The exhibition will feature masterpieces from the Mengdiexuan Collection, showcasing 3000 years of Chinese gold craftsmanship, were kindly loaned to L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific by Hong Kong-based collectors Betty Lo and Kenneth Chu and will be L’ÉCOLE’s inaugural exhibition dedicated to savoir-faire (craftsmanship).
The free-of-admission exhibition will be open to the public from March 26 to August 29, 2021 with guided tours available in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Gold pendant with flower and phoenix designs (Song to Ming Dynasty, 960-1644)
“Pursuit of intellectual exchange through academic research and sharing of appreciation with scholars and art enthusiasts alike has always been our collecting philosophy,” said Ms. Betty Lo, collector of the Mengdiexuan Collection. “We express our most sincere thanks to L’ÉCOLE and its most wonderful team led by Élise Gonnet-Pon for this opportunity and for mounting this very impressive exhibition.”
Gold belt plaques with deer designs (12th to 14th century)
Spanning three millennia, the historical masterpieces of Mengdiexuan Collection will illustrate four major techniques of goldsmithing used in ancient China: hammering and chasing; casting; wire and filigree; and granulation. While these techniques have evolved over the years, visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand the rare and exceptional craftsmanship of ancient goldsmiths.