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30 October - 8 November


A Feast for the Eyes & Ears”;

Seventeen years after its inception, Asian Art in London retains its unique

position of being the only Art Event in the World to incorporate an entire

Citys art community.

London is home to three of the world’s top ten museums, over 800 art

galleries, four Unesco world heritage sites and a multi-lingual population.

This makes London the ideal backdrop for the Asian Art in London Event,

providing a venue for world-leading specialists to present the finest works,

to view and buy!

The launch of Asian Art in London 2014, is on Thursday 30th October at

the British Museum, where guests have a complimentary view of the current

exhibition; Ming - 50 Years that Changed China. Tickets £60.

The ticket to the Gala Party also includes a chance to win a trip for two to

Bali, courtesy of St Regis luxury hotel Group. The winner will be announced

during the party.

With literally thousands of people flying in from around the world to attend

the private selling exhibitions, auction house sales, lectures and symposia,

during the ten-day Event, London becomes the centre of all things related

to the Arts of Asia. From antiquities to living masters, Asian Art in London

provides a visual feast, spanning more than six thousand years.

Of the sixty participants taking part this year, a thought-provoking

collection of Gandharan sculpture, from the 2nd/3rd century, is to be

seen at Simon Ray Ltd.

Dr Ernst Lomnitz who fled Nazi Germany, found refuge and solace in the art

of India and the beauty of its sculpture. The rich patination on the bases of

the sculpture, was allegedly caused by the servant’s practice of using shoe

polish when cleaning and by rooms continually infused with cigar smoke.

Continuing with the exotic from India, is a collection of work by artist Abdur

Rahman Chugtai on show at the Grosvenor Gallery. A celebrity in his day

(1930’s1940’), Chugtai developed a cult following, with the Queen and an

American President amongst those who collected his work. Prices at the

exhibition range from £3,000-7,000 although past works by Chugtai have

been known to sell for over £40,000.

Francesca Galloway shows Indian treasures amongst which is a jewel-

encrusted royal cap, made in Bombay by Ezra & Sion, in the early 1900’s.

In the Mughal style, this green velvet hat, covered with gold thread, pearls,

rubies and emeralds, is silk lined and enchantingly labelled, “Perfect

ventilation - latest Combination”!

Still on the same continent but dating from a slightly earlier time, 16th to

19th century, are exquisite Indian miniatures on view at Sam Fogg. These

detailed paintings often painted with a single-hair brush, are both a cultural

reference to courtly life and religious beliefs.

For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

Virginia Sykes-Wright T. +44 (0)20 7499 2215 E. virginia@asianartinlondon.com


30 October - 8 November


London has many of the world’s renowned dealers in Chinese art, who

participate In Asian Art in London, amongst whom are fourth generation

Marchant & Son, whose exhibition this year, Blanc de Chine, took over ten

years to assemble and numbers over 100 pieces.

Blanc de Chine, which came from Fujian province in Southern China, was

aptly named by the French writers of the time and avidly collected by

Europeans who loved its simplicity. Used in China to depict such religious

deities as Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy), white is the colour associated with

mourning in the Far East.

In contrast is Bonhams “Pond” Bowl, depicting lotus blossom and leaves

in rich reds and greens. This Ming piece, has an estimate of £400,000-

600,000. The highest price achieved at auction is £9million but for those

wishing to enter the current Chinese porcelain market, £5,000 is a more

realistic starting point. General entry to collecting Asian art can start from as

little as £500, whilst museums and most lectures, for those more interested

in looking to learn, are free.

Also with a long-standing family connection to London’s finest Asian art is

the A&J Speelman Gallery. The Speelman family first opened a gallery

in the West End in the 1900s. This third generation firm, has an exhibition

including a gilded “Yamantaka”, or ferocious god suppressing evil, in

dramatic gesture.

Eskenazi Ltd, known for the finest Chinese antique art, c.500-1500 will this

year also host a show of Chinese contemporary art by the world famous Li

Huayi, whose work follows the ancient tradition of ink painting, depicting

such auspicious symbols as waterfalls, rocks and bamboo.

To experience the opulence of the Chinese Export market, you need look no

further than Jacqueline Simcoxs exhibition, which includes a rare coverlet,

embroidered with multi-coloured silks, showing Mermaids and fantasy sea

creatures. Produced in China In the early 18th century, for export to Europe, it

retains its original colours.

The combination of libation and literature, can be found at Vanderven

Oriental Art, where a pair of blue & white libation, stem cups, are on

view. Used by the Chinese nobility on special occasions, they form part of

their exhibition at Shapero Rare Books. There will be a book signing (3rd

November 17.00-21.00), with the renowned Rijksmuseum curator, Jan Van

Campen, of his recent publication, Chinese & Japanese Porcelain for the

Dutch Golden Age”, available at £35.

The famous potteries of Jingdezhen in China provided works, many of which

are now housed in famous museums and collections. The potteries are still

in use and examples will be on show at Sladmore Contemporary, who will

hold an exhibition by artist Roger Law, of Spitting Image fame.

For tiny treasures, exceptional lacquer and generally exquisite curios, the

Japanese craft of Netsuke is an unparalleled art form and can be found at

Max Rutherston Ltd.

For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

Virginia Sykes-Wright T. +44 (0)20 7499 2215 E. virginia@asianartinlondon.com


30 October - 8 November


Netsuke were the toggles, adopted by the Japanese c.1600, due to their

love of carrying useful things from the belts of their kimonos. Mainly for use

by men, Netsuke were used by all classes of Japanese society.

As the contemporary market continues to thrive, so new Members join AAL,

bringing contemporary art from India, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and South

East Asia.

Joost van Den Bergh, with “Tantric Drawings”, One East Asia, “Breaking

& Reconstructing the circle”, are only a sample of the diversity of

contemporary art on view.

In a City that provides such important works and expertise, there are also

vital ancillary services such as restorers, shippers, insurance & currency

brokers, together with leading hotel groups such as the St Regis group and

the Mandarin Oriental. Asian Art in London is pleased to be associated with

all of them.

Asian Art in London 2014 confirms that London remains the place to do

business in the arts of Asia.

For details of all forthcoming talks & lectures please visit our

website asianartinlondon.com AAL 2015: 5 – 14 November.

For further information and high resolution images, please contact:

Virginia Sykes-Wright T. +44 (0)20 7499 2215 E. virginia@asianartinlondon.com