All systems go for Asian Art in London!


It’s all systems go as the Asian art world gears up for this year’s 19th Asian Art In London. The now well-established event brings together over sixty of the world’s top dealers, major auction houses and museums for a ten-day celebration of the finest Asian art. Visitors will converge on London for this prestigious international event offering gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions, lectures and seminars.

To celebrate the nineteenth year of Asian Art in London, a champagne reception will be held at the China Exchange in London’s Soho. Partnered by Laurent Perrier Champagne and Mosimann’s London.There the participants of Asian Art in London, directors and curators from museums worldwide, academic specialists, visitors and collectors will rub shoulders in a convivial manner: at previous events, the champagne has been free flowing and the ticket price of £40 did not seem excessive at all. Any energetic drinker should be able to effortlessly recoup the ticket price . . .

The range of events seems to us to be even more diverse than usual with a wide geographical spread in terms of origin. You can download the programme at or you can the (new) free app at the same address. We still prefer to use the hard copy brochure, inside pocket or handbag size, which is much thicker than last year’s. It is interesting to note that there is considerably more advertising: sign of a market resurgence or simply better advertising agents?

With such a panoply of events, it seems invidious to pick out just one or two but there a few which we aim to patronise for their preomising Chinese content:

Exhibition at Sotheby’s New Bond Street China without Dragons: Rare Pieces from Orental Ceramic Society Members, open daily November 3-9.

Launch of the fascinating-sounding Bringing Heaven to Earth: Silver Jewellery & Ornament in the Late Qing Dynasty by Elizabeth Herridge at The London Library on November 4 (

Panel discussion/new catalogue and reception for Chinese & Japanese Works of Art in The Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace on November 10. Heavy booking for this one expected!


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