OLD TIBETAN SILVER BOWL '8 BUDDHIST SYMBOLS'
RICE FIELD GRAPHIC 4
BORNEO BEADED WORK
SIAM ANTIQUE SILVER BOWL "BUDDHA"
AGATHE, MALACHITE & AFGHANI GOLD TWISTER BRACELET
IVORY & SUASSA CIGARETTE HOLDER “DRAGON”
SIAMESE ANTIQUE UMBRELLA FINIAL
SIAM ANTIQUE SILVER PUMPKIN BOX
ANTIQUE CAMBODIA LACQUER BOX
LARGE ANTIQUE SILVER & ENAMEL OPIUM BOX
2 LIME BOXES HORN BATAK
SOUTH INDIA DOUBLE MASK ANTIQUE SILVER BRACELET
MAZE
HIMALAYAN ARUNACHAL PRADESH ANTIQUE MASK OF APA
LEMON QUARTZ & GOLD RING
BANYUMAS BATIK. BREAST CLOTH KEMBEN
BURMA ANTIQUE BLACK & RED LACQUER SEEDS BASKET
1940's WAYANG GOLEK EGYPT GOVERNOR
ACEH TWO GADROONS OLD SMALL BOXES
ANTIQUE IVORY KRIS HANDLE JAWADENAM
AQUA MARINE SILVER & GOLD RING
UNUSUAL FLAT ANTIQUE SILVER OPIUM BOX
PERANAKAN VERY GOOD INTANS EARRINGS
ANTIQUE BURMA COWRYSHELLS LEGGED BOWL
LAOS BEADED SARONG
BURMA ANTIQUE SILVER SHAN LIME BOX
PHILIPPINES IFUGAO ANTIQUE RICE BOX
CHINA ANTIQUE AMBER MANDARIN PENDANT
SILVER & CORAL ANTIQUE TIBETAN FLINT
CENTRAL ASIA BEADED BAG
PYU GOLD BUDDHA & DISCIPLES SIGNET RING
OLD BURMA MEDIUM OWL BOX
HIMALAYAN PRIMITIVE SHAMANIC ANTIQUE MASK
LARGE BURMESE ANTIQUE SILVER WEDDING BOX
RICE TERRACES
BATAK CEREMONIAL BEADED TEXTILE
BLACK CORAL CIGARETTE HOLDER “SWANN”
ANTIQUE SILVER DOUBLE DRAGON BRACELET
1940's WAYANG GOLEK HANDSOME PRINCE
LAMPUNG ANTIQUE SILVER & CHALCEDONY NECKLACE
ANTIQUE SIAM MINIATURE COMPLETE BETEL SET
BLACK SPINNEL  DANGLING DAMIER EARRINGS
ANTIQUE JAPAN COMB & KOGAI
INDIA ANTIQUE DIAM/ ENAMEL GOLD RING
BATAK WEDDING HEAD CLOTH
ANTIQUE BATAK BUFFALO HORN MEDICINE CONTAINER
HIMALAYAN TIBET ANTIQUE MASK OF MAHAKALA
TIBETAN DZAWOOD & SILVER BOWL
AYUTHIA ANTIQUE BRONZE MEDITATING BUDDHA
SIAM CHINESE ANTIQUE SILVER BOX VINE
SINGAPORE TREE
1940's WAYANG GOLEK JAVANESE LADY
LAOS SILK RED PAR SABAI
ASHA
GOLDEN TRIANGLE 5 ROWS ANTIQUE SILVER TORQUE
BALI
HORN & GOLD BANDRING
BURMESE BRONZE OPIUM WEIGHT SET OF 4 DUCKS
TIMOR ANTIQUE SILVER SMALL BRACELET
SILVER & TURQUOISE ANTIQUE TIBETAN FLINT
OLD JAPANESE PHOTO ALBUM
SUMATRA ACEH ANTIQUE SILVER BANGLE
PHANGNGA BAY
GREEN SAPPHIRE SILVER & GOLD RING
CAMBODIAN SILK LONG HIPWRAPPER
ANTIQUE SILVER OPIUM BOX with FRENCH COINS
SAPNA
LAMPUNG OLD BEADED BOX
BURMA ANTIQUE SILVER TORQUE NECKLACE
AMBER & AFGHANI GOLD BRACELET
JINGHPAW TRIBE ANTIQUE SILVER & ENAMEL BRACELET
GOLD & NATURAL GREY SAPPHIRE RING
SIAM AYUTHIA KINGDOM ANTIQUE WOODEN BUDDHA
CAMBODIA OLD SILVER LARGE RECTANGULAR BOX
BALI PADDY FIELD 1
CIREBON OLD MASK -TOPENG- OF RUMYANG
HELIODOR & SILVER RING
SUMBA LARGE SIMPLE TURTLE SHELL COMB
GADDANG SQUARISH BELT HANGING POUCH
GOLDEN TRIANGLE KAREN ANTIQUE SILVER BRACELET
ANCIENT GOLD KHMER EARRINGS
SMALL ANTIQUE SILVER OPIUM BOX with CHAIN
ANTIQUE SIAM LACQUER TUMBLER
SUMATRA ANTIQUE GOLD & GARNET NECKLACE
PERANAKAN PAIR OF ANTIQUE SILVER BOXES
SARAWAK SUPPLEMENTARY WEFT SKIRT
BOND'S ROCK
MINIATURE EBONY WOOD & SILVER OPIUM BOX
TANZANITE & PENDANT PEACOCK SILVER NECKLACE
ANTIQUE BATAK BAMBOO RICE WINE CONTAINER
LOMBOK ISLAND OLD MASK OF PEDANDA
PURPLE JADE & AGATHE NECKLACE
CELEBES ANTIQUE SILVER SWORD WITH RUBIES
CENTRAL ASIA ANTIQUE SILVER  BRACELET
UNUSUAL ANTIQUE WOODEN MONEY BOX
PERIDOT & SILVER MUTIROWS NECKLACE
BELANDA INDONESIA ANTIQUE SILVER  PAIR OF SMALL DISHES
PAIR OF ANTIQUE SILVER GILTED WEDDING BOWLS
SAVU ISLAND CEREMONIAL IKAT TEXTILE
SILVER & TURQUOISE TIBETAN FLINT WITH DEERS
CLIFF & SEA
ANTIQUE BATAK LIME BOX BAMBOO
ANTIQUE SILVER INDIA SUN RING
CENTRAL BURMA LACQUER OFFERING BOX
PERANAKAN ANTIQUE SILVER PAIR OF BOLSTER ENDS
LAOS OLD LONG SILK SHAWL OCHRE TONES
KHMER BUDDHA SILVER
LISU TRIBE ANTIQUE SILVER BRACELET
TORAJA ANTIQUE SWORD SILVER GILT
1940's WAYANG GOLEK KALA FIGURE
BURMA ANTIQUE SILVER SILK CLOTH LIME BOX
LAOS SILK MUDMEE SIN MII TAI
MADJAPAHIT BRONZE FIGURE
YUNNAN 2 DRAGONS ANTIQUE SILVER TORQUE
CIREBON OLD MASK "TOPENG" OF BONDRES
BLAST OF WIND
SIAM CHINESE ANTIQUE SILVER BOX CRANES
TURKOMAN PAIR OF ANTIQUE SILVER & CORNELIAN BRACELETS
VINTAGE BURMA RABBITS SILK CLOTH BOX
CAMBODIAN DOUBLE LOTUS BUD ANTIQUE SILVER BRACELET
TIMOR BAG
TIBETAN PAIR OF BRONZE MUSICIAN LAMAS
ANTIQUE SILVER OPIUM BOX with VICTORIAN COINS
SILVER, CORAL, TURQUOISE & CORNELIAN TIBETAN PIPE
LOMBOK OLD WOODEN BETEL BOX
PEARLS & DIAMONDS STAR EARRINGS
PAPUA ANTIQUE WOODEN PILLOW HEADREST
SIAM CHINESE ANTIQUE SILVER BOX 4 SEASONS
SUMBA BLOND HORN WEAVING IMPLEMENTS
LOMBOK OLD MASK –TOPENG PENASAR-
PERANAKAN PAIR OF ANTIQUE SILVER BETELNUT BOXES
LAVENDER JADE TIGER HEAD STUD EARRINGS
SOLID SILVER ANTIQUE TIBETAN MANDALA
TIBETAN OLD GOLDEN BRONZE DANCING DEITY
SUMBA HORN ROYAL DRINKING VESSEL

GILDED DREAMS by Nelson Lim


Available at Mata-Hari Antiques

13 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069693

Soft Cover. 104 color pages. S$20

Press Release

Published on 20 October 2015

Gilded Dreams

A Collection of Peranakan Chinese Bed Ornaments

Nelson Lim

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.

The Author

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.


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