Golden Techniques II: Art of the Chinese Goldsmiths
Exhibition Period: From 24 February 2023 to 21 May 2023
Venue: Gallery I, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The exhibition "Golden Techniques II: Art of the Chinese Goldsmiths", co-organised by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)’s Art Museum and the Chow Tai Fook Master Studio, sheds light on three major techniques: gold and silver inlay, damascene, and the production and use of gold wire, alongside hammer-chiselling, casting and precision gold soldering. More than 60 pieces have been selected from the Art Museum of CUHK and private collections for the exhibition. It also includes several experimental restorations and early gold jewellery pieces provided by the Chow Tai Fook Master Studio, with scientific test results from the Conservation Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong. Through the perspectives of art history, archaeology, scientific testing and experimental restoration, the exhibition introduces ancient Chinese gold craftsmanship spanning 3,500 years.

Visitors can learn more at an interactive zone and watch a series of videos to get a good grasp of the goldwork techniques. In addition, gold workshops co-organised by the Art Museum of CUHK and the Chow Tai Fook Master Studio in April and May will allow the public to experience gold craftsmanship at first hand. Veteran masters of gold and jewellery from Chow Tai Fook will introduce gold craftsmanship and guide participants in making chains and gold inlays. By the end of the workshops, participants will be able to create accessories using ancient techniques. Further information about the workshops will be released via the CUHK Art Museum’s website and social platforms.

Since 2014, the Art Museum of CUHK, the Chow Tai Fook Master Studio and several other institutions have run a research project on ancient Chinese gold craftsmanship, which involves comprehensive multidisciplinary investigation. The research has entered its second phase since 2018, focusing on the major goldwork techniques mentioned above. This exhibition is a showcase of the results of this phase with a set of published books detailing the research, in the hope of sharing precious knowledge of ancient gold techniques.

The research project and exhibition series “Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques” are fully sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, promoting and preserving the legacy of ancient art techniques and cultures. 

All members of the public are welcome. Free admission. 

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Online exhibition: Details (Chinese only)
On-site Docent Services: Details 
Ancient Gold Techniques Workshop: Details & Registration 

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Ancient Chinese Gold Techniques II Book Details
Opening Lecture: Details
Public Lectures: Details