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Asian Art in London – 10th year

Asian Art in London is an annual event which unites London’s leading Asian art dealers, major auction houses and societies in a series of gallery selling exhibitions, auctions, receptions, lectures and seminars. These are complemented by exhibitions at the leading museums. This is its tenth year and it runs from 1 – 10 November 2007.

There’s a wide variety of galleries and dealers participating, and many of them claim to be showing some Korean work. Similarly, if you visit the Asian Art in London site and search for “Korea”, there’s quite a long list potential buying opportunities. I emailed the dealers who came up on the list, and whittled the list down to the following who really do have Korean work for sale during that week:

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David Baker Oriental Art
29 New Bond Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7493 5165

David Baker will have a small group of Korean ceramics and works of art from the Koryo and Chosen periods. Pieces will be available from a few hundred pounds for representative ceramics from both periods. The show opens on Monday 5th November at 5 pm and runs throughout Asia Week when the gallery will be open from 10 am to 6 pm. Here’s a foretaste of the Korean work:

Korean ceramics for sale at David Baker Oriental Art

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Gregg Baker Tiger screenGregg Baker Asian Art
142 Kensington Church Street
W8 4BN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7221 3533

While Gregg Baker specialises mainly in Japanese and Chinese screens, he does have two Korean screens in stock at the moment.

Gregg Baker Plum Tree screen

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Water dropper - J.A.N. Fine ArtJ.A.N. Fine Art
132 – 134 Kensington Church Street
W8 4BH
Tel: +44 (0)20 7792 0736

J.A.N. will have a Choson blue and white bamboo decorated vase and a large waterdropper (above right), together with some scholars objects, such as seals and ink stones.

Here’s a Chosun dynasty wedding duck from the Korean page on their website:

Korean Wedding Duck from J.A.N. Fine Art

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101 New Bond Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 8248

Bonhams will have on Koryo and two Choson dynasty vases at their 5 November sale (no 14759), plus a 19th century “Korean School” landscape painting. Unfortunately last year’s contemporary Korean ceramics auction will not be repeated this year.

And finally, my own personal favourite…

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19th century wrapping cloth - Linda WrigglesworthLinda Wrigglesworth Ltd
By appointment only:
37C York Street
London W1H 1PW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 8990

Linda Wrigglesworth specialises in Chinese, Tibetan and Korean costume and textiles, and has now branched out into designing modern clothes which draw their inspiration from the far east. She will be showing some fine hanbok, some 19th century wrapping cloths (pojagi – example above right) and the thing I have my own eye on, a 19th century yangban’s robe:

19th century Yangban's robe - from Linda Wrigglesworth


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