Rare Tingqua tea trade painting for sale at Art Antiques London

248, Tea preparation  Tingqua (1809-1870)

There is a particularly interesting Chinese painting which will be available for sale at Art Antiques London when it opens for business in Hyde Park on June 24.

It is a rare export painting by Tingqua (1809-1870, depicting various stages involved in the production and preparation of tea. Reckoned to be the most famous and prolific of all Chinese watercolour and gouache painters, he was known to foreigners as Tingqua, though his true name was Kwan Luen Chin. Tingqua was the brother of Lamqua, an accomplished Chinese painter in the Western style who had been the protégé of the English painter George Chinnery.

Tingqua chose gouache and watercolours as his medium in part out of familial deference to his older brother, who worked primarily in oils. Tingqua’s studio at 16 China Street, Canton, specialised in gouache and watercolour paintings influenced by Western artistic traditions. These works became known in America primarily through the American China trader Augustine Heard, who brought a substantial collection of Tingqua paintings back to the United States circa 1855. These are now located at the renowned collection in The Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

An example of his tea trade work – not quite so fine as this one – came up for auction in the last few weeks and was knocked down for £10,000. This example will be exhibited for sale on the stand of H A Gibson Antiques.

Art Antiques London features three Asian Art in London participants


A general view of the stand at Art Antiques London featuring three participants in this year’s Asian Art in London event. Foreground: two soldier Chinese vases available from Gibson Antiques at £300,000.                       Photo Paul Harris

The Art Antiques London exhibition, in tented accommodation in Kensington Gardens, and which has run from June 12 and ends June 18, features a number of exhibitors selling Asian art, including three participants in this year’s Asian Art in London. Last year, Asian Art in London had a pavilion within the fair featuring a wider spread of participants but, this year, just three showed a range of Asian art: Gibson Antiques, Berwald Oriental Art (both showing mainly Chinese ceramics) and Jacqueline Simcox (textiles).


Alastair Gibson of Gibson Antiques pictured at Art Antiques London  Photo Paul Harris

Other exhibitors with Asian antiques included Luis Alegria LDA (Porto, Portugal), Marchant (Kensington Church Street, London), Laura Bordignon (Japanese), and D & M Freedman (Japanese and Chinese ceramics and paintings).

Art Antiques London describes itself as ‘the jewel in the Crown’ of the London summer season. It most certainly enjoys an unrivalled location and ambience in Kensington Gardens, a stone’s throw from The Royal Albert Hall. As all the major exhibition organisers get increasingly sophisticated, the organisers, Anna and Brian Haughton, pay great attention to those details which enhance an exhibition: from the learned lecture programme which accompanies the event to the exquisite toilet accommodation which must surely be the best of any event!


Lion dog finial gracing one of the two soldier vases available from Gibson Antiques.                  Photo Paul Harris

Upcoming International Art Fairs for collectors of Chinese art


Affordable Art Fair London June 2014 Photo Paul Harris

***Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong Exhibition Centre May 13-15 2016 Down to earth, everything-priced (reasonably) fair for both new and established artists. www.affordableartfair.com/hongkong/

*Affordable Art Fair London Battersea March 10-13 2016 Hampstead Heath June 16-19 2016 Cutting edge art at budget prices (maximum allowed in 2014 was £4,000). Vietnamese art represented Asia in 2014. Garden party atmosphere under canvas on Hampstead Heath.  www.affordableartfair.com/hampstead/

**Art Antiques London June 24-30 2016 A Haughton International Fair in which approximately 70 dealers show in a purpose-built tent in Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Noted for its garden party atmosphere. In 2014 and 2015, Asian Art in London participated with its own pavilion showing star items from its own participants. www.haughton.com

*Art Basel  June 16-19 2016 For 45 years, one of the great premier shows for modern and contemporary art. Approximately 300 leading galleries show paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works. www.artbasel.com

***Art Basel Hong Kong  March 24-6 2016  The newest Art Basel show featuring galleries from Asia, Asia-Pacific as well as from  other parts of the world. There are many additional shows and events across Hong Kong’s vibrant art scene. www.artbasel.com/en/hong-kong

*Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4 2016 A favourite winter meeting place for the international art world. Over 250 leading galleries display modern and contemporary works. Many satellite fairs now associated with this event. www.atbasel.com/en/Miami-Beach


Asian Art in London Pavilion, Art Antiques London June 2014 Photo Paul Harris

***Art Central Hong Kong March 23-6 2016 Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong island The new kid on the block, mounting a determined challenge to Art Basel Hong Kong. VIP Private View March 22. Over 100 exhibitors with cutting edge contemporary art. 30,000 visitors in 2015. http://artcentralhongkong.com

***Asian Art in London Across London November 3-12 2016 London’s major acknowledgement of the world of Asian art, encompassing a range of exhibitions of private and public works of Asian art, as well as important auctions by Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Many provinicial auctioneers also schedule Asian art events around this event. www.asianartinlondon.com

**Asian Art Week, London (Spring 2015) Series of auctions rather than actual fair

**Asian Art Week New York  (March 15-18 and also autumn) Series of auctions rather than actual fair. Heavily hyped.

Edinburgh Art Fair November 18-20 2016 at the Old Corn Exchange. A wide selection of Scottish contemporary art www.artedinburgh.com

Edinburgh Art Festival Across the city end July 28-August 28 2016 Now developed into a major festival with events throughout the Festival city; running in tandem with the official Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe. www.edinburghartfestival.com

***Fine Art Asia Hong Kong October 2-6 2016 HK Convention & Exhibition Centre Started in 2006, this event is possibly Asia’s leading international fine art fair timed to coincide with a rash of commercial Asian art auctions in the city. www.fineartasia.com

Frieze London  October 6-9 2016 Contemporary art on show in Regent’s Park http://friezelondon.com/

Frieze New York May 5-8 2016 on Randall’s Island, Manhattan

International Antiques Fair Hong Kong May 24-6 2016 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 5BC www.iaf.com.hk

*International Fine Art & Antiques Show, t.b.c, Park Avenue Armory, New York. A strictly vetted showcase for exceptional works of art and antiquity.

Masterpiece London  June 30-July 6 2016 A heady mix of art taking place at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, near to Sloane Square www.masterpiecefair.com

*New York Ceramics & Glass Fair January 21-24 2016 Private view January 20. Long established fair rebranded in 2015 to include glass. Includes dealers from China.


Ajassa stand at Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair June 2014 Photo Paul Harris

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair June 27-July 23 2016 The summer version of the Winter Fair, both operated by Clarion Events. A ‘quality’ event being challenged somewhat by the Haughton fair, Art Antiques London (see entry above).

**Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair  October 31-November 6 2016 Private view October 31. Premier event with around 130-50 top dealers participating. Now moved to the National Hall at Olympia. www.olympia-art-antiques.com

**TEFAF Maastricht, Netherlands March 11-20 2016 The major, big money art and antiques fair which tends to set new record prices every year. A major event for the big spenders. www.tefaf.com

**Venice Biennale  Since 1895 An amalgam of events and fairs taking place between May and November 2016 at various locales including the Arsenale and Giardini. Now featuring a Chinese pavilion. http://labiennale.org

Photographs by Paul Harris



Asian Art in London mounts preview in Kensington Gardens


A few of the exhibits currently on show at the Asian Art in London preview.             Photo Paul Harris

The organisers of Asian Art in London have organised a preview of their increasingly successful event which takes place this year in the capital between October 30 and November 8.

The preview has been mounted in a special pavilion in Kensington Gardens within the Art Antiques London fair which runs from June 11 to 18th. Altogether, 22 of the exhibitors  in the autumn event have turned out to support the promotion with, it has to be said, some pretty spectacular exhibits. These are supplemented by some stunning artworks by Kyoto-based American artist Daniel Kelly, loaned by the renowned Tokyo-based Tolman Collection.


Painting by Daniel Kelly forms the centrepiece of this wall in the pavilion.                 Photo by Paul Harris

As the success of Asian Art in London grows, it has been announced that the dates of next year’s autumn Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair are to be moved and will take place to coincide with Asian Art in London. It is believed that this move may bring more Asian (and particularly Chinese) visitors and exhibitors to the Olympia event. See our report on this year’s June event which, rather surprisingly, saw Chinese contemporary art selling well at its first exhibition at Olympia.


The Asian Art in London pavilion at Art Antiques London

Photo Paul Harris

Asian Art in London Pavilion at Art Antiques London



This year, for the first time, Asian Art in London is creating a ‘Pavilion’ at Art Antiques London, 12-18 June, held in Kensington Gardens opposite the Royal Albert Hall and close to the Albert Memorial ( www.haughton.com ).

Over 20 dealers from Asian Art in London will exhibit a wide range of antique and contemporary Asian art. This selling exhibition will showcase a range of outstanding Asian art such as Chinese works of art and textiles, Japanese art, Indian and Islamic paintings and sculpture, Southeast Asian sculpture, bronzes and much more.

A list of current exhibitors can be sourced at www.asianartinlondon.com/content/art-antiques-london