Chinese exhibits, buyers and media all seen at Olympia summer Fair

The Ajassa Arte Antica Cines stand at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

The Ajassa Arte Antica Cines stand at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair

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.

 The Paul M Peters stand at Olympia

The Paul M Peters stand at Olympia

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.

Tang Dynasty statue, Ajassa Antica stand

Tang Dynasty statue, Ajassa Antica stand

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 (, 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.

Asian Art features at Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair

Now timed to coincide with Asian Art in London, Clarion Events, the organisers of the Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair appear well satisfied with this year’s event held, for the first time, in the National Hall at the front of the Olympia complex on Hammersmith Road. The new hall venue seemed very suitable for the scale of the event which comfortably filled the hall.


Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair Opening Night    Photo Paul Harris

There were many exhibitors with  Asian art on display (notably Neil Holton Japanese Art and Laura Bordignon Antiques) and a few with Chinese artefacts or paintings (some nine stands). Turin-based dealer Ajassa (, which first exhibited in the June fair, was apparently well satisfied with results and returned to the Winter Fair.


A corner of the Ajassa stand at Olympia this week.  Photo Paul Harris

Tanya Baxter Contemporary ( had on show some interesting Chinese contemporary art in the realist tradition amongst the box office names of artists like Andy Warhol. We particularlry liked Zhao Kailin’s accomplished large and richly-coloured oil Sleeping which was priced at a modest £18,000.

Zhao Kailin Sleeping

On the Tanya Baxter Contemporary Art stand: Zhao Kailin’s Sleeping (right)        Photo        Paul Harris

There was also  a Talks Programme and lectures were staged in the comfortable Club Room. Amongst the many speakers, was Jessica Harrison-Hall, curator of the British Museum/BP exhibition Ming:50 Years that changed China. She explained that the exhibition, generally hailed as a magnificent success, had been no less than five years in the making and she selected and explained some of the most important exhibits.

Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair runs in tandem with Asian Art in London


Returning Olympia exhibitor Ajassa Arte Antica Cines, who showed in the June event, will return in November.  Photo Paul Harris

The 24th Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair (3-9 November 2014) is  one of the regular highlights of the Winter art season and even more so now for followers of Asian art. For the second year running it coincides with Asian Art in London when large numbers of serious Asian buyers focus on London.

Run in association with the UK’s top trade associations, BADA and LAPADA, it showcases 120 top dealers selling the finest British craftsmanship through the centuries. Several Asian specialists will be present including Laura Bordignon, Ajassa, Neil Holton Japanese Art and Matthew Holder

Popular with collectors, interior designers and those looking for something different, the stock on sale encompasses a wide range of interests. There is always a sparkling preview night.

Every piece on sale is strictly checked by experts before the fair opens to ensure it is authentic so visitors can buy with confidence.

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Chinese art old and new performs well at London Olympia

The Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair in London (June 5-15) saw several new exhibitors, some of whom were offering Asian art. There were diametrically opposed offerings by two Chinese specialists, Schutz Fine Art, who offered contemporary abstract paintings, and Ajassa Chinese Antiques.

SONY DSC Wang Xiaosong Soul of Emptiness

First time exhibitor Schutz Fine Art from Vienna mounted a show of the work of two contemporary Chinese artists, Wang Xiaosong and Hua Li. This was something of a new departure for an event not generally known for its contemporary art and even less so for Chinese contemporary offerings.


Wang Xiaosong The Opening of China (right)

However, it appears that Schutz’s participation was successful. Two paintings were sold within the first 48 hours: works by Wang Xiaosong, who describes himself as creating “realistic manifestations of the abstract.”. First to sell was a large oil on canvas, Soul of Emptiness, which had a marked price of £28,000. it is understood that total sales of around £100,000 were achieved at the stand.


Aldo Ajassa with some of his exhibits

Very different Chinese offerings were available from Turin-based dealers Ajassa Arte Antica Cinese. Well-established dealers in Chinese antiquities (the business opened its doors in 1980), owner Aldo Ajassa was on the stand where he explained that there were very significant collections of Chinese ware in his part of Italy. ‘There are many private collections, some very old and we are often able to buy.’ Certainly, his stand displayed some tantalising  pieces: we particularly like a pair of 18th century black ground vases with a superb glaze. Aldo said that he made very good sales during the first two days of the fair and that most were to new clients. He regarded the acquisition of new clients as a significant achievement of the event.