24 Sep 2017
January 2, 2014 - Filed under: History of Antiques — David

An exhibition is being held in Shanghai until 14th January that features items from 100 collectors, with a ‘folk’ theme running throughout.

The First Shanghai Citizens’ Art Festival has two main sections – The Sea of Treasures and Memories of the City. Items are varied and include antique furniture, calligraphy, paintings, old bus tickets and radios.

The public folk exhibition will be the largest in Shanghai, with more than 2,000 items showcased spanning 4,000 years of history. Over 3,000 collectors applied to be included in the festival, but the participants have to fulfil specified criteria to be invited. The collectors must be studying, working or living in Shanghai and have a collection that fits in with a specific category.

According to Wu Rongmei from the festival committee, folk collections may not always be valuable, but they reflect changes which have occurred over time, both economic and socially.

Zhao Yajuan is an antique furniture collector and has five pieces at the exhibition. Zhao collects items mainly from the Qing and Ming dynasties. She reportedly developed an interest in vintage furniture due to its constantly changing and evolving nature.

The exhibition centres on the history of various items, and sets out to examine how social and economic changes become apparent. Antiques stores in the UK have collections of furniture which have belonged to earlier generations, all with their own story to tell. Enthusiasts will discover fine pieces, including antique chests in Blackburn, each with their own piece of history.

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