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翟健民 -骨董生意永远有得做 永远有机

  【永宝斋】翟健民William K.M.Chak骨董生意永远有得做 永远有机会
  作者:CANS艺术新闻
  William Chak of Shandong origin was born in Macau and raised in Hong Kong. Chak has been acquainted with ceramics since his childhood because his father, who was at that time quite famous in the textile business, had made some money and started collecting antiques. Due to the riots in Macau, many inhabitants had moved to Hong Kong or overseas, while the Chak’s family picked Hong Kong. Unfortunately, Chak’s father’s business in Hong Kong had deteriorated dramatically. Until Chak was 12, his father started selling his antiques collection in order to maintain their living due to illness. That was the time when Chak realized that ceramics could be profitable. Being the eldest son in the family, with three elder sisters and one younger brother, Chak took up whatever job that could make money, such as dish washing in restaurants, de-livery and other miscellaneous cleaning jobs. None of those jobs had any bearing on antiques. The turning point of Chak’s profession was that he fortuitously met Mr. Wong Ying Ho, who was at that time the manager of Tin Po Kok. Not long thereafter, Mr Wong asked Chak to join him in opening up his own antiques shop ───Fook Shing Arts Company in 1973. That was the beginning of Chak’s career in antiques.
  In the 90s, American, European and Japanese markets were dominant, hence frequent travelling to Macau, America and Europe was essential. With the recent growth of the Mainland China market, collectors from Mainland China became more active than they used to be. Wearing a "Xiaoping" style haircut and possessing a good character, Chak has built up acquaintances with many of the collectors from Mainland China and has gradually become their representative at international auction markets.
  As for his own collection, Chak says with enthusiasm "It was totally the consequence of unexpected coincidences. It started with a piece of Yuan Longquan Yao ceramic that I bought 20 years age. Longquan Yao ceramics was not the favourite genre of our collectors at that time. As a result, it became my personal collection." He proudly continues "The accumulation now has become a systematic collection of over 60 pieces. At this moment, some foreign museums are proposing to lend pieces from my collection of Longquan Yao ceramics".
  Chak and Priscilla got married in 1981 and established their own shop in 1988. In the field of Chinese antiques, female dealers are rarely seen and even more rare are couples working as partners, like Chak and Priscilla. Although their partnership is considered rare in their community, they are presumably the pioneers in the industry. Apart from porcelain and ceramics, Chak’s Company Limited also carries lots of studio artifacts, Buddhist sculptures, bamboo as well as Jade.
  Chak──as a Sit-in student in Peking University
  Chak, who has never had the opportunity to receive proper education in his life, finally had the opportunity in 1999 to enrol in the Peking University to study archaeology under Professor Quan Kuishan. Commuting by plane between Hong Kong and Beijing once a week, Chak who seldom missed any lectures believes that the learning experience could offset his academic inadequacy of appraising Chinese antiques. For example, people have always believed Cizou Yao is from the Henan province. However when Chak actually went to Handan city in the Hebei province, he realised that the illustrative techniques and the clay were better in term of quality than the others found elsewhere.
  For these few years, the economics in Hong Kong has been declining. Antiques business is hard to survive. Chak says, "Since 70s, dealers have been complaining the same, but as we can see, the antique business keeps growing. I, myself, am much more optimistic about the business. I always believe that there is still chance of successful if we are of professional standard".
  Taste Changing in Antique Market due to the active role of the Mainland China Collectors.
  The growth of the Chinese antiques market is a consequence of the increase of capitalism in the Chinese. After the establishment of the "open door policy", which was about 20 years ago, people in Mainland China began to possess more wealth, they started to invest in real estate, houses, imported cars, and then, ancient artifacts. Look back 5 years ago, it was the world of the Taiwan and Hong Kong collectors, they could generally obtain whatever pieces they desired. But now, with the penetration of the collectors from Mainland China into auction houses, the collectors of Taiwan and Hong Kong are facing great difficulty in competing against them. Nevertheless, many antique pieces are put on to auctions in China by Taiwanese and Hong Kong people since the Chinese market is now the largest market with massive potential.
  Not taking into account of the Ming Blue and White, Tang Sancai, Sung Five Yao’s pieces which represent prolonged civilisation and testimony to history, the collectors from Mainland China prefer ceramics of the Qing Dynasty simply because of their attractive appearances and affordable prices. Apparently, objects that were considered insignificant in the past such as pieces from the People’s Republic, and late Qing……etc. have somehow become the "bull’s-eye" in the antiques market due to the appeal of these collectors.
  "The collaboration of the collectors from China has greatly influenced the devotion of antiques pieces and will be the essence of the future movement of the Chinese antiques market. I believe the collectors from China will play a key role in the Chinese antiques market in the distant future." Chak concludes

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