Bonhams will host a special evening of events at the New Bond Street salerooms on Monday 7 November, to mark the beginning of Asian Art week in London. John Ayers – the celebrated expert on Chinese art – will launch his latest book, Chinese and Japanese Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen. Nicole Kritzinger's highly anticipated book, The Youxiantang Collection of Chinese Art, South Africa will also be launched, and the author will be present for a book signing. To round off the evening, Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams UK and Asia and the Global Head of Asian Art, will give the annual Bonhams Oriental Ceramic Society Lecture, entitled 'Bond Street Blues: The Victorian Passion for 'Nankin' '. Drinks will commence at 5:30pm and the lecture will be from 6pm to 7.15.pm. The salerooms will be open until 7.30pm for specially extended previews of the Bonhams Asian Art sales: Fine Chinese Art, Fine Japanese Art, The Julius and Arlette Collection of Fine Netsuke, and The Ethereal Brush: Important Japanese Paintings from a London Collection.
John Ayers: 'Chinese and Japanese Art in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen', 3 vols, Royal Collections Trust, £150.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OFFERED AT THIS LAUNCH: £120 (display copies available)
Nicole Kritzinger: The Youxiantang Collection of Chinese Art, South Africa
Price £150. The author will be present (display copies available)
THE ANNUAL BONHAMS ORIENTAL CERAMIC SOCIETY LECTURE
Drinks: 5:30 p.m. Lecture 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonham's United Kingdom and Asia, and Global Head of Asian Art.
'Bond Street Blues: The Victorian passion for 'Nankin' '
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of a small but significant event for British collectors of Chinese porcelain. The young scion of a Dutch art-dealing family, Joel Duveen, arrived in Hull and embarked upon a career of selling (among much else) Kangxi blue and white porcelain, to a new generation of rich and fashionable British buyers. Although his arrival (bringing this traditional Dutch taste) did not initiate the Victorian vogue for 'Nankin', it did mark the re-emergence of a taste for fine Kangxi 'blue and white'. This became in mid/late Victorian London the last flicker of the passion for 'blue China' that had fired British buyers a century and a half earlier. It was an enthusiasm which owed nothing to emerging knowledge about the classical Chinese ceramic tradition, antedating the Western scholarship and railway excavations which would reveal China's older ceramic cultures. This lecture will be held appropriately in Bond Street, the Victorian heartland of 'Nankin' trading, exactly where the dealers driving and educating this old-fashioned market were clustered. It will discuss some of the dealers who scoured Britain and the Netherlands for this antique blue and white; introduce a gallery of British collectors whose enthusiasm pushed up prices to unprecedented levels; and reflect on cultural taste-setters like Rossetti, Whistler and Wilde, whose approval gave 'Nankin blue and white' a particular social cachet.
Colin Sheaf is Chairman of Bonhams UK and Asia, and head of the auction house's global Asian art department. He has long taken a particular interest in the social and historical context of collecting Chinese ceramics in Britain since the 16th century. His personal friendships with heirs to some of the great British collections have enabled him to recreate the contemporaneous circumstances when many lost (and a few surviving) collections were assembled. He has become particularly drawn to the mid-Victorian vogue for 'Nankin', a short-lived but uniquely British phenomenon.
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Booking is recommended for this lecture. Please book with Dr. Edward Luper, Chinese Art Department at Bonhams at email@example.com or tel. 0207 468 5887.
SPECIALLY EXTENDED EVENING PREVIEWS UNTIL 7.30
FINE CHINESE ART
FINE JAPANESE ART
THE JULIUS AND ARLETTE KATCHEN COLLECTION OF FINE NETSUKE: PART 1
THE ETHEREAL BRUSH: IMPORTANT JAPANESE PAINTINGS FROM A LONDON COLLECTION
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com