Miniature cognac bottle collector

Man's Chan with his miniature bottles. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Man's Chan seems to like collecting titles as much as he likes collecting cognac. He has about 14,000 miniature bottles - about 90 per cent of which are cognac, with the rest armagnac and single malt whisky - and 1,020 larger ones he's accumulated since 1985.

Friday, 29 March, 2013, 10:32am

Akeed Mofeed no Collection, but doesn't have to be

Akeed Mofeed

And so we have the BMW Hong Kong Derby favourite we had been expecting since September, and a worthy one, but Akeed Mofeed's ascension to the throne of expectation tells us much about this year's classic.

6 Mar 2013 - 3:38am

Antiques collector sets up museum to show traditional houses and furniture

The entrance to the museum. Photo: Jonathan Browning

Zhao Wenlong sees himself as a man with a mission, a guardian of cultural heritage. Which is how he came to convert a one-hectare site outside Shanghai into a showcase of antique furniture and traditional buildings that he has acquired over the years.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:24pm

Cover with rare Chinese stamp to fetch HK$6m

A specialist at Spink China holds up a cover bearing a rare stamp depicting the Peking Hall of Classics, inverted by mistake. Thanks to this printing error, the item is expected to fetch up to HK$6 million when it is offered for sale at Spink's auction of Chinese, Hong Kong and Burmese coins and stamps in Wan Chai this weekend. Photo: Dickson Lee

A cover with a rare $2 stamp on it is expected to fetch up to HK$6 million in an auction this Sunday.

The Chinese stamp is one of only 50 issued with an image of the Peking Hall of Classics mistakenly inverted.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Arlene Wagner displays best of her 7,000 nutcrackers at Tsuen Wan Plaza

Former dance teacher Arlene Wagner, 87, has brought 75 nutcrackers from her collection to Hong Kong for their Asia debut. Photo: Dickson Lee

When people ask Arlene Wagner how she came to collect 7,000 nutcrackers from around the world, she replies: "I guess we were just nuts!"

Nutcrackers, because of their highly practical use, their whimsical designs and intricate craftsmanship, chronicle the history of the Western world, and captured Wagner's imagination.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:20am

Stoneware lights up sale

The Spring 2012 sales by leading auction house Bonhams this week offer a treasure chest of valuable Chinese and contemporary Asian paintings, and other artworks. Also on sale will be exquisite jewellery and watches, and fine wines, whisky and Cognac. A highlight of the sales is a special array of Yixing stoneware and scholars' objects from a number of private collections.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am


Who started it? Known as the 'king of sequins', Ashish Gupta burst onto the international fashion scene when he showed his eponymous collection at London Fashion Week in 2004. Born in Delhi, India, Gupta moved to London to attend Middlesex University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in fashion design.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Government ignores advice to set up museums board

The government is unlikely to take its advisers' recommendations to set up a statutory board that will take over management of public museums from bureaucrats and overhaul museums policy.

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing told lawmakers at the home affairs panel yesterday that establishing an independent board would be a big move that needed careful consideration.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Locals show colour of money for colourful fashion collection

People might not have as much money as they used to, but presented with limited-edition in-demand sale items, Hongkongers surely will find a way to buy, buy, buy. That's what the two local H&M flagship stores in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui experienced last Thursday when their hyped-up Matthew Williamson for H&M collection went on sale.

28 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

The metro

Dear Carrie,

I was flipping through a trashy magazine at my dentist's office recently and I chanced upon a blurb about a Sex and the City movie sequel, and I got to thinking about all the insane trends you and your three women friends pushed to the fashion mainstream. And I couldn't help but wonder: haven't we had enough yet?

23 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Paintbox palette

Kate Spade signals the new season with vibrant splashes of colour inspired by the promise of travel that the collections are named after. Shoes and bags in the Miramar and Bollywood collections come in acid-dyed fluorescents, the Lima series gets a pop art makeover, and the elegant Tarrytown carry-all bags pop up in a rainbow of colours.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Private ire

He has an impressive collection of antiques - about 1,000 pieces of prized porcelain and Ming and Qing furniture. But when Beijing businessman Ma Weidu tried to set up a museum in the early 1990s to display his acquisitions, his application was repeatedly snubbed by the city's cultural heritage officials. 'Each time I was told, 'it's impossible. How can an individual set up a museum?

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Mega-museum idea comes under attack

Critics yesterday attacked the government's mega-museum proposal for the West Kowloon Cultural District, saying it would cut across the functions of existing museums.

The new cultural institution, which government advisers refer to as 'M+', has been proposed to replace an initial idea to build four museums with distinct themes.

7 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

The Waiting Game

IMAGINE THIS SCENARIO: a group of well-dressed executives are clustered around a conference table at the immaculate headquarters of a major fashion brand in Paris or Milan. In the middle of the table is a prototype of a new bag/boot/skirt/coat. It is exquisitely made and exorbitantly priced.

1 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Olympic equestrian events

A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines

Hong Kong's going to host the Olympic equestrian event. That's something to do with prancing horses and posh riders, right?

10 Jul 2005 - 12:00am