1 July 2003
Hong Kong Gifts, Premiums and Stationery - Product Features
Diaries & Organisers
PUK Ltd's high quality, antique paintings like these still lifes are exported to Europe, the US and Japan
Pictures often make perfect and unusual gifts. Whether classic or contemporary in style or utilising unique techniques, Hong Kong offers a wide variety of picture products to excite the eye and satisfy the budget.
Hand-painted oils are the speciality of Fond Art Products Co. The company's classical paintings range from flowers and still-life forms to birds, animals and pre-industrial European cityscapes.
The company has around 1,000 artists working at its factory in Dongguan on the Chinese mainland. "Our artists produce paintings from designs already in our portfolio or from scratch according to what the customer wants. They can also work from a photograph," explains managing director Fong Ching Wah. "We carry many designs to give customers a wide choice," he adds.
Prices for commercial orders can be as low as US$1 per painting. However, Fong says that typically this would be only for orders exceeding 1,000 pieces. At the other end of the scale, more specialised paintings requiring a lot of work can cost up to US$5,000 each.
The company also sells picture frames, and prices start from US$3 per piece and go up to US$500 for larger hand-made items. All prices are FOB Dongguan, which is also the shipping port.
A minimum order is one FEU for delivery 30 days after receipt of L/C. Fong says one of the company's strengths is the effectiveness of its handling and shipping procedures.
Another company with artistic endeavour is Capital Access (HK) Ltd, which recently introduced a new line of computerised tapestry art.
Special, in-house developed software reduces full colour designs to just six shades: black, white, yellow, red, blue and green. The new format, then transferred to automatic weaving machines, produces Jacquard woven pictures.
Managing director Chan Ngan Hoi explains that Jacquard normally uses around 16-256 million colours. "This is too many for a weaving room to control, while six ensures the material is not too thick and keeps the quality good and the price low. Jacquard weaving is usually very expensive, and potential customers are astonished at what we've achieved as many had not previously seen this technique."
Chan says the company has around 40 different samples, with designs also reproduced on request.
Eight-inch fixed-width weave costs US$0.20 per inch, while a 16-inch width woven picture costs US$0.39 per inch. Small orders come out of Hong Kong, while larger orders come from the company's factory in Shanghai. All prices are FOB Hong Kong.
For traditional oil paintings, 22-year veteran Choi Yin Fong Art Gallery is a specialist in panels. The company has access to more than 250 artists, most of whom live on the mainland and paint to customers' requirements.
"Over the years, we have built a strong team of artists who take pride in their work," says director Choi Yin Fung. Also an artist, Choi adds, "We can work anything from portraits to landscapes in the Abstractionist, Impressionist or Classical Master styles."
The gallery's paintings differ in size: typical canvasses vary from 16x20 inches to 36x48 inches, while panels tend to be in the 5x7 inches to 12x16 inches range. "However, we can make whatever size is required," says Choi.
The minimum order value is US$200 for delivery 30-60 days after confirmation. "We offer good prices with favourable discounts for bulk purchases," says Choi.
Most of the gallery's exports go to the US, the UK, Spain, France, Holland, Italy and Belgium. "Our paintings are largely for the Western market as people in those countries especially love our traditional Western-style paintings," Choi affirms.
Another veteran painter is Worldlink Trading Ltd, which has been in business since 1989. The company makes country craft, wooden houseware and wall art and, under licence, is a direct manufacturer for Cheri Blum hand-painted floral wall plaques bearing themes conceived by the US designer.
Prices of these wall plaques start from US$3 each, FOB Shenzhen on the mainland. "We're proud to offer something different in the painting field," says assistant sales manager Carol Leung.
The difference does not stop there, and Leung says Worldlink is one of the few companies specialising in classic-style framed watercolours. "Our clients may choose from among the many different styles we offer," she says. Also available are wooden frames. "We sell pictures framed or unframed, or will sell the frames separately," she says.
All frames and paintings come from Worldlink's 6,000-square-metre factory in Zhongshan on the mainland. Out of a workforce of 200, about 50 are artists. The minimum order size is 40-60 paintings.
The company ships paintings and frames all over the world, says Leung says, although they are particularly popular in the US and Europe. "We recently sold some paintings to buyers in the Middle East," she adds.
WRITTEN BY CAROLINE BIEBUYCK
Hang Cheong Picture Frame Enterprise Ltd
Rm 24C, Blk 3
111 Shaukiwan Rd
Rms B & C, 14/F
Bing Fu Commercial Bldg
450-454 Portland St
Prince Edward, Kowloon
Worldlink Trading Ltd
Unit 12, 17/F
Vanta Ind Centre
21-33 Tai Lin Pai Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
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