Trea­sures Past from the

With a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind it, the In­ter­na­tional An­tiques Fair prom­ises to de­liver a trove of pre­cious pieces that will cap­ti­vate even the most dis­cern­ing of col­lec­tors

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The In­ter­na­tional An­tiques Fair, the big­gest an­tiques show in Asia, re­turns to the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre from May 26 to 30 for its 10th edi­tion. Founded by Asian art and an­tiques ex­perts Wil­liam and Priscilla Chak, the Hong Kong show­case has grown to fea­ture more than 70 deal­ers. Last year for the first time, pres­ti­gious French and Western deal­ers, in­clud­ing Val­lois, Galerie Bernard Du­lon and Galerie De Jon­ck­heere, joined the Chi­nese and Asian main­stays of the fair, and will do so again this year. Chris­tian Dey­dier, the for­mer pres­i­dent of the Syn­di­cat Na­tional des An­ti­quaires and the Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires in France, con­tin­ues to work closely with the or­gan­is­ers. All en­tries are sub­ject to a strict vet­ting process by a com­mit­tee of ex­perts to en­sure only an­tiques of the high­est qual­ity are ad­mit­ted to the show.

The fair will fea­ture a range of spe­cial events, in­clud­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion by the World Chi­nese Col­lec­tors As­so­ci­a­tion; spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions of Chi­nese paint­ings and Ja­panese lac­quer; the op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to have their own an­tiques ap­praised; plus a col­lec­tion of lec­tures, guided tours and tea cer­e­monies.

One of the many out­stand­ing works on dis­play will be the ink paint­ing Flow­ers, Fruits & Fish (1926) by the Shang­hai school artist Wang Zhen, also known as Wang Yit­ing. A noted cal­lig­ra­pher and pain­ter of nat­u­ral and re­li­gious sub­jects, Wang was in­flu­enced by Western art, as can be seen on this hang­ing paper scroll, which skil­fully in­te­grates the still life into tra­di­tional ink paint­ing.

An­other no­table piece, an ar­chaic bronze bell of the Eastern Zhou dy­nasty dat­ing from the fifth cen­tury BC, will be pre­sented by Galerie Chris­tian Dey­dier of Paris. Lon­don dealer San­tos has an equally wor­thy of­fer­ing, a Chi­nese porce­lain Famillerose tea bowl and saucer made for ex­port dur­ing the Yongzheng pe­riod of the early 18th cen­tury.

PRE­CIOUS RELICS From top: In­side the In­ter­na­tional An­tiques Fair 2016; a porce­lain Famille-rose tea bowl and saucer; a gilt sil­ver Bud­dha of Shakya­muni; an ink paint­ing ti­tled Flow­ers, Fruits & Fish

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