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Buying Art in Hong Kong

Hong-Kong-Art

Hong-Kong-Art

Book that cheap flight to Hong Kong now because this is the time to buy art. The stakes are high, the high-rollers all come in for the massive art auctions taking place this Spring.  The electricity is on too, from the moment you walk into the annual spring sale, there is a palpable tension,  even for Hong Kong. Money, beauty and power mingle; paddles flash as Song dynasty bowls and Ming vases go under the gavel for millions of dollars.

In May, all eyes at the Sotheby’s auction will be on a simple, small, luminous celadon brush-washing bowl from the Northern Song dynasty that was last on the market 35 years ago. Only five imperial pieces from this era around 1,000 years ago remain in private hands; this one is expected to bring about $10 million.

auction fun

auction fun

But the auctions, which run  every spring and fall, are just one aspect of the  ever-growing art scene here. Thanks to committed collectors and the museums and galleries they support, Hong Kong has become the best place in the world for ordinary art lovers to learn about Chinese works, from the broad sweep of the dynasties to the nuances of technique that distinguish one kiln from another.

you got 10 million?

you got 10 million?

Wealthy Americans and Europeans have been going for years to scour out the last remaining Chinese antiquities from auctions with collectors like Steve Wynn setting records for prices, bidding up values and coaxing more antiquities out of private drawing rooms, and from across the border from mainland China, which is illegal. The People’s Republic forbids the export of any artworks made before 1911.

Just last fall an early Ming vase sold for a record $22.6 million at the Sotheby’s sale. Steve Wynn paid $10 million for a simple but vivid raspberry-patterned vase at Christie’s.

If you book a flight to Hong Kong this spring, the auctions are free to anyone and must not be missed. Not only will you see museum-quality art, you’ll rub shoulders with some of the world’s most powerful and most influential people and watch the way more than 20,000 aficionados converge to admire and to bid.

rich and famous

rich and famous

“It’s here you’ll see the rarest and finest pieces, often coming onto the market for the first time in years,” said J. J. Lally, a New York-based dealer of Chinese antiquities, who has been going to the Hong Kong auctions for more than 35 years. “Even if you’re not buying anything, everybody flocks to Hong Kong to see and hold new things.”

Which is why you should book your hong kong flight now!

Imagine being able to touch and maybe even hold objects that were once used by an emperor.

ming dynasty emperor

ming dynasty emperor

If you don’t fly to Hong Kong during the sales, however, there are plenty of other ways to immerse yourself in Chinese art. The best place to start is the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Just across Victoria Harbor from the main island, this museum has become a nexus of the mainland government’s efforts to showcase traditional Chinese culture. Each new bequest expands its collection — now more than 15,000 items — which represents every major era and style of ceramics, from the earliest Neolithic urns to the final flowering of the Qing dynasty. Each piece is displayed in historical context, illustrating its place in a continuous narrative that tells us something about how people once lived and worked, and the beliefs they held.

hong-kong-art-museum

hong-kong-art-museum

Across the room, a richly detailed 18th-century urn with Chinese designs and European enamels could be a one-piece history lesson on the encounter with the West and the not-so-new global supply chain.

chinese art

chinese art

Get out, head up Hollywood Road, winding uphill about a half-mile between the Central and Sheung Wan districts, is home to dozens of antiques shops. Tightly jammed together and sprawling upward into three and four floors, these paneled, musty dens can be treasure houses, embracing everything from ancient funerary urns to terra cottas still dusty from the packing crate.

But unlike the auction houses, these pieces can sometimes be fakes. Clever fakes can fool even experts, and there is a brisk industry producing them for sale to the unwary. If you’re planning a flight to hong kong to purchase art, it’s a good idea to meet with an expert and have them guide you through it.

hollywood-road-hong-kong

hollywood-road-hong-kong

Among the Hollywood Road galleries, these are mentioned by Chinese antiquities experts as especially well-informed, welcoming and trustworthy: Joyce Gallery and Tai Sing Fine Antiques. Do not be intimidated by the buzzer entries, the private club vibe or the scowling older relative parked inside the entrance of more than a few shops. Informed questions about provenance or the validity of certain testing practices will often qualify an unfamiliar buyer as a fellow art lover.

musem

musem

Enthusiastic local art patrons have left their mark in a number of smaller museums. The Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is celebrating the Year of the Dragon by convening more than 200 dragons of fortune, wisdom or imperial authority. Most of these rare works came from private donors, some of them from the reclusive, secretive Min Chiu Society, which has played a key role in preserving classical art.

K. S. Lo Gallery

K. S. Lo Gallery

Finally, peek in to the K. S. Lo Gallery next door, where you will find seals that have been used to arrange marriages, buy estates and cast spells, offering another glimpse into a culture that believed the human touch on a piece of clay could give it the power to change lives. Every detail of the building inside and out, is perfection.

The auctions are held every spring and fall at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai). Book your cheap flight to Hong Kong now.

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