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Collecting: antique export silver

The market for Chinese antique export silver is having a dramatic reversal of fortune. Export silver, as the name suggests, originally catered to a Western audience, and included royalty and aristocrats.

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 2:59pm

Collecting old notes and coins

"Thirty-eight hundred in the room. Four thousand on the net, 5,000, 6,000! Bid, bid, bid!" the auctioneer calls out. His voice carries that sing-song quality that all auctioneers seem to have been trained to possess but it's one in the afternoon, four hours into a rare banknotes auction and it's starting to show a slight bit of strain.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:33am

Swathed in tradition

Vera Waters knows a thing or two about cheongsams. The vibrant 77-year-old, who still keeps an astonishingly full schedule running her skincare business, owns more than 360 tailor-made cheongsams. She is the woman who museums seek out when they want to hold an exhibition on the traditional Chinese dress.

31 Jan 2013 - 11:48am

Advice for new collectors of art

Adriana Alvarez-Nichol, from Mexico, is the first art dealer in Hong Kong dedicated to Latin American art. She started the Puerta Roja gallery and is a board member of the the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. She talks about the trends she sees in local art collecting.

What encouraged you to open a gallery in Hong Kong?

14 Jan 2013 - 7:38am

Old and rare children's books

Lorence Johnston wants me to smell an old book. He tilts a hefty brown tome at least 30cm long with the binding facing away and gently flips the pages towards me. I expect a mustiness but I get a warm cigar-like smell with faint vanilla. "That's a 300-year-old book smell," he says.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Snuff bottles sure to attract attention

Bonhams is the leading international auction house for Chinese snuff bottles and another stunning selection will be sold this week.

Extraordinary results were achieved in sales of Parts I, II, III and IV of the Mary and George Bloch Collection. Every snuff bottle that was put up for auction was sold and world records were broken in 11 categories,

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Figures of fun

PEZ is famous for having a distinctive cartoon head on each of its sweet dispensers. For this week's top 10, we ask our junior reporters whose head they would put on their dispensers, if they were one of the PEZ designers

1 Confucius

If the dispenser represents Confucius, the sweets would be the words of wisdom that he dispensed every time he spoke.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet little collectibles

Sweets used to be wrapped in paper and foil. Then one day PEZ came along and changed everything.

The Austrian brand is famous for its sweet dispensers with their distinctive caps modelled after popular cartoon characters.

Flip the cap and a candy pops right out.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Spink set to stamp its name on China

Wealthy Chinese are expanding their investment horizons and looking beyond property and shares to stamps, coins, and rare banknotes, says Olivier Stocker.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rule change would stop firms hoarding land

Mainland property developers should start construction on idle sites within three months of receiving a government order, according to the latest amendments to draft rules aimed at curbing land hoarding.

The Ministry of Land and Resources on Wednesday posted revised draft restrictions - containing 34 rules yet to come into effect - on its website for public comment.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am