Lamma Island is a lively, culturally diversified hub with a mixture of handicraft stalls and eateries, it was once a traditional fishing village. Along with other deposits that have been discovered in various locations in Hong Kong, potteries such as cooking vessels, food containers and stone tools depict a glimpse of fishing and hunting lives of ancestors.
Crown Fine Art was being selected through a public tendering process, the judging criteria included experience in museum logistics, expertise of art handling, project handling skills and pricing. Unearthed in the 1970’s, a total of nine pieces of pottery cauldron, pottery stand, pottery stem cup, and stone tool, were handled safely and securely by air-ride and air-conditioned truck for land travel, and sole use of chartered boat for sea travel, and arrived at their destination in perfect condition. At the ground floor of the Showroom building, these potteries and stone tool aged from over 4,000 B.C. to Qing Dynasty, together with video show and photos, illustrate changes in villagers’ way of life.
The three-storey Heritage & Cultural Showroom building adopts the design concept of "Reading a book on Lamma by the sea”. Its entrance is a concrete feature wall imitating a book cover with a poetry by Zhu Xi (Song dynasty) about the joy of reading, its wall facing the sea is decorated with timber slats mimicking a book spine. On July 10, 2019, the HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the HKSAR Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah and other guests officiated at the opening ceremony of the building. Small yet resourceful, the Showroom is a valuable space in preserving cultural heritage while revealing the story of Lamma Island for visitor learning.
Crown Fine Art is proud to take part in preserving and relocating these unique cultural remains. Our capability, expertise and unrivalled service are believed to be being chosen. “It was a great experience working with Hong Kong Archaeological Archives, tapping the magnificence of history”, says Tommy Chan, Director of Crown Fine Art Hong Kong & Macau. “I am thrilled to learn that Lamma Island was inhabited as early as 6,000 years ago. Getting so close to the ancient life while providing customized support to our client is an exciting experience.”