TO be honest when I
visited some of the Asian Art in London shows on the open evenings I did not
get the impression business was brisk. But first impressions are not the whole
story and since the early November Asiafest closed I have heard from many
participants that sales were not just good but possibly the best for a few
Most significant sales
were in the traditional rather than contemporary areas, but Gregg Baker in
Kensington achieved 90 per cent sales with his exhibition of post-war Japanese
Also in Kensington,
Jorge Welsh saw strong sales for his 30th anniversary exhibition of
Chinese Export wares (the show subsequently moved to Jorge’s Lisbon gallery)
and Marchant sold 10 works from their high quality show of ‘Kangxi Blue and
White and Underglaze Copper-Red’.
In Mayfair leading
dealer Eskenazi sold 12 works from their exhibition of archaic bronze vessels
for five and six figure sums, and in St. James’s Ben Janssens and Simon Ray
Staying in SW1
specialist dealer Peter Finer sold 13 pieces of Oriental and Islamic armour,
including his prized shield, while Cohen and Cohen, who were camped in the
Harris Lindsay Gallery in Jermyn Street, sold a very rare eggshell porcelain
tea bowl and saucer decorated with tigress and cub, Yongzheng c.1730, for a
six-figure price. We picture the saucer.
a year of historic political tumult in the UK Asian art seems not to have just
weathered Brexit but weathered it very well.