Re-creation of the studio of William Saunders in Shanghai at the exhibition LIFE IN QING DYNASTY SHANGHAI: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF WILLIAM SAUNDERS which is on at The China Exchange in London’s Gerrard Street until November 12. The photographs in the exhibtion were collected by Stephan Loewentheil and represents, in his own words, ‘a valuable resource for the study of China before industrialisation changed it forever. Saunders moved from England and opened his studio in Shanghai in 1862. Loewentheil is the founder and President of the 19th century Rare Book & Photograph Shop in New York Photograph by Paul Harris
Dealer Paul Martin exhibiting at The Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair had this French gilt-bronze mounted Chinese turquoise porcelain frog censer from the Kangxi period, mounted together with two spoons. The asking price is £9,500. Rather more pricey at £65,000 was a pair of Qianlong period silk wall hangings (Section shown below) finely decorated with figures in landscapes, hunting and fishing, interiors and formal meetings, horse riding and sailing. Photographs by Paul Harris
Also showing at Olympia was Kevin Page Oriental Art who had some massive Cantonese vases. Photograph by Paul Harris
At Fleur de Lys in Kensington Church Street we spotted this delightful Chinese ivory carving of a water buffalo. Photograph by Paul Harris
Clifford Street is a busy hangout for Chinese art buyers with top drawer premises of Eskenazi and, opposite, above, the beautifully lit and tastefully laid out display at Berwald Oriental Art. Below, Roger Keverne’s display of sancai glaze Tang Dynasty pottery. Photographs by Paul Harris
And, finally, very slightly off subject for this site, but, nevertheless an event we never miss is Raquelle Azran’s showing of Vietnamese art in Mason’s Yard. We were enchanted by this carved lacquer piece by Tran Huu Chat titled Highlands Ritual and which, despite its age, was available for a very reasonable £4,500 or so. If I wasn’t paying for a new warehouse next week, I would have snapped it up!
Photograph by Paul Harris