Since its inception in 2006, Fine Art Asia has grown into one of the most intriguing events of the fall art season. Coinciding with the Sotheby’s autumn auction held in the same venue, the fair has earned a reputation for excellence, with dealers selling work to some of the most important private and institutional collectors in the world, including the MET in New York and the National Palace Museum in Taipei.
At this year’s edition, exhibitors have reported sales were strong during the vernissage and first public day, 29 and 30 September. New exhibitor Jorge Welsh Works of Art reported excellent sales, including many pieces of 18th century export ware (Qianlong period) at prices to around £150,000. New participant Jeremy Pine said there was great interest in, and sales of, his gold, silver and bronze works, at prices in the region of £100,000. Maria Kiang Chinese Art had numerous good sales including an imperial Qing Dynasty, 18th century bamboo ‘double gourd’ ink stone.
Feedback from dealers in European works of art, such as Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London and Gladwell & Patterson, London whose Claude Monet work, “The Waterlily Pond”, 1919 is one of the highlights of the fair, were also positive. Galerie l’Angélus of Barbizon, France has sold a painting, “Bord de l’Oise, Le Soir”, an oil on canvas, by Charles-François Daubigny. Koopman Rare Art, London has had an encouraging start, and is pleased with multiple sales of Chinese export silver, several gold boxes and a large silver-gilt cutlery service.
The 2017 edition, held in the Hong Kong Convention Centre overlooking Victoria Harbour, features 93 Asian and international exhibitors from the worlds of jewellery, antiquities, photography, and modern and contemporary art. Fine Art Asia finishes today Tuesday, 3 October.
Image caption: A visitor admiring the exquisite pieces at the booth of Vanderven Oriental Art. Courtesy of @fineartasia Instagram