Asian Art in London IV Highlights of AAL in pictures

ed-saunders-studio-recreation-china-exchange 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

ed-paul-martin-turquoise-frog-at-olympia 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

ed-fleur-de-lys-ivory-water-buffalo 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


Asian Art in London III Jorge Welsh puts on impressive Chinese export ware show


One’s first impression of this exhibition, associated with Asian Art in London and held at Jorge Welsh’s Kensington Church Street Gallery, is of glittering, shiny riches. The brightly lit array of Chinese export ware is breathtaking and leads one to muse how it has been possible to gather together such a cohesive collection of apparently perfect beautiful things.

This exhibition A Time and A Place: Views and Perspectives on Chinese Export Art  focuses on those views and perspectives that show buildings in their settings extending chronologically through the late-17th until the late 19th century, and covering a range of works of art that are illustrative of interest in the subject as a type of cultural expression. While researching for the exhibition and the catalogue, a number of sources such as prints and engravings, for previously unidentified scenes painted in Chinese porcelain were discovered and are in some cases, presented for the first time alongside the actual pieces.

There is a diverse range of works of art, ranging from individual plates, dinner services, tea sets, punch bowls, mugs, snuff boxes, urns, cisterns, vases, and plaques made in porcelain, to folding fans, painted ivory plaques, lacquer, and canvas. These pieces are hybrid objects, both Chinese and European, becoming historical testimonies of artistic interactions between the two cultures.

The exhibition contains over 140 porcelains, paintings and works of art, real treasures of Chinese export art. Below we illustrate just two examples from the show. punch-bowl_jorge-welsh-works-of-art_other-side

Punch Bowl

Qing dynasty

Qianlong period (1736-1795)

  1. 1790

Porcelain decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels and gold

  1. 16.5 cm Ø 38 cm


Panel with a view of Macao

Qing dynasty


First half of 18th century

Wood lacquered in black and decorated with gold lacquer

  1. 85.5 cm W. 59 cm

The show continues until November 11.


Asian Art in London 2016 to start on November 3

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This is by way of an important diary note. Asian Art in London dates for 2016 are November 3-12. There are, of course, no details about any associated events at this time. They will emerge rather nearer the date and we shall post them as released.


The 2015 Asian Art in London Gala Party at The Mandarin Hotel in Knightsbridge.      Photo by Paul Harris