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PERIOD HOME: Peranakan settee with its intricate carving of phoenixes at play amid branches of delicate flowers and fruit.

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PERIOD HOME: An ornate Chinese rosewood dining table that was once owned by an aunt.

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PERIOD HOME: An ornate Chinese rosewood dining table that was once owned by an aunt.

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PERIOD HOME: A prized Huanghuali cabinet bought 20 years ago from a shop in Paya Lebar.

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PERIOD HOME: Mr Pow collects Chinese and Peranakan antiques because he finds the motifs used fascinating.

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Mr Pow was adamant about maintaining the original layout of the house that includes the small front sitting room.

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'I think it is very important that we retain our heritage. I think it is also important for people, especially younger Singaporeans, to understand their culture and where they came from.' - Mr Pow.

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In his bedroom, a piece of Hokkien folk art of Yongchun paper weaving hangs over the bed.
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House of antiques

Kelvin Pow bought his 1928 shophouse in Geylang so that he could house his growing collection of Peranakan and Chinese antiques.
Mar 28, 2015 5:50 AM

AS a child, Kelvin Pow remembers his grandfather making him clean the intricate carving on a peranakan settee in their shophouse in Katong… with a toothbrush. It was a Chinese New Year ritual and truth be told, he did not mind. It gave him the opportunity to marvel at the strange but beautiful

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