Welcome to our Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter

  The Sun is finally shining here in London. The European Championships are in full swing, Glastonbury opens its gates next week and Wimbledon begins a few days later. Our long-awaited UK Summer has finally arrived and with it, our second Oriental Art Newsletter of the year. This edition is full of fascinating articles inspired by our collection of Chinese and Japanese Fine Art and Antiques. We re-tell two popular Japanese folk-tales, showcase three very special Japanese Meiji-era works of art and offer a virtual look inside the gallery displaying some of our recently added items along with a sneak...

Based on English Renaissance and Mannerist designs, this example, with its solid, vigorous form enlivened by carving, has a commanding presence.

The History and Origins of Antique Desk Chairs

The History and Origins of Antique Desk Chairs Antique desk chairs, with their rich history and diverse styles, offer a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of furniture design and craftsmanship. From the grandiose and ornate to the sleek and functional, these chairs have not only served as essential pieces of office furniture but also as symbols of status, comfort, and innovation. In this blog post, we will explore the history and origins of antique desk chairs, highlighting famous styles, materials, and designers that have left an indelible mark on this fascinating piece of furniture. Early Beginnings: The Renaissance and Baroque...

Monumental Mid Century Art Deco Style Ballroom Chandeliers with AMAZING Provenance

WE HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE TO PRESENT TO YOU a selection of Monumental Mid Century Art Deco Style Ballroom Chandeliers with AMAZING Provenance. FROM THE ‘REGENCY BALLROOM’ OF THE FAIRMONT HOTEL IN DALLAS, TX – ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC HOTELS IN DALLAS We have 2 of the original 15 chandeliers in stock, that were iconic to the ‘Regency Ballroom’ and we are selling them individually or as a pair (if required). These are MONUMENTAL CHANDELIERS! Each is around 12 feet tall/long and has a base diameter of 7 feet. Made of brass and aluminum each has a brass ‘Crown’...

Maqbool Fida Husain Pen & Ink on Paper Untitled 1950

Maqbool Fida Husain Pen & Ink on Paper Untitled 1950

PRESENTING a GLORIOUS & IMPORTANT Contemporary piece of Art by probably the most recognized Indian Master – Maqbool Fida Husain – Pen & Ink on Paper Untitled 1950. Signed and dated 1950 on the bottom right. This piece has impeccable Provenance ! It was purchased by a Private Dallas Collector at Sotheby’s New York Auction on 20th September 2005. Sale No: 8111 Lot No. 246. Sotheby’s operate a twice yearly auction of Southeast Asian Art & Antiquities in New York in the months of March and September. This sale was titled “Indian and Southeast Asian Art”. The Lot is described...

Pair of Barcelona Lounge Chairs by Mies van der Rohe in Blue Leather

The Timeless Craftsmanship of Pierre Chapo (1927-1987)

The Timeless Craftsmanship of Pierre Chapo Pierre Chapo, a name synonymous with exceptional woodworking and minimalist design, left an indelible mark on the world of furniture design. His pieces, celebrated for their timeless elegance and meticulous craftsmanship, continue to inspire both designers and collectors. This blog post delves into the life, work, and philosophy of Pierre Chapo, exploring the evolution of his style, notable pieces, and the inspirations that shaped his unique approach to furniture making.   Early Life and Education Born in 1927 in Paris, Pierre Chapo grew up in an environment rich with artistic and architectural influence. His...

Antique Sofas and Settees: Decorating with Antiques

Antique Sofas and Settees: Decorating with Antiques In the world of interior design today, there is a growing appreciation for the timeless beauty and character that antique furniture brings to a space. Among these treasured pieces, antique sofas and settees stand out as particularly captivating. Not only do they pay homage to the past, but they also offer a rich history and a unique aesthetic that modern furniture often can’t replicate. Let’s explore the many benefits of incorporating these vintage sofas and settees into your home. Antique Sofas: A Nod to History One of the most profound reasons to include...

Styles Of Indian Paintings

Styles Of Indian Paintings

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“The Monkey and the Crab”: Our re-telling of the popular Japanese legend

“The Monkey and the Crab”: Our re-telling of the popular Japanese legend

  Inspired by our Featured Work of Art for May 2024, here is an abridged telling of the popular Japanese legend, “The Monkey and the Crab.” As always with our blogs and stories, you can click on any of the images to take a closer look.       There was once a Monkey and a Crab who lived near each other on the seashore. The Monkey lived in a fine Maple tree whilst the Crab resided in a hole beneath a rock. One day they met upon the seashore. The Monkey was crouched on the sand eating a ripe...

“The Crane and the Turtle”: Re-telling this popular story, as we mark International Turtle Day

  It was “International Turtle Day” earlier this week, so we thought it a great opportunity to tell the tale of the “Crane and the Turtle”, another one of our favourite Japanese legends. We hope you enjoy the read… (As always, you can click on any of the images to take a closer look) Many centuries ago, the rains fell without pause for many days and nights and soon the countryside became completely flooded.     The Crane took to the air, as the land he had been living on had disappeared under the water. The Crane flew for hours...

RARE 19C French Napoleon III Ladies Vanity Table

PRESENTING a GLORIOUSLY RARE and VERY HIGH QUALITY 19C French Napoleon III Rare Ladies Make-up Table or Vanity. Not many of these EXCEPTIONAL Tables have survived and even fewer with the QUALITY of this one! Made circa 1860, during the Reign of Emperor, Napoleon III. Made of Ebony, with inlaid brass, ormolu mounts, light walnut inlay, abalone and mother of pearl inlay. The table top, is simply GORGEOUS! It has a highly intricate and high quality ‘knot twist interlocking’ design, consisting of inlaid brass, light walnut, abalone and mother of pearl stringing and flowers/stars. The central medallion is similarly inlaid...