Peranakan treasures snapped up


Visitors admiring the antiques on display.

A FAMILLE rose brown Nyonya teapot was among 53 lots of items that went under the hammer during the Straits Chinese Antique Auction in Penang.

Although the iron reign mark on the teapot was unclear, it was said to have been made between 1871 and 1908 under the reign of Emperor Guangxu during the Qing Dynasty.

With a starting price of RM3,200, the teapot went to the highest bidder at RM4,800 during the auction held at the State Chinese (Penang) Association in Perak Road recently.

The auctioned items belonged to the association.

Its president Datuk Tan Gin Soon said: “Each piece of art has its own story to tell and it showcases Peranakan culture at its best”.

A man bidding for an item at the Straits Chinese Antique Auction held at the State Chinese (Penang) Association in Perak Road.
A man bidding for an item at the Straits Chinese Antique Auction held at the State Chinese (Penang) Association in Perak Road.

Another antique teapot which garnered the interest of collectors was a famille rose phoenix Nyonya teapot believed to have been made during the late 19th century.

It went to hotelier and Seven Terraces Penang owner Christopher Ong, who outbid the others with RM4,800. The starting price was RM4,000.

He also bought six famille rose phoenix white base dishes and a combination of eight white base Nyonya porcelain items, among others.

“I love to decorate my hotels and restaurant with Peranakan antiques and items,” he said.

“Sometimes, we also use high quality porcelain from China during wedding functions at our Kebaya Dining Room restaurant in Stewart Lane.

“It is great to see local participants at this auction.”

A visitor looking at the famille rose phoenix Nyonya teapot (right) and the famille rose brown Nyonya teapot.
A visitor looking at the famille rose phoenix Nyonya teapot (right) and the famille rose brown Nyonya teapot.

Ong said he had taken part in several auctions around the world.

He is a sixth-generation Peranakan in Penang.

MNP Auctioneers (Central) Sdn Bhd managing director Stephen Soon said response to the event was encouraging with more than 70% of the 53 lots auctioned off.

Penang Antique Collectors Association chairman Ch’ng Huck Theng said the event enabled the public to understand the value of antique collectables.

Ch’ng adding that the Peranakan antiques were part of the history and culture of Penang.


   

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