Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao and Chak's Investment Limited together hosted a cocktail reception yesterday (6 April) at Residence of France for celebrating the forthcoming International Antiques Fair. Eric Berti (consul general), William Chak, Priscilla Lau, Ronald Chak, and Christian Deydier (former President of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires) welcomed over a hundred guests from different parts of the world.
"A series of events like exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, and antiques appraisals will take place throughout the Fair so to facilitate dialogues between art and antiques lovers," in his opening speech, Eric Berti brought audiences to the highlights of the Fair. William Chak articulated the mission of the Fair, "The International Antiques Fair first started in 2002. We have been working hard to facilitate cultural exchanges across Hong Kong, China, Europe, Japan, and America."
William Chak (left), Christian Deydier (right)
The Fair will be held from 26 to 30 May at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, showcasing more than 70 dealers worldwide including the most prestigious French and European ones such as Vallois, Bernard Dulon, and Galerie De Jonckheere. Both Oriental and Western antiques will be offered. However, Christian Deydier said, "I hope people do not come only to buy art pieces. More important, they can just come and enjoy art, the pleasure of art."
Eddy Li (left), Andrew Yuen (right)
Since last year, the Fair has been included in Le French May Arts Festival as an associated project for the second time. President of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, Dr. Eddy Li, BBS, JP, also gave an opening speech, “Many perceive Hong Kong as a cultural desert. We hope the Le French May can bring some flowers to Hong Kong," while Dr. Andrew Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Le French May, expressed his excitement towards the Fair.
International Antiques Fair 2017
Date: 2017/5/26 - 30
Venue: Hall 5BC, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Photos of the Cocktail Reception