Blue and white porcelain jar, now mounted as a lamp with custom base. Double Phoenix motif. 19th/early 20th century. Purchased in Hong Kong in the 1990s.
A native of Brazil now based in San Francisco, acclaimed interior designer Antonio Martins has an uncommonly global vision. He started his career in Switzerland, where he acquired an appreciation for European design. From there he moved to Venice, then Frankfurt. In the early 1990s, he relocated to Hong Kong, where he lived for 11 years, immersed himself in Asian arts and cultures, and developed a passion for Chinese furniture, Shan sculpture from Thailand, and Indonesian textiles.