Antiques hold a special place in many people’s hearts, for their beauty and rarity. These items are like windows to the past, retaining old world charm without deterioration. Whether you’re a collector, an admirer or a student of historical artifacts, you should definitely check out these stores. Here are the top 10 Antique Shops in Singapore.
1) East Inspirations
East Inspirations founder PK Cheong fell in love with Chinese arts and antiques at the tender age of 20, and that soon blossomed into a trade of sorts. All the items in East Inspirations were hand-picked by him during his personal travels around the region. You can expect to find antiques, furniture, ceramics and many other unique vintage items. They have two shops, called Time Machines. You can find one at South Bridge Road and another at Pagoda Street.
2) The Past Perfect Collection
For those who like to indulge in Colonial style antiques, check out The Past Perfect Collection. The owners of this store had been living in India and developed a fondness for the antiques of India’s colonial past. View their collection at Tan Boon Liat Building. You will find items that were popular during the British, Dutch and Portuguese era in India.
3) Just Anthony
Just Anthony has been around since the 1970s, and they are quite the experts when it comes to seeking out Chinese antiques. Their team makes regular trips to China to source for special and rare antique finds. The Just Antiques shop has “the widest range of Chinese antique furniture” and you can find items like door panels, tables, cabinets and consoles. Besides this they also have things like old ceramic pots, baskets and the like. Visit them at Upper Paya Lebar Road Singapore.
4) Prakalyam Gallery
Prakalyam presents a “doorway to the past”, and since time machines are hard to come by, this is the next best thing. The items here are reflective of India’s colonial past, from furniture to glassware. You will need an appointment before you step into their shop, which is located at Ruby Industrial Complex at Tannery Road. Previous visitors marvelled at their enviable display of antique goods.
5) Aphorism Antiques
If it’s European antiques you’re after, you best head on over to Aphorism Antiques. This shop is located at Tiong Bahru and upon stepping in you may feel as though you’ve been transported into an authentic French art gallery of yesteryear. They do have Asian antiques as well, with a wide selection of pieces sourced from the USA and Europe.
Retro lovers, head on over to Normanton Park for some stunning pieces that you’ll not find elsewhere. From classy vintage luggage, to old school typewriters – this store has amassed a collection not only from within Singapore, but also overseas. If a long-term commitment is not in the cards, they also have some items available for rent. They’re open to the public on Saturdays, but if you want to visit on any other day you can make an appointment.
7) Guan Antique
Peranakan culture is fascinating, with their distinct style and rich history. Guan Antique has specialized in Peranakan antiques since the 80s, so they have quite a wonderful collection in store. You will find charming items like Peranakan style teapots, plates, cabinets and even slippers. With vibrant colours and patterns, it is certainly nice to peruse such items and look back upon the past.
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8) FairPrice Antique
Go to 315 Outram Road to experience FairPrice’s share of antique goods. They are stocked with Chinese antiques, vintage furniture, ceramics, statues and art. They’ve also received accolades for their store. Items are sourced from Northern China, and are handpicked by owner Chantal Travers. If you have any special requests, do have a chat with the team, and they will try their very best to source the item for you.
9) Li Bai Arts & Antiques Pte Ltd
Li Bai was one of China’s greatest poets, and this store takes their name from him. Founded in 1997, their store is located at Bukit Batok Crescent, and you are free to visit on Saturdays and Sundays. For weekday visits, appointments are needed. Their collection consists of Chinese Antiques, Tibetan Furniture and other artistic items.
10) Nephew And Nieces Vintage store
If you’ve always dreamed of living in an English styled home but you’re far away from there – don’t fret. Nephew and Nieces Vintage store carries an elegant selection of vintage furniture, like Chesterfield leather sofas and charming bone china tea sets and dinner ware. Check out these lovely rare finds at Changi South Lane.
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