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Magazine    November 2001

Ming novelties

Lacquer high-waist altar table, 15th- to 16th-century Chinese

Asian Art in London draws collectors and aficionados of all things Oriental and Indian to England for a week of special events, exhibitions and viewings at more than 50 of London’s specialist dealers between November 8 and 16.

The program, in its fourth year, takes on a royal tone the night of November 13, when a gala party, with a champagne reception in the Queen’s Gallery, recital in the King’s Gallery and dinner in the King’s Drawing Room, is held at Kensington Palace. (Mary II was said to be enchanted by Oriental works, which she avidly collected during her 32-year reign.)

Hong Kong dealer Grace Wu Bruce presents a small, but rare collection of Chinese lacquered furniture (above and below) from the late Ming and early Qing periods at her London gallery through December 15. The five examples of 16th- through mid-19th-century lacquered furniture on view at Grace Wu Bruce are the culmination of 15 years of sourcing and are, as she puts it, "exceptional examples ... that meet our criteria of form, craftsmanship and condition."

“This exhibition of red, black, gold and tortoiseshell lacquer, dalishi marble and ebony cabinets juxtaposed with the classic forms in huanghuali and zitan furniture will hopefully give visitors a more comprehensive glimpse into the elegance of the great mansions of the late Ming and early Qing periods,” says Bruce.

Other dealers with significant collections of furniture include Nicholas Grindley, Gordon Reece, Snow Lion and Soo San. Ceramics, works of art, textiles, cloisonné and metal work dominate the offerings of the rest of the exhibitors.

Ebony and dalishi marble display cabinets, 17th- to 18th-century Chinese

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