup­port of non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

in­tri­cate trea­sures From left: An 18th-cen­tury soap­stone fig­ure of Tang Ying; a mar­ble ren­der­ing of a young cou­ple from a 1787 book by Jac­ques-henri Bernardin de Saint-pierre; and an earth­en­ware statue of a court lady from the Tang dy­nasty

Key fig­ures From left: Chris­tian Dey­dier and Ron­ald Chak

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