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Antiquities & Curiosities

March 08, 2014
Liang Yi Museum

Unmistakably the hub of Hong Kong’s objets d’art, it’s no surprise that local tycoon Peter Fung chose Hollywood Road to become home to his private cache of rare Chinese and European antiquities, even more so because as a young investment banker in the 1980s this was where he came to buy some of his now-invaluable key pieces. Over four decades later and at 300+ works strong, the collection represents the world's largest cumulation of Chinese antique furniture, and is for the first time on display at a sparkly new and dedicated home, the four-storey Liang Yi Museum.

The collection, so large that Liang Yi cannot display every piece at once, will be shown in rotating exhibitions – the museum’s March launch saw the opening of ‘The Ming and Qing Masterpieces: Icons of Chinese Antique Furniture’, a cross-section of pieces handcrafted from huanghuali fragrant rosewood and dark tropical zitan hardwood, and ‘Deco: Vanities in the Roaring Twenties’, a stash of gorgeously detailed and bejewelled vanity cases and necessaires from 1920s Shanghai. Also keep a look out for Fung’s assortment of European clutches, compacts and powder boxes from Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels – heavy and glittering with precious stones and exquisite detail – that date from the late 1880s through to the 1960s, and have been displayed in the past at the Palace Museum in Beijing and Goldsmiths Hall, London. Snap!

181-199 Hollywood Rd / Sheung Wan / +852 2806 8280 / 10am-6pm Tue-Sat / advance booking recommended /