Relics Estate Sales and Consignments to hold seminar on Asian antiques from 2 to 4 p.m. October 22 at Mill Creek Cypress Ridge

Travel back in time with Relics Estate Sales and Consignments as historian Ken Kooyman and personal property appraiser Kelly Goldsmith discuss the dramatic trend in Chinese and Asian artifacts, popular with both their local customers and an international audience online.

Called “Fast Moving Market of Chinese and Japanese Artifacts,” the seminar will be held from 2-4 p.m. October 22 at the Mill Creek Cypress Ridge Clubhouse in Bluffton. The format for the event includes a meet and greet with wine and cheese from 2-2:30 p.m., the presentation from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and a Q&A session from 3:30-4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The seminar will cover the long history behind the Asian artifacts. The Chinese have always been leaders in cultural innovation and the arts — with documented civilizations from around the planet dating back to the 1400s. There has been a renaissance in everything Chinese since the publication of 1421: The Year China Discovered the World in 2002, a controversial book by Gavin Menzies that claims that the Chinese sailed to America before Columbus.

“As the Chinese economy continues to grow with a multitude of individuals experiencing growth of wealth and position, they have also developed a keen interest in their country’s past,” said Kooyman, who holds degrees in art and history from Harvard University in addition to a long career in estate liquidation. “Our presentation will help broaden awareness and authentication of objects, as well as explain the interest and intrigue in the most impressive and valuable pieces sought in this market.”

Register for the Asian Antiques Seminar here: