Thurs 4 – Sun 7 September 2014, 11am – 7pm
Artspace @ 222
222 Queen Street #02-03, Singapore 188550.
KUALA LUMPUR FULL VIEWING
Opening Wed 10 September 2014, 8pm
Viewing runs till Sat 20 September 2014, 11am – 7pm daily
LG1-1, SENI Mont’ Kiara, 2a Changkat Duta Kiara, Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sun 21 September 2014, 1pm
Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
1A, Jalan Bukit Kiara 1, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
UNLOCKING THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
By Sarah Abu Bakar
Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers present a special auction in conjunction with Malaysia Day titled A Legacy: An Auction In Celebration of Malaysia Day which takes place on Sunday 21 September 2014 at Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. On offer are eclectic arrays of cultural artifacts and artworks ranging from Straits Chinese ceramics and the heritage arms Keris representing Malay sovereignty from the Nusantara archipelago to paintings in oil and watercolour by Malaysian and Asian artists as well as Chinese ink calligraphy and literati paintings. The diverse ensemble of collectibles reflecting the nation’s pluralistic landscape provides an opportunity for discerning collectors to explore unchartered possibilities of this trove in search of surprising treasures.
A special feature in this sale is the Straits Chinese ceramics, vividly hued over glaze polychrome enamelled porcelain identifiable to the Straits Chinese – a community of assimilated cultures between Chinese, Malay and later European since the 18th century in Penang, Malacca and Singapore also known as Chinese Peranakan or Baba and Nyonya – whose tableware is the quintessence of the Peranakan eclectic elegance. On offer are sets of Famille rose pink and white, green and turquoise-ground porcelains from the late 19th to early 20th century adorning Nyonya motifs of phoenix and peony flowers symbolic of nuptial bliss, wealth and honour. The scalloped and gilt rim on bowls, saucers and cups featured in the ceramics symbolise the aesthetics while the beautifully enamelled joss stick holder and kamcheng are items of significance to the Straits Chinese.
Under the limelight is an ensemble of Keris which displays the intricacy and expertise of masterful craftsmanship, finely handcrafted in wealth of materials such as ivory; chendana wood; and silver and bronze grit inlaid with precious stones. Among the historical Keris on offer are from the 12th to 13th century Modjopahit Java; 15th century (or earlier) Java; 15th century Bali; 14th to 15th century Madura and more, providing discerning collectors an opportunity to preserve a part of the region’s history.
Over 140 artworks featuring pioneering Nanyang artists such as Yong Mun Sen; Khaw Sia; Kuo Ju Ping; Tan Choon Ghee; and the sons of Father of Batik Art – Chuah Seow Keng and Chuah Siew Kek inheriting Chuah Thean Teng’s legacy – can be found alongside established names like AJ Rahman; Jehan Chan; Hassan Djaafar; Keng Seng Choo; and Lye Yau Fatt as well as underrated talents Johari Alias; Alex Leong; Rohaizad; Wah Peng and more are set to go under the hammer.
Discover the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy and ink painting also known as guóhuà, a tradition developed in over since its beginning in 4000 B.C. Themes depicting misty landscape, flower-andbird, folk art, animals representing prosperity, bamboo trees, blossom flowers and tropical nature are among the subject matters illustrated in ink on rice paper mounted on scroll. Well established Chinese ink painters and calligraphers such as Liu Haisu, Xu Beihong, Zhou Shao’Ang, Liu Taixi, Qi Fang, and Zhao Wenxian to name a few are featured in this collection.
A gold mine for discerning collectors of antiques and fine paintings, A Legacy promotes the heritage of collecting for the betterment of the generations to come in preserving historical artifacts and the conservation of history.
For more details, please contact Chris Tay at 016 298 0852 or visit www.hbart.com.my