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Asian Art & Antiques Salon: Explore business in Art & Antiques


The interest of Chinese and European collectors in Chinese arts and antiques has been growing tremendously in recent years, and this trend is witnessed by many western arts auction houses such as the Venduehuis in The Hague. To welcome its Spring collection 2015 which takes place in the last week of April, the Venduehuis and Dragons Businessclub co-organized the Asian Art & Antiques Salon on 22 April 2015 in The Hague.

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Chinese market
The salon attracted not only frequent visitors to the Venduehuis, but also many Dragons Businessclub’s members and relations. The evening was opened by Mr. Chang Wong, host of the day and former chairman of Dragons Businessclub. Mr. Peter Meefout, managing director of the Venduehuis, shared with guests how the Venduehuis has been marketing itself in the Chinese market by multiple means such as Chinese newspaper, Chinese auction sites and promotional materials in the Chinese language. Mr. Atom Zhou, chairman of Dragons Businessclub then introduced Dragons Businessclub to the audiences and gave his gratitude to the event organizing team.

Art, culture and tradition
The vice-mayor of the Municipality of The Hague, Mr. Karsten Klein, emphasized the growing relation between China and The Hague. Seeing its international and integrated environment with a large Chinese community, The Hague has become home to many Chinese companies. From his recent trip to China, Mr. Klein noticed Chinese people’s interest in art, culture and tradition, and he believes Chinese investors will find all these elements in the city of The Hague.

Chinese porcelain
Furthermore, Mr. Peter Buurman, auctioneer of the Venduehuis and expert in Chinese porcelain, highlighted the day by telling the story of Chinese porcelain in Europe. Regardless the first documented record by Marco Polo in the 13th century, porcelain was only brought to Europe in large scale by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Since the 17th century the Dutch East India Company (VOC) started to trade porcelain from Asia back to Europe. It became so popular in Europe that pottery factories in Delft started to imitate the Chinese porcelain work and resulted in a large production of Delftware. Mr. Buurman also showed the audience the comparison between authentic Chinese porcelain and its Delft duplicate.

Guided tour
The presentation was followed by an interesting guided tour in the auction hall. The hall was filled up with classic and modern paintings, Chinese and Dutch porcelains, Asian jewellery, silver cutleries, glassware, antique furniture and designer items. Five experts from the Venduehuis, including Mr. Buurman himself, led groups of guests walk through the Spring collection, with particular emphasis on the most collectable items.
Dinner buffet was opened by Mr. Karsten Klein, Mr. Peter Meefout and Mr. Atom Zhou right after the tour. Guests enjoyed the delicious Chinese food accompanied by live Guzheng music. The evening was closed after a very pleasant lucky draw.

Our sincere gratitude goes to the Venduehuis for co-organizing this unique event. Special thanks go to our lucky draw prize sponsors, including Venduehuis, flowershop ‘Geschikt Groen Geschikt’, mobile provider ‘88 Mobile’, restaurant ‘De Gouden Wok’ and lunch restaurant ‘t Hof van Eten’.

By May Wu (pictures by Yixiao Shi)

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