GILDED DREAMS by Nelson Lim
Available at Mata-Hari Antiques
13 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069693
Soft Cover. 104 color pages. S$20
Published on 20 October 2015
A Collection of Peranakan Chinese Bed Ornaments
Published in September 2015
Peranakan Chinese bed ornaments include bolster and pillow ends, curtain hooks and hanging ornaments. They were usually used to adorn nuptial beds. They contain auspicious motifs which were influenced heavily by Chinese culture. Today, these pieces are highly sought after by collectors as they are difficult to come by.
Chinese phrases are used alongside the main English text in the book to summarise the descriptions into interesting Chinese analogies or idioms. They are not direct translations of the English text, but to provide meaningful approaches from the perspectives of the Chinese language for bilingual readers.
In conjunction with the launch of the publication, the exhibition ‘Gilded Dreams’ will be held at library@esplanade from 2 Nov to 30 Dec 2015. The exhibition will feature thirteen pairs of pillow and bolster ends. Admission is free.
Nelson Lim will also share his insights on his collections and the significances of their motifs at the book launch held at library@esplanade on 15 Nov 2015 at 3pm.
Nelson Lim is a Singaporean who manages high net worth portfolios as a manager in a local bank. He has been collecting antiques for more than 10 years and has been featured in interviews with The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, ZbBz magazine and Shin Min Daily News. This is his first book and two other forthcoming titles are Holding Up Well and Gold Standard. Gilded Dreams is kindly supported by the National Heritage Board.