AFE exhibitors featured Asian art

The Antiques for Everyone (AFE) debut show at London Excel closed on Sunday after three days of trade. First editions of shows like this are always difficult and exhibitors reported widely varying results which ranged from ecstatic to downcast.

Several exhibitors showed items of Asian art but three had a significant part of their stand devoted to the genre. Paul Harris Asia Arts displayed a wide variety of mainly Chinese art, including a very large white ceramic statue of Mao Tse Tung created in 1967. It is believed to be unique and carried a £500,000 price tag. It was not sold but it did become something of an attraction and brought many visitors to the stand. The exhibit recorded a number of ‘modest’ sales.

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The Mao statue, extreme left, on the Paul Harris Asia Arts stand at AFE

Philip Carrol, from Yorkshire, is a regular exhibitor at fairs like AFE. He had secured enough sales to make the venture profitable and was generally positive about the experience. Many dealers pointed out that the costs of showing were modest for a London venue. ‘Where can you show in London at this very modest cost?’ one pointed out, ‘We shall take a long term view and stay on board for such a small outlay. The results will come later.’

Philip Carol stand

Also showing was Koos Limburg from Scotland. The firm is also a regular exhibitor at fairs and were showing a number of Chinese items, including some fine ivory.

Koss Limburg stand

Visitor numbers were somewhat depleted on the opening day: it snowed in London (an event which tends to set off panic in the metropolis) and Southern Rail were engaged in one of their regular strike actions. Saturday seemed to be considerably busier. Exhibitors who had circlated their regular clientele in the London area appeared to be rather busier than those trying to built a customer base.

One significant advantage of the fair, from an exhibitor’s point of view, had to be the ease of set up and breakdown. Exhibitors were given the use of an empty hall right next to the exhibition for car parking during both set up and break down. Reactions to this were overwhelmingly positive.



‘Unique’ white porcelain statue of Mao Tse Tung to be offered for £500,000 at AFE

An almost life-size white porcelain statue of legendary Chinese leader Mao Tse Tung is to be offered for sale at half a million pounds (sterling) at next month’s Antiques for Everyone Fair: Art, Antiques, Interiors Fair at London’s Excel Exhibition Centre. It is said to be quite possibly ‘unique’ and the only survivor of an edition of just two made in 1967.


The statue was produced in October 1967 to the order of the Chinese government. It is now owned by Scottish investment company Coldingham Investments Ltd, which has extensive interests in the Chinese art market. Explains managing director Paul Harris, ‘We know that two of these statues were made but there is no trace now of the other one which went to Chinese government offices after completion. This statue of China’s controversial leader may well be unique.

‘It is dated October 1967 which was a landmark time for China as the Cultural Revolution was launched. It is a ‘heroic’ interpretation of Mao at the height of his adulation. As such, it is a vitally important historical relic.’

The 1.42m-tall white-glazed statue is accurate down to every last detail, including the birthmark on Mao’s face. The subject wears the legendary ‘Mao jacket’ with every button faithfully replicated. For many years this statue graced the halls of the Chinese Embassy in Rome but was removed from show when the great leader fell from favour. It is in perfect condition.

According to researches carried out by the vendors, it was made in 1967 in China’s porcelain capital, Jingdezhen. Says Paul Harris, ‘It is notoriously difficult to make a white porcelain statue of this very large size. Accordingly, large numbers could not be manufactured. This perfect example would probably have been preceded by dozens of failures during the firing process. We know of no other surviving examples.’


The 50 year-old statue is inscribed with the brave legend ‘May Mao Tse Tung live for 10,000 years’. It bears the number ‘2’ and and also bears the date October 1967.

It will be on show at AFE, the first London edition of AFE which has enjoyed a successful run in Birmingham for many years, with an unveiling on Stand E5 (Paul Harris Asia Arts) on the morning of January 13. AFE takes place at the Excel Exhibition Centre in the east of London January 13-15.

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Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng plans major London exhibit at Olympia, book and top secret unveiling


Chen Dapeng at work in his Shanghai studio, June 2015     Photo Paul Harris

The Shanghai-based Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng is next month to mount a major exhibit at the prestigious Winter Olympic Art & Antiques Fair; launch a coffee table book on his work; and promises the unveiling of a dramatic, top secret bust of ‘a most prominent UK public figure’.

Said Paul Harris of Paul Harris Asia Arts today, ‘We are proud to be organising the first exhibition in the UK for the Shanghai-based Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng. This follows his successful showings at the Shanghai EXPO (2010) and the Carousel du Louvre (2013), where he was greeted by the French press as ‘the new Rodin’.

‘The 197 sq m Chen Dapeng exhibit (Stand A25) will be the largest at this year’s prestigious Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair, which takes place at The National Hall from November 2-8, and represents for us an investment of more than a quarter of a million pounds sterling. There will be a champagne preview on November 2, as well as a press photo-call. ‘

This year the Fair itself celebrates its 25th anniversary as the most important winter art and antiques show in London.

‘At 1830 hours there will be the unveiling of Chen Dapeng’s new bust of a most prominent UK public figure and which he has executed to celebrate the 2015 UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange. More details of this event will be released on Wednesday October 28 and you will be informed accordingly. A new full colour coffee table book on Chen Dapeng containing a catalogue raisonné of his sculptures will also be launched at the Preview.

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Paul Harris with Chen Dapeng in  Shanghai studio, 2003. Photo Paul Harris Asia Arts

On Friday November 6, Paul Harris will be giving the lecture CHINESE SCULPTURE: FROM THE TERRACOTTA ARMY TO CHEN DAPENG at Olympia National Hall.’

This lecture is free to all Olympia ticket holders. Paul Harris is an accredited NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) lecturer in the UK and Australia, as well as the author of half a dozen art books ( His also owns this website, as well as

The Chen Dapeng exhibit is also a participant in Asian Art in London.

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.

Ana Perez Grassano paints Chen Dapeng sculptures

6 Grassano and Chen Dapeng with the first painting in Songjiang, Shanghai last week

French-Argentinian artist Ana Perez Grassano has just returned from Shanghai, China, where she has painted several of the sculptures of Chen Dapeng, the important Songjiang-based sculptor. We have previously written about Grassano and her cooperation with Chen Dapeng. She is based in Paris and first met Chen Dapeng during his exhibition at Le Carousel du Louvre in November 2013. Chen Dapeng has recently announced that he is to exhibit at this years Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair in London (November 2-8). His exhibit is being organised by Paul Harris Asia Arts. Our picture below shows Grassano, Harris and Chen Dapeng after making the announcement in Shanghai on March 29. SONY DSC

Shanghai sculptor Chen Dapeng announces Olympia exhibition: welcomed by Minister for Foreign Affairs

From Paul Harris in Shanghai SONY DSC The renowned Shanghai sculptor Chen Dapeng today opened a major retrospective exhibition of his quarter of a century of work and took the opportunity to announce publicly that he will exhibit at this year’s Olympia Winter Art & Antiques Fair (November 2-8 2015).


More than 150 people attended for the announcement and exhibition opening. Minister of Foreign Affairs Xie Wei speaks.

Following his successful exhibition at the Carousel du Louvre in 2013, he now seeks to expose his body of work to the British audience. Several Chinese government ministers and other dignitaries attended the event which was held in the grounds of The Dragon Building in the Songjiang suburb of Shanghai.

The Dragon Building, built in the shape of China’s most significant emblem, was designed and built by Chen Dapeng and, together with other associated buildings, provides studios, workshops, offices and home for the 53 year-old sculptor. More than 150 guests from the media, government, business and academe attended the event which also featured tai chi demonstrations, and traditional Chinese music and dance. It was also attended by Ana Perez Grassano, the Paris-based Argentinian artist who is in Shanghai to paint Chen Dapeng. The event was filmed by Xinhua News Agency and Shanghai Television. It is an integral part of The Shanghai People’s Festival 2015.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs from the office of the government of Shanghai (now a region of some 25 million people), Mr Xie Wei, welcomed Mr Chen Dapeng’s efforts to export art from China to the west and evinced his support for the Olympia exhibition. Mr Chen Dapeng also publicly announced that Paul Harris Asia Arts ( has been appointed to represent him in the UK and to organise his exposure at Olympia. Paul Harris Asia Arts is a sister business to

A 200 sq m series of stands have been booked at the Olympia event and it is thought he may well be the largest single exhibitor at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair, the most significant public exhibition of its type held in the winter months.

Highlights of 2014 on

As 2014 drew to a close, we selected some highlights of the year in the world of Chinese art here in the UK as reported on



In January, we launched our now popular series of Unusual Chines Art Images. This magnificent oil painting (1910) by Matilda Auchinschloss Brownall of a viewer at The Morgan Collection in New York was featured as one of our early images.

January brought in The Year of the Horse.

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Details of this painting (artist unknown) from Chinese Art in Scotland



Xiao Wei and Yi Fei Li symbolise the new wave of adventurous fashion photography in modern China. Picture by Barrett Sweeger for Cream Magazine.



March saw the tragic and mysterious loss of Malaysian airlines flight MH270 on a March 8 flight out of Singapore. There was a party of 19 Chinese artists, relatives and supporters on board, pictured above at their exhibition in the city state.


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Shanghai businessman Liu Yiqian opens his third private museum in the city and shells out US$33.6 million for a tiny chicken cup

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Lucy Liu Olympic Fashion shoot 2008

We featured this stunning image of actress and model Lucy Liu, shot in 2008, Olympic Games year, for Harper’s Bazaar


£427,250 moment of sale

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A record £427,250 for Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull when they sold this blue and white charger, estimated at £2-3,000.


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The Fiorentini collection of 30 pieces of porcelain was exposed for sale at Bonham’s, Edinburgh and took £105,000. This sang-de-boeuf bowl was knocked down for £11,250.


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Shanghai-based Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng appoints Paul Harris Asia Arts as his agents in the UK in advance of a series of exhibitions.


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Major UK exhibition for Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace



The 17th Asian Art in London event opens. Our picture from an exhibition mounted by Michael Goedhuis of outstanding ink and watercolour paintings by Yang Yanping.

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Woolley & Wallis Chinese expert Freya Yuan cradles the top selle, one of a pair of bowls which exceeded £420,000 from their £3.2m. November sale.


Royals Will and Kate visited New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was one Chinese picture they didn’t see . . .  Art critic Jerry Saltz posted it on Instagram and got booted off the site. We wonder why!


Brought Christmas, as ever, but this Santa Claus print from Andy Warhol, offered by Artron in online auction, failed to find an owner.


. . . and on to 2015. Happy New Year everyone!

Growth continues at

Remarkable growth continues at This site, which was started only in October 2013, has grown dramatically in just over a year. According to figures released by the site’s host, during the month of October 2014 it received 445,461 hits and 50,904 visitors.

The site’s founder, Paul Harris, said yesterday, “The growth of this site has been steady month on month with occasional spikes. People interested in Chinese art from all over the world are now focusing on and we anticipate this growth will continue. I would like to thank all our readers in the UK, China and elsewhere.”


Paul Harris in The Coldingham Gallery in the Scottish Borders Photo Lucy Harris is operated by Paul Harris Asia Arts Group which also includes,,, and manages as part of its contract to represent the Shanghai sculptor Chen Dapeng in the UK. Paul Harris is an accredited lecturer on art subjects with The National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies (NADFAS)( is one year old!

Paul with famille verte pot

The end of the first week in October 2014 marks the first anniversary of this website It also represents the culmination of 12 months effort building up the site from a standing start. At the beginning of October last year, nobody knew of this site and today there are many hundreds of thousands of hits every month and more than 20,000 a month of you visit the site regularly for news of developments on the Chinese art scene from auctions to exhibitions, from prices to promotions, from galleries to stunning photo images : it is all here.

This site is part of the Paul Harris Asia Arts Group (  which also encompasses sister site, the selling site, and We also represent the Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng (

Apart from visiting this site, you can follow all our postings on Twitter @chineseartpaul. And this Twitter feed can be found at the foot of our Home page.

Thank you for looking at this site! We shall continue to keep it as interesting as possible.

Paul Harris

Paul Harris Asia Arts




Sculptor Chen Dapeng to work with French-Argentinian painter Grassano

The Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng is to collaborate with the French-Argentinian painter Ana Perez Grassano, it has just been announced. Dapeng, who mounted a much acclaimed exhibition of 39 of his sculptures at The Louvre in Paris last November, is to exhibit his works in Britain 20215-16. The two met at The Louvre.


By all accounts, Grassano was captivated by Dapeng’s sculptures, which the French press dubbed as the work of ‘the new Rodin’. The two have agreed to enter into a collaboration which will involve Perez incorporating the sculptures into her bold non-figurative expressionist-style paintings.

Said Chen Dapeng this week, “This is both a practical and a symbolic union for the two of us. This year is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France.” Accordingly, this union of talents is, it is understood, is to be supported by the Chinese Ministry of Culture Department.

Perez was born in 1969 in Rosario, Argentina, and has lived in France since 1993. She is a qualified architect and practises architecture and designer professionally. She developed her talents as an artist in the atelier of Martin Reyna. It was announced recently that the sculptor has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement in Britain with Paul Harris Asia Arts Group.

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Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng appoints UK agent in marketing move


Paul Harris and Sun Yumei at the Songjiang studio of renowned sculptor Chen Dapeng

Paul Harris and Sun Yumei at the Songjiang studio of renowned sculptor Chen Dapeng

The renowned Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng ( has appointed Paul Harris Asia Arts ( as his UK and Ireland representative from September 1 2014 for eighteen months. The appointment follows his successful exhibit at the Louvre in Paris last November where he showed 39 of his bronzes to considerable acclaim: it is understood that an offer in the region of Euros 30 million was made during the event for all the exhibits by a French gallery director.

Paul Harris Asia Arts director Sun Yumei, speaking this week, said that exhibits in the UK were currently under negotiation with the November 2015 Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, Asian Art in London, also for 2015, and for the Edinburgh International Festival 2016. It was also hoped to exhibit the sculptor’s work in either Manchester or Birmingham and in Dublin. Said Sun Yumei, “Chen Dapeng is well known in China for both his public sculptures and by private patrons. The town of Songjiang [part of the Shanghai conurbation] will open a 3,000 sq.m. museum to him in February next year and we think the time is now right, having known and worked with him since 2003, to launch a major international promotional effort.”


At The Louvre, Paris, last November, bronze by Chen Dapeng

Paul Harris Asia Arts is owned by Coldingham Investments Ltd. The group also operates as Chinese Art in Scotland ( and retails modern Vietnamese art through the Coldingham Gallery ( and It is also the owner of this website, which gets up to 300,000 visitors a month.

Said Sun Yumei this week, “We are constantly developing our position in the Chinese art market and this new contract serves to firm us up as a major player”.