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“Art Treasures Gallery lives up to its name – it’s one of Hollywood Road’s standouts.” says Hong Kong local expert Ed Peters.
Antique Shops: Genuine antique Chinese furniture, antique artifacts and Chinese architectural relics are Art Treasures Gallery speciality. Located in Hong Kong and Macau with a large Chinese antiques warehouse in Zhuhai, southern China, Art Treasures Gallery is a Hong Kong antiques dealer and restorer of classical and provincial antique Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Chinese antiques are Art Treasures Gallery’s passion. The owners have been collecting, storing and restoring genuine antique Chinese furniture, artifacts and antique Chinese architectural relics since 1987. The selection is extensive even by the high standards of Hollywood Road, and many customers have been coming back here for years.
Art & Antiques All Along Hollywood Road
HK Magazine issue 748, 12 September 2008
Art Treasures Gallery
Specializing in antique Chinese furniture, Chinese antique artifacts and antique Chinese architectural relics, Art Treasures Gallery has locations in Hong Kong, Macao and a large Chinese antiques warehouse in Southern China.
This respected dealer in classical and provincial antique Chinese furniture from the Ming and Quing dynasties has on-site professional restorers using traditional methods and materials to clean, restore, and refinish your purchases. Guarantees of authentic are available.
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Antique hunting in China is no longer just of the intrepid by Alexandra A. Seno
IHT – 04 June 2004
Pam Shaw and her small but determined group left Hong Kong on a mission. After a few hours on a ferry, they arrived in Zhaoqing, in southern China, just before lunch. After checking into a hotel and a quick meal, they drove several more minutes past farmland and rugged rural countryside to reach their destination: an antiques warehouse.
Once they were past the doors of what had once been a traditional temple, they began to explore, inspecting thousands of antique objects.
Shopping for antiques in China like this used to be only for the brave or the extremely well-connected. But thanks to a growing number of reliable, organized shopping tours, more and more foreign residents in Hong Kong are making the trip to the mainland to buy Chinese antiques.
For several hundred U.S. dollars, Shaw bought a 5-foot-high Qing dynasty poet’s cabinet for her son to celebrate the completion of his PhD at the University of California in Los Angeles later this year. On the front, the black calligraphy on the red lacquer translates roughly to: ”Only things of intellectual value should enter.”
”I could see it in his study,” said Shaw. ”I thought it was wonderful and how appropriate it was as a gift for him.”
For Shaw, an American artist who moved to Hong Kong with her engineer husband more than a year ago, one of the benefits of living in Hong Kong is the proximity to China and its myriad shopping possibilities.
Sure, you can buy anything in Hong Kong and there is no shortage of Chinese antiques, but the ease of travel into China enhances the pleasure of buying.
Decades ago, one of the most exciting things to do in Hong Kong was to go to the New Territories on the very edge of the British colony to gaze at China, a closed, vaguely mysterious Communist country, about 100 meters across the Shenzhen River. With Hong Kong now enveloped in a China that is becoming more open by the day, that old thrill seems almost unthinkable.
Every day, tens of thousands of people easily move between the city and the mainland, crossing the walkway over the river or going by train, high-speed ferry, direct-service bus or plane. Many are shoppers and antique hunters looking for bargains on the mainland.
Karin Weber, a long-time Hong Kong antiques dealer who leads antiquing tours in English to Guangdong Province, said, ”I don’t like to take people who have just arrived. They don’t yet have the eye and they find everything beautiful.” Though she doesn’t turn away people and doesn’t mind giving the uninitiated a crash course in Chinese antiques appreciation, Weber believes that those who benefit most from her tours are the ones who have invested some time in learning about antiques and what they like.
”My best advice is look, look and look. Don’t rush buying Chinese antiques,” she said.
Once a month or so, Weber takes small groups to the mainland. The itinerary usually includes a quick tour of the ancient city of Zhaoqing and several hours at a warehouse and workshop containing furniture and old home accessories such as wooden baskets, lamp stands and boxes. Buyers can negotiate repairs and finishing. The night is spent at a four-star hotel and the next day is for finalizing purchases. The price of a purchase usually includes shipping and delivery to Hong Kong or elsewhere.
The warehouses on the mainland tend to carry a wider selection of antique furniture than is available in shops in Hong Kong.
William Chiang, owner of the antique shop China Art in Hong Kong, which has a warehouse in Panyu, Guangdong Province, said: ”It’s not a lot cheaper but there is more variety.” China Art has two shops that sell antique furniture and other things like posters, metal tea canisters and lamps.
Although many dealers like Chiang who have warehouses on the mainland only open them to the trade and special clients who buy in bulk; others, like Art Treasures Gallery, which is located in Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai in southern China, allow independent shoppers to visit their mainland operations. With advance notice, Art Treasures Gallery allows individuals or small groups to make their way to its antiques warehouse in Zhuhai to choose antique furniture pieces.
Other antique hunters can take advantage of historical excursions that can include stops at flea markets. Valery Garrett, a researcher in antiques at the University of Hong Kong, takes people via train, by special arrangement through the local YWCA, to Guangzhou. After a half-day walking tour of Shamien Island, the former foreign quarter, she ends the day at an antiques bazaar where shoppers can buy trinkets and Cultural Revolution bric-à-brac.
Garrett, an expert on Chinese textiles, said: ”It can seem overwhelming because the city has grown so quickly. But I hope the people who go on my trip want to go back and learn more about the place.”
Some luxury hotels in China also cater to this growing interest in antiques. Concierge services usually offer recommendations on places to visit. The Peninsula Palace Beijing, for example, offers cultural programs at its Peninsula Academy, including classes in antiques. One is an introduction to Liu-licheng Street, where many of Beijing’s dealers are located. Another is on buying furniture and includes a visit to one of Beijing’s biggest furniture restoration workshops.
Going into China to shop for antiques is often very hard work. It can mean going to warehouses on unmarked streets as well as searching through thousands of unrepaired pieces of furniture before finding something to buy.
The stories of misadventures are legion. After buying from a warehouse in Zhuhai, one couple in Hong Kong had the wrong pieces delivered to their home and the dealer refused to take the pieces back or give a refund. Another spent months sending the items back and forth, at extra expense, to get the right finishing.
Without Chinese language skills or a translator, dealing with workshops can be difficult. And there is always a risk of counterfeits and shipments arriving in bad condition, if at all.
But for many, the jaunts are often not just about shopping. ”People like the adventure of going to China and learning more about the culture,” said Weber.
[Alexandra A. Seno is a journalist based in Hong Kong.]
Art Treasures Gallery Hong Kong Review
iShopAroundTheWorld.com – the ultimate in shopping and travel – April 2003
This remains one of Hong Kong’s very best antique shops which specializes in antique porcelain, pottery, terra cotta figures, and furniture. Everything here is top quality and reflects the owner’s, Andy Ng’s, eye for quality.
While this is a small shop that primarily displays porcelain, pottery, and terra cotta figures, Art Treasures Gallery is much more than what appears in this shop. Indeed, the real surprise here is for dealers and other serious buyers who discover the shops furniture operation which is primarily found in China.
The owner and his wife, Un Wai Kio (Vickie), operate one of the largest antique furniture warehouses in Southern China. Serious buyers ask to visit the warehouse in Zhuhai (near Macau), a one-hour ferry ride from Hong Kong, where they discover an expansive 70,000-square-foot warehouse, along with several restoration / refinishing areas, staffed by over 70 workers from Northern China, with an inventory of more than 25,000 pieces of furniture, trunks, lacquered wares, carved windows and screens, and stone garden pieces.
Room after room is jam-packed to the rafters with dusty and aging antique chairs, tables, cabinets, Tibetan chests, boxes, and accessory pieces all waiting to be refurbished and shipped abroad.
Select what you want and the warehouse will work its magic in completely restoring and refinishing the pieces. It’s a fascinating operation where you can see how much of the antique furniture that appears in the many shops of Hong Kong and Macau undergoes major transformation.
Expect to spend a day visiting the interesting Pearl River Delta city of Zhuhai (great golf resort center) and the furniture warehouse. Many dealers ship container loads of furniture directly from this warehouse. Does excellent packing and shipping. Also has a separate warehouse /showroom in Macau. See their website for more details and contact information.
Many of Zhuhai’s warehouses hold purely new and therefore non authentic antiques.
However, there exist a select handful that sell genuine items that can be restored to a desired condition upon request.
One such place is the Hong Kong based Art Treasures Gallery warehouse found on the outskirts of Zhuhai. While a concise list of Zhuhai’s warehouses has been compiled, it is here that many Hong Kong buyers choose to come for quality, craftsmanship, price and diversity.
The warehouse occupies around 70,000 sq. ft and contains over 20,000 pieces of furniture. A truly vast selection of both hard and soft woods, Tibetan influenced furniture, baskets and more offbeat items such as the old late 19th Century washstands and ornate babies cribs can be found here.
The relatively quick and highly professional restoration service they offer has been praised by many and allows the buyer to first choose the original item and have it finished as they please. Travelling to the Art Treasures Gallery warehouse is usually smooth and easy. The Hong Kong branch will arrange all pick up and transportation in Zhuhai – just call them a day in advance and inform them of your ferry departure time.
Crossing the border requires obtaining a Chinese visa which can be applied for and collected at Wan Chai’s China visa office. Ferries to and from Zhuhai run every 2 hours or so from the Macau Ferry Pier in Sheung Wan and up to date schedule times are provided by the Art Treasures Gallery.
For centuries hats were a symbol of rank in Imperial Chinese society. Today collectors prize the elaborate boxes made to carry them.
Today clothes can make the man or woman, but in Imperial China a simple hat was all it took. During the Qing, or Manchu, dynasty (1644-1912), a mandarin, or civil official, had a different hat for every occasion. As the hats were fragile and difficult to store, their owners commissioned a box for each one—a sturdy custom-made, round, flat, conical, or tiered case. As often happens, the containers outlasted their contents, and over time they have taken on a value of their own. Like the flat-woven kilims that Turkish rug dealers used to wrap Oriental carpets in before sending them to Europe, the humble hatbox, once considered strictly utilitarian, has become a collector’s item.
The hatbox, like the hat itself, neatly placed its owner in the court hierarchy: The higher the rank, the better the material. The wealthiest officials might have commissioned hatboxes of carved coconut shell and inlaid lacquer, while the less wealthy ordered hatboxes of pigskin or water-buffalo leather. Regional preferences also dictated the choice of material: Boxes from the warm southern provinces were often made of camphor wood, the fragrance of which repels insects.
After the Republican Revolution of 1911 hats were suddenly anachronistic—like court dress and the queue. Then, during the Cultural Revolution of the ’60s, the possession of Manchu hats became politically dangerous—they were a signal that a family had either noble or bourgeois lineage. Many hats were destroyed, but their boxes ended up, for the most part, in the countryside storing spices and onions, or were simply left outside to disintegrate from rain and moisture.
Most of the Imperial-era hatboxes in antiques shops today probably date from around 1870 to 1911. Jon Eric Riis, a tapestry artist from Atlanta who deals in 18th- and 19th-century Chinese and Japanese textiles, has about 25 hatboxes, the earliest of which is ca. 1800. Hong Kong dealer Andy Ng has a few older examples among the roughly 500 boxes stored in his warehouse in Macau. “The newest are about one hundred years old, while the oldest are two hundred fifty,” Ng says. They range in price from around $300 for a simple leather, bamboo, or wicker one to $3,000 for gilt-decorated lacquer boxes from the 18th century.
“I’ve seen hardwood hatboxes inlaid with mother-of-pearl and precious stones, copper cases decorated with Canton enamel, and one box made entirely of tortoiseshell,” says New York dealer William Lipton. “These are quite rare and today might fetch prices as high as $10,000 to $20,000.” Lipton’s collection includes 19th-century boxes of plaited bamboo with most of the lacquer worn off, leaving a deep mahogany patina, and one unusual lacquered box with a gilt design of butterflies and peaches. But his current favorite is an austere black-lacquer cone with a trace of slightly raised gold painting. “It is an expression of craftsmanship applied to something very utilitarian,” he says. “I find it very moving because the craftsman has given so much life to something rather ordinary.”
[William Lipton Ltd, 27 East 61st Street, New York, NY; +1 212-751-8131]
[Jon Eric Riis, 875 Piedmont Avenue N.E., Atlanta, GA; +1 404-881-9847]
[Andy Ng, Art Treasures Gallery, Ground Floor, 83B Hollywood Road, Hong Kong; +852 2543-0430]
“AD (Architectural Digest) Shopping: Discovering Hong Kong”
Joanne de Guardiola – An excerpt from Architectural Digest – May 1999
Interior designer Joanne de Guardiola goes to Hong Kong for hard-to-find Asian antiques. Most of the antique shops are located along Hollywood Road and Cat Street but Guardiola also goes to Ocean Terminal in Kowloon for Asian furniture and porcelain, and Wyndham Street in Central for textiles.
“For decorative items, de Guardiola’s preferred place is Art Treasures Gallery. “Andy Ng is one of the most popular dealers in Hong Kong,” she says. “The local foreign community shops there religiously.” Ng concentrates on bronzes and pottery from the Han, Tang and Song dynasties, as well as Neolithic pieces. A rare gray figure that attracts de Guardiola’s attention is a Han Dynasty piece made between 206 B.C. and A.D. 220. “Andy gets so much joy out of what he does,” she points out. “He takes time to explain what to look for and why an object is important, and he’ll give you the piece’s entire history.”
Ng also has a 70,000-square-foot warehouse an hour-long ferry ride away in mainland China that’s brimming over with Asian furniture. If the designer is searching for something in particular, Ng will check his inventory before she makes the trek.”
[Joanne de Guardiola is an interior designer and President of Joanne de Guardiola Design Inc, 20 E 64th St, New York, NY 10021, USA. Architectural Digest’s January 2002 Special Collector’s Edition listed Joanne de Guardiola in its “AD 100 Top Interior Designers and Architects”.]
To visit Art Treasures Gallery antique Chinese furniture warehouse in Zhuhai in southern China, please call our Hong Kong office so we can can arrange transport for you from either Hong Kong or Macau and help you arrange your Peoples Republic of China (PRC) entry visas. We provide a free pick-up and drop-back to the Zhuhai ferry Terminal or the Macau border.