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


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