BEIJING, Jan. 17 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Antique Collectors Club International announced today that the first premium club that focuses on the collection of antiques and curios in Beijing has opened. Given the name China Antique Collectors Club International, or Panjiayuan Treasure Hall, the opening ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the People on January 17, 2006.
Attendees of the opening ceremony included national leaders like Xu Jialu, the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and the Chairman of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy; Abulaiti Abudurexiti, the Vice Chairman of CPPCC; and Xue Rongzhe, Chairman of New Jin Merchants Association, as well as experts and scholars from the Palace Museum and big names from the world of collectibles here in China. The ceremony also welcomed foreign experts and almost one hundred Chinese and overseas media.
Panjiayuan Treasure Hall is located on the South Road of the East Third Ring Road, and is in the central belt of the well-known Beijing Panjiayuan Culture Industries Park. With the backing of Panjiayuan Second-Hand Goods Market and the influence of Beijing Curios City, the Club will develop the collection of rare and refined articles as its core. As the best collectors club and antique dealer, the Club, to satisfy the increasing demands for collection and appreciation of rarities, has so far collected valuables worth more than one billion RMB. These include an oil painting by the prestigious painter Liu Enjun bought at a price of RMB880,000, and which was painted especially for Suntian Lizi.
Panjiayuan Treasure Hall covers an operating area of 5,000 square meters. The members' activities club is situated on the fifth and sixth floors and now starts to recruit members. With its aim to be the most premium and most environmentally-refined saloon in the capital, and in China, this chamber can function for parties or communications among members, for antique identification and auction, for article exhibition and resale, for lectures and educational seminars, and for the shooting and rebroadcast of antique-related TV programs. Floors through one to four have been made into collection shops displaying and selling antiques and artworks, with special sections exclusively or collectively for porcelain, tablets, jewelry, jade ware, odd stone, paintings and calligraphies, craftworks of bamboo, wood, teeth, horns, and more. Investment invitations have now been launched to major specialized players in China and throughout the world. To work with the most influential businesses and to create a new landmark that represents the essential components of the Panjiayuan collection culture is the vision that the club possesses.
To celebrate the opening, China Antique Collectors Club International will hold the "Exhibition and Sale of Authentic Works of 100 Contemporary Known Painters" on January 27. Collection fans may log on to http://www.pjyzbg.com for more details.
About China Antique Collectors Club International
The founding of the China Antique Collectors Club International (Panjiayuan Treasure Hall) will not only cater for collection trends, but it will also meet the state needs for the development of culture industries. Currently, Beijing Curios Town and Panjiayuan Second-Hand Goods Market are the biggest marketplaces for the exchange of old and second-hand culture articles and the most important transaction places for curios and craftworks in Beijing. During the "eleventh five-year plan" period, the city of Beijing will put forth full effort to create Panjiayuan Transaction Center for Old and Second Hand Culture Articles, on the basis of current marketplaces.
Against the present status in the artwork market, China Antique Collectors Club International (Panjiayuan Treasure Hall) retains nearly a hundred experts in fields that include paintings, calligraphies, jewelry, and antiques etc. With imported TCL identification, modern technology can guarantee the precise identification and reasonable pricing of these treasures. China Antique Collectors Club International (Panjiayuan Treasure Hall) is trying its best to become a key transaction site for curios and artworks, and to become reputed throughout China and the rest of the world.
During the opening ceremony, Song Jianwen, Chairman of Curios Committee of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce; Chen Yangqun, Director of the China Culture Industry Management Center, and Howell, President of the U.S. United Commerce Association, delivered speeches successively. Unfortunately, the up-scale collections account for only a minor percentage of the large number of curio or old article marketplaces in China and in such markets, collectors and lovers of antiques can hardly realize their goal to stow and appreciate the rare articles. Now, China Antique Collectors Club International (Panjiayuan Treasure Hall), with its premium positioning and operation mode, will be the ideal place for the upper-end collectors. Furthermore, in virtue of the industry mark Panjiayuan, this treasure saloon will show more advantages in comparison as the saloon neighbors the Panjiayuan.
In his speech, Sun Jingsheng, President of the China Antique Collectors Club International (Panjiayuan Treasure Hall), said their goal is to build the treasure saloon into the most influential center, functioning for treasure exhibitions, transactions, collections, auctions, identification and program-making. Although it is under the help of its location, in this advantageous geographical position, the treasure saloon is also expected to drive and move the whole taste and reputation of the Panjiayuan Area.