Selected highlights of Asian Art in London demonstrate broad scope of event


Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis have a 2-day Asian sale next week, which will include the Helen Espir Collection of decorated porcelain. Highlights of the sale were shown in Duke Street earlier this week.    Photo Paul Harris

We visited some 30 or 40 exhibitions and events associated with this year’s Asian Art in London. In coming days we shall be posting news and features related to the event so do keep watching out – we have already today posted a feature on the artist Daniel Kelly whose work we particularly admire and who is showing at Hanga Ten Gallery in Maddox Street.

1 Laurence Paul Fleur de Lys

On display at Fleur de Lys in Kensington Church Street is this fascinating 19th century painting. Although actually a Japanese painting it is, unusually, of the important Chinese figure, Zhuge Liang who was Chancellor of State for Shu Han during The Three Kingdoms period. He was a trusted confidante and a great and accomplished strategist.


Toby Bull at the Lyon & Turnbull event at Hakkesan Restaurant     Photo by Paul Harris

Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull showed off the highlights of their Asian Sale to take place at the beginning of December – in St. Neots Cambridgeshire(Crosshall Manor). They also staged last Monday evening a fascinating talk by Toby Bull (above), a consultant on fakes and forgery and inter alia a member of the Hong Kong Police Force. We shall report his talk in full on a unique posting next week.


Freya Yuan of Woolley & Wallis gingerly handles the star item of next week’s sale, the Imperial seal of Empress Xiaoyiren (estimated at £200,000-300,000). Photo Paul Harris

Please look out for forthcoming stories on Chinese export ware, Chinese turquoise porcelain, blanc de chine, fakes and forgeries, what to look out for in Chinese contemporary art, Vietnamese contemporary art and Olympia Art & Antiques Fair Asia exhibitors!


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