Gold Jewellery from the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum / The Private Collection of Peter Soon
Peter Soon, the man behind the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum in Malacca and Penang is an avid collector of rare and beautiful antiques and artefacts of the Peranakan Chinese. This book is a collection of the crowning glory of the Straits Chinese – their jewellery.
He has, over the years, amassed a substantial amount of beautiful old jewellery that once belonged to the Baba families of Penang, Malacca and Singapore. Some of these rare and wonderful pieces have dressed prominent Baba families and their nyonyas. These priceless heirlooms are repositories of the fortunes and standing of Peranakan families of the British Straits Settlements in Penang, Malacca and Singapore.
And as much as this jewellery has given pleasure to its original owners, the collection and the stories in this book allow readers to enjoy these exquisite treasures and be warmed by the glow and the beauty captured in these pieces from over a hundred years ago.
On the whole, I find the efforts put into producing such a piece of literature on Straits Chinese jewellery highly commendable. The writing of Nyonya Lilian Tong was particularly lively and fluent, very pleasurable to read. And of course the professionally taken photographs that accompany the text was an added bonus., literally jewels on a crown. travelling-foodies.com
It is astonishing to look back on this era of playful diversity, when a hybrid mix of influences was the norm. These pieces are not only exquisite but inspiring, pointing towards a time when designers felt free to experiment, pulling ideas from every culture and blending them together. CNN