Located in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), ShangriLa Antiques specializes in collecting and trading 17th & 18th century porcelain from China and Japan.
The people behind ShangriLa Antiques
Bob Montagne (owner) and Freek Pals (owner) both studied history at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in the Dutch Golden Age. Their personal collection consists of several 100 pieces. To visit our collection Click Here. With their collection, they aim to represent the different periods of porcelain trade between 1600 and 1950. Specifically, their passion is with the rarity and historical significance of Chinese porcelain decorated in Europe.
Linking ShangriLa Antiques to Amsterdam
Historically, the rise of Amsterdam in the 17th & 18th century has played an important role in the production and trade in Chinese and Japanese ceramics, making Holland one of the best hunting grounds for 17th & 18th century porcelain.
In the 17th century, Holland became the centre of the Western hemisphere with Amsterdam being the most important trading city in the western world. During this period, the VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie – Dutch East India Company) was the world’s biggest trading company. Enormous amounts of money were made trading for example spices and silk.
With Chinese porcelain being more desirable than gold, the VOC started importing porcelain from China. As the trade evolved, prices dropped and porcelain became available for the middle classes as well. This sparked huge interest and it is estimated that between 1600 -1800 up to 500.000.000 pieces of porcelain were imported.
Interested to read more about the history of the porcelain trade between Holland & China/Japan? Click Here
Bob graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2009 and carries Master's degree in History. After working in several business and government jobs he decided to follow his passion and started ShangriLa Antique Amsterdam with Freek in 2014
Bob is specialized in customer contact and selling items. His passion in the field are late Ming period & Transitional wares.
He lives together with his girlfriend Emma and has two sons. Aged 0 and 2.
Freek graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 2009 and carries Master's degree in History.He worked 4 years at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science & Culture before following his passion and starting ShangriLa Antique Amsterdam in 2014 with Bob.
Freek is specialized in buying stuff and thus spending all the companies money all the time. Freek has a passion for Kangxi and 18th c wares. He is also intrigued by mid-20th c ProC wares. Especially from the period of Cultural Revolution.
Freek is maried to Irena, they have two Sons. Aged 1 & 4.