Thursday, 31 March 2011

Untold History : Lost Treasure of HRM Sir Albert Baker V

The 5th.. out of 9th lost treasures of HH Albert Baker


Is when the last chinese Emperor bestowed the 1st class Dragon medal to HH Albert Baker at Tyersall Palace, Istana Tyersall, Singapore.

The awards were consisted few rare treasures of Chinese Royal Court.. on one of which - tongkat Emas padu dlm thread Lost Majestic Treasures I

This another 'lost treasures' is amongst the award that has been vanished from history..

A pair of chair like the above are very common in Chinese noble's house for ceremonial function, wedding etc.

Normally those chairs were built in pair : 


This particular chair were located at Singapore, owned by Chinese Business men.  Thru his contact, he managed to identified the 'origin' of his chair.  

Special Design  

The Chair resemble a cantonese in design  from the late 19th to 20th century.  Probably manufactured in the Cantonese town of Shandong province.  

The early 1900's republic pieces are commonly carved with dragons' 5 claw.

On contrary, some expert found that this chair has royal provenance.

A python dragon carved at the pair of royal provenance dragon chair has 1 pair of 4 claws (instead of 5 claws).

It is strongly believed to be gifted to Sultan Abu BAkar on 10th December 1892 and the pair of ryal provenance dragon chair is classified to be Qing Dynasty's furniture instead of Republic Furniture.


Another set were later found at Royal Museum of Istana Besar Johor - thus, that would make the accounts given by Singaporean were invalid.  A pair of Provenance Dragon Chair could not be separated as it were given as 'gift' as it must come in pair.

This may led to believed, this surviving set in Singapore were the set that is stolen during the big fire which destroyed Tyersall Palace in 1905, along with other missing treasures that now emerged as auction items overseas. 

1 comment:

  1. Tanah Tyersall dan sekeping tanah berhampiran sekarang ini milik Tunku Ismail Idris