At the June 18 private view of this summer’s Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair many Chinese orientated exhibits, Chinese buyers and, even, Chinese media were all in evidence.
Exhibitors with strong Chinese exhibits included Turin-based Ajassa Antica, who exhibited at Olympia twice last year; a combined exhibit of Chinese porcelain and works of art by a group of Oriental dealers from Kensington Church Street, a noted centre for the genre; and Paul M Peters Ltd of Harrogate, Yorkshire. Peters, established for almost 50 years in the Yorkshire spa town, showed Chinese and Japanese antiques, as well as some European ceramics and objets d’art.
There were many Chinese buyers visible in the aisles and on the stands, clearly taking advantage of the private view day. Additionally, Chinese Television were in evidence interviewing the organisers and exhibitors with Chinese items on their stands.
At the upcoming November 2-8 Winter Art & Antiques Fair the Chinese presence promises to be even more pronounced. Shanghai-based sculptor Chen Dapeng has booked a very large 197 sq. m. stand at which some 40 of his impressive sculptures will be exhibited. Notable Chinese public figures will be accompanying him to the Fair to launch his exhibit with a champagne opening within the Fair’s own opening on the evening of November 2. Organisers of his exhibit, Paul Harris Asia Arts (www.paulharrisasiaarts.co.uk), promise “something very special” at the event as a new sculpture, a gift of the Chinese people to the UK, is unveiled.
The The Olympia International Art & Antiques (summer) Fair runs until June 28.