This is the first book in a series of ‘lifestyle accounts’ that highlight the remarkable life of Sir Catchick Paul Chater and the significant contribution he made to both the Chinese and British communities in Hong Kong during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sir Paul’s main home in Hong Kong was Marble Hall and he worked closely with the architects Leigh & Orange. During the design and planning process he liaised with, and oversaw the building contractors who were all locally employed Chinese workers. Marble Hall was a culmination of many influences. There is no doubt that its design was a small gesture of acknowledgement towards La Martiniere. Built of marble, La Martiniere was his school in Calcutta and had a lasting influence throughout his life.
This book highlights the wonderful architecture and design features of Marble Hall as well as that of his other homes. It offers a glimpse at the rare pieces of the Chater Collection placed by Sir Paul with care and for maximum impact in and around his home, a collection which was once considered the best privately owned art and china east of Suez.
Other books in this series will highlight his Masonic and philanthropic work, his pastimes and hobbies, his personal life and his businesses.