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Luxe Life Chinese New Year Luxury Shopping Guide to London

Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday 5th Feburary 2019, welcoming the year of the pig. Kick-start the festivities with a shopping spree at one of London’s finest boutiques, considered the best in the world. Whether looking for one-of-a-kind artworks in Mayfair or high fashion in Knightsbridge, you’re […]

Exceptional Pieces from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton lead December Handbags & Accessories Auction – London, 12 December 2018

Exceptional Pieces from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton lead December Handbags & Accessories Auction – London, 12 December 2018

Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Auction Exceptional Pieces From Chanel And Hermès Extremely Rare Aluminium Explorer Trunk By Louis Vuitton 12 December 2018, London  On 12 December 2018 Christie’s London will present at auction 225 rare, limited edition, and one-of-a-kind Handbags & Accessories. With a focus […]

CHRISTIE’S RELEASE | Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art – London, 1 to 8 November 2018

CHRISTIE’S RELEASE | Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art – London, 1 to 8 November 2018

Asian Art at Christie’s

Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

Including The Soame Jenyns Collection of Japanese and Chinese Art

London,  November 2018

 On 6 November 2018, Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art auction will present an array of rare works of exceptional quality and with important provenance, many offered to the market for the first time in decades. The season will be highlighted by exquisite imperial ceramics, fine jade carvings, Buddhist art, huanghuali furniture, paintings from celebrated modern Chinese artists, along with works of art from a number of important collections, including The Soame Jenyns Collection of Japanese and Chinese Art. The works will be on view and open to the public from 2 to 5 November.

The auction will be led by a moonflask, Bianhu, Yongzheng six-character seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1725-1735) (estimate on request). This magnificent flask is exceptionally large, and takes both its form and decoration from vessels made in the early 15th century. The Yongzheng Emperor was a keen antiquarian and a significant number of objects produced for his court were made in the antique style, particularly blue and white porcelain, and so their style was often adopted for imperial Yongzheng wares in the 18th century. The vessel is decorated with stylised floral scrolls and a pair of elegant strap handles, each decorated with flowers and foliage, terminating in ruyi heads.

The sale will be highlighted by important works of art from the collection of the late Soame Jenyns which will be presented across the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale, alongside an online sale which runs from 1 to 8 November. Soame Jenyns (1904-1976) was a legendary figure in the field of Chinese and Japanese art. He was an esteemed British art historian, collector and connoisseur and worked at the British Museum authoring several seminal books on East Asian art. The collection was built throughout his lifetime and will be led by a gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara (1426-1435) (estimate £150,000-200,000). It is engraved with a six-character inscription, which can be translated as ‘Bestowed [during the] Xuande era [of the] great Ming’. The figure perfectly reflects the connoisseurship of Soame Jenyns. Radiological examinations of the figure have revealed small consecratory objects: a miniature scroll, various textile fragments and beads. It is rare for the base plate of such an old bronze to be intact and confirms that the figure had been consecrated in a Buddhist ritual. Both aspects are highly appreciated by collectors of Buddhist bronzes. Further highlights of the collection include a rare famille verte ‘Yu Tang Fu Gui’ teapot (estimate: £20,000-40,000), an elegant and fascinating tribute to the skills of porcelain decorators at the imperial kilns in the early Yongzheng reign; and a ‘peony’ ogee-form bowl and cover (estimate: £10,000–15,000), likely to have been made in the early 18th century within the Imperial Palace Workshops in the Forbidden City. Painted enamel was a European technique, which was introduced to China in the Kangxi period (1662-1722). The bowl emphasises the technical sophistication in the workshops and the cultural and artistic exchange between China and Europe in the 18th century.

In addition to the live auction, The Soame Jenyns Collection of Japanese and Chinese Art online will offer a superb selection of Japanese lacquer and porcelain including a rare and important Kutani fan box, dating to the Edo period (mid-17th century) (estimate: £20,000-30,000), alongside Kakiemon and Arita ceramics and porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties including wucai, blue and white, and enamelled ceramics.

The highlight of the jade offering comprises the collection of Chinese hardstone carvings from the late John Pearce (1918-2017), purchased from the renowned Chinese art dealer, T. Y. King, in the 1950s and 1960s. Born into a family with a rich Hong Kong heritage, John Pearce was appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by George VI for his intelligence work during the Second World War. He was a prominent businessman and became a noted bloodstock breeder and racehorse owner. For forty years he lived at the Hong Kong Mandarin Oriental hotel, where he amassed an impressive collection of art. The collection is led by a large white jade cranes group from the Qianlong period (1736-1795) (estimate: £30,000-50,000). Skillfully executed as a larger and a smaller crane grasping a leafy peach branch, the details of their feathers are finely incised. The imagery of cranes and peaches portrays a wish for longevity, with both symbols closely associated with the Immortal, Shoulao, the God of Longevity. In Chinese mythology, peaches give long life to whomever consumes them, and hence are heavily featured in imagery associated with Immortals and other legendary figures. The collection also presents a greenish-white jade ‘Mythical Beast’ vase (estimate: £15,000–20,000). Dating to the 18th century, the impressive vessel is carved as a baluster vase which forms the body of a bixie, considered to have the power to dispel evil. Additional works from the collection include a greenish-white jade square-section brush pot, Bitong, 18th century (estimate: £10,000–15,000).  Standing on four ruyi-form feet, each side is carved with a panel depicting a different scene of a seated scholar in a pavilion, a cowherd, a fisherman, and a farmer, all in a natural landscape.

A magnificent sancai and blue-glazed pottery figure of a guardian warrior dating to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) (estimate: £150,000 – 250,000) will also be offered. The guardian is modelled with an unglazed head, bearing a fierce expression. These large sancai tomb figures were the preserve of the Tang elite, and indeed some of the kilns producing them have been linked to the court. The current figure would have been particularly valuable since it has been decorated with a generous amount of blue glaze. In Tang times the cobalt used to create the blue glaze was imported into China and was expensive and used sparingly, unless the family commissioning the sancai ware belonged to the highest echelons of society.

The sale will also present outstanding examples of huanghuali furniture including a rare pair of huanghuali horseshoe-back armchairs, Quanyi, (17th to 18th century) (estimate: £100,000-200,000), alongside important archaic bronzes and works by leading modern Chinese painter Qi Baishi (1863-1957).

The auctions will be held during Asian Art in London 2018 (AAL), which takes place from 1st to 10th November.

Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· – 20 November 2018

Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· – 20 November 2018

      Christie’s will hold a landmark auction celebrating Annabel’s, 44 Berkeley Square ·1963–2018· on 20 November 2018. The legendary destination of royalty, fashion icons, recording stars and Hollywood greats alike, from Kate Moss to Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, to Jack […]

Christie’s collaborates with Mark-Francis Vandelli to curate ‘The Collector’ auctions in London

Christie’s collaborates with Mark-Francis Vandelli to curate ‘The Collector’ auctions in London

Christie’s collaborates with Mark-Francis Vandelli to curate The Collector London Sales Christie’s will present the autumn edition of The Collector sales on 13 and 14 November in London; an array of decorative arts and furniture ranging across: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art; European […]

Frieze London 2018

Frieze London 2018

Marco Grassi

Regent’s Park

4–7 October 2018

Article by Emma-Louise O’Neill

Emmanuelle R
Ilhwa Kim
Duddells

Housed in a gargantuan tent in leafy Regents Park, the world-renowned Frieze art fair presents a week-long resplendent showcase of international art, supported by Frieze Masters. Alongside the main event, satellite fairs and events take place across London, spanning exhibitions, installations and late-night openings. Here are five unmissable events for art collectors and enthusiasts alike, taking place during Frieze Week in London.

Q V A N T U M, House of Fine Art

Zhuang Hong Yi

The House of Fine Art in Mayfair is bolstering its cryptocurrency crown with a new exhibition of work, available to buy using digital currency. World-acclaimed international artists including Zhuang Hong Yi, Joseph Klibansky, Emmanuelle Rybojad and Maxim Wakultschik. Valued at £115 million, it is thought to be the world’s most expensive art collection available to buy through all cryptocurrencies supported by the Uphold platform.

Liu Bolin and Ruinart Champagne, Frieze Art Fair

Whilst navigating the main Frieze art fair, look out for Liu Bolin’s collaborative project with Ruinart champagne. The renowned Chinese artist has created eight champagne-themed artworks, which elegantly place Ruinart protagonists within creative settings.

Laure Prouvost, Frieze Art Fair

As part of the Frieze Live programme, Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost will present a live piece of work incorporating an opera singer. The singer will perform fragments of private conversation overheard during the fair, highlighting themes of free thought and data protection.

Oh my Toy by Michael Lau, Duddell’s 

Hailed as the ‘Godfather of Designer Toys’, Michael Lau is known for his distinctive illustration and three-dimensional toy figures. A new exhibition of work will be displayed at Duddell’s Cantonese restaurant, which is set in the former St. Thomas’ church in London Bridge.

PAD (Pavilion of Art and Design), Berkeley Square

Also taking place during Frieze Week is PAD London. Set in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square, the decorative-arts fair presents an array of art, photography, sculpture, and design from an international roster of acclaimed galleries.



A Masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England

A Masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck – Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England

A MASTERPIECE BY SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK Portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of King Charles I of England   *One of the most important European Royal Portraits to come to auction for a generation* *Commissioned to celebrate the crucial alliance between the British crown & […]

London START Art Fair to celebrate Chinese Contemporary Art

London START Art Fair to celebrate Chinese Contemporary Art

      London to celebrate Chinese Contemporary Art announced their 2018 Project will feature China’s most boundary-breaking talents; an exhibition which will be co-curated by world-renowned Johnson Chang and the China Academy of Art in celebration of the academy’s 90th year. London, START Art […]

‘THE EDIT’ exhibition at HOFA Gallery, Mayfair LONDON

‘THE EDIT’ exhibition at HOFA Gallery, Mayfair LONDON

‘THE EDIT’ exhibition at HOFA Gallery, Mayfair LONDON (4th July to 8th August 2018)

 

The House of Fine Art is celebrating what has been a fantastic year of expansion. Following the success of their first gallery in London, they have since opened a gallery in the stunning location of Psarou Beach in Mykonos, a third gallery in Mayfair and have now taken their brand to the US, with a gallery in the plush setting of West Hollywood.

 

HOFA already has a huge reputation for showcasing the work of some of the best artists in the world and this growth will ensure that even more art collectors and appreciators will be able to visit the exclusive exhibitions that HOFA are so renowned for.

 

To mark the opening of the new Mayfair gallery, a summer exhibition titled ‘The Edit’ will be taking place from 4 July – 8 August 2018. This second location in London really makes a statement – the newly renovated, charismatic Victorian gallery space is situated at 58 Maddox St crossing with Bond St. It is a very fitting home for some remarkable pieces of art, produced by world-class artists.

 

‘The Edit’ exhibition will feature some of the most talented artists across the world right now. Headline artists include Romina Ressia, Tian, Robert Standish and Marco Grassi. Each artist brings their own very unique creativity to the exhibition, which will include a combination of sculptures, paintings and mixed media.
 

Introducing the headline artists

Tian graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1997, specialising in printmaking and working for some time as a photographer. His work stems from the notion of a utopian vision for his Chinese nation.

Romina Ressia is an Argentinian artist with a background in fashion photography. Her main influences come from classic paintings and she is famed for her anachronisms and the use of the absurd/irony to approach modern issues.

Introducing the headline artists

Tian graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in 1997, specialising in printmaking and working for some time as a photographer. His work stems from the notion of a utopian vision for his Chinese nation.

Romina Ressia is an Argentinian artist with a background in fashion photography. Her main influences come from classic paintings and she is famed for her anachronisms and the use of the absurd/irony to approach modern issues.

Marco Grassi is a well-established Italian artist who has produced some intense female portraits. His work has been exhibited at top international fairs such as Art Basel and the Moscow Art Fair.

Robert Standish is an American artist from LA who has received high acclaim from several top publications including FlashArt magazine for his art. Some of his works are displayed in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the new West Hollywood gallery will give him further profile to showcase his amazing collection.

TIAN YONGHUA
Wave 2
Stainless steel.
42 x 35 x 60 cm
Edition of 8

 

NEMO JANTZEN
Comic Relief, 2018
Original photography with resin on wood.
121 x 146 cm, 3cm domes
ROMINA RESSIA
Pop-Corn
Archival pigment print.
50 x 100 cm
Edition 3 of 3
MARCO GRASSI
The Silver Experience, 2018
Oil on aluminium and resin.
100 x 100 cm
Classic Week Overview – London, 3 to 12 July

Classic Week Overview – London, 3 to 12 July

 Christie’s Classic Week sales in July present a vibrant array works of art dating from antiquity to the 20th century.  Spanning 14 auctions in total, remarkable lots with extraordinary provenance will be offered across mediums, periods and price points. Works range from a rich offering […]

Christie’s Russian Art Sale

Christie’s Russian Art Sale

ENCHANTMENTS ACROSS THE AGES

– RUSSIAN ART AUCTION –

4 JUNE 2018, LONDON

 On 4th June, Christie’s Russian Art sale will offer a selection of works by numerous highly sought-after artists including Boris Grigoriev, Alexandre Iacovleff, Konstantin Somov, Nicholas Roerich, Dmitry Stelletsky and Yuri Annenkov. Session II will offer Russian Works of Art, including over forty works from the famous workshop of Fabergé, Imperial jewels, rare bronzes, Soviet Porcelain and works by the Imperial Porcelain Factory.

A highlight of the sale, Boris Grigoriev’s La Mère Agathe is one of the finest and most characteristic of Grigoriev’s Breton cycle paintings of the 1920s, which was exhibited at several major exhibitions including at the artist’s solo show in the New Gallery in New York (5th December 1924 – 2nd January 1925). As evident in the above painting, Grigoriev took care to capture his sitters and this work successfully conveys a strong sense of character in the elderly Breton woman (illustrated above, estimate: £250,000 – 350,000). Brittany, with its archaic cultural context, the crystalline clarity of medieval architectural forms, and the colourful richness of summer landscapes, provided Grigoriev with novel artistic materials, subjects, textures, and colours. Showcasing the painting at the 24th Annual International Exhibition in Pittsburgh in 1925 and subsequently at Grand Central Art Galleries in New York in 1926 cemented its success and attracted the attention of an illustrious collector called Edgar J. Kaufmann (1885-1955).


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