Asian Art at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions – London's Asian Art Week

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Bloomsbury Auctions - Asian: Books, Prints & Posters - 10th November

Dreweatts - Asian Ceramics & Works of Art - 14th November

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions are offering an eclectic mix of artefacts as well as books, prints, maps and posters to coincide with London's Asian Art Week in early November. There will be a preview of the highlights at Bloomsbury House from Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November and the sales will be held shortly after at Dreweatts in Donnington Priory, Berkshire and Bloomsbury House in Maddox Street, central London.

Dreweatts’ sale of Asian Ceramics and Works of Art embraces a variety of privately owned pieces, such as a handsome blue and white Kangxi brush pot depicting sages in a mountain landscape with trees (estimate £7,000-10,000 – lot 140) and a famille verte rouleau vase of the same period, painted with a continuous equestrian battle scene of warriors in a mountain landscape (estimate £6000-8000 – lot 149).

‘English country house taste’ Chinese mirrors continue to prove popular and the circa 1800 example at Dreweatts, depicts a group seated at a table in the open air with musicians (lot £5000-7000 - lot 3). Collectors of Japanese Meiji period bronzes will not be disappointed; of particular interest is the signed Miyao bronze figure of a standing warrior (possibly intended for Tokugawa Ieyasu) holding his baton of office and a fan, and wearing full armour over which is a haori decorated with a dragon above waves (estimate £3000-5000 – lot 260).

Bloomsbury Auctions has a varied span of books and works on paper dating from 16th – 20th century, encompassing the Persian Library of Mehti Mahboubian and Chinese posters from the Cultural Revolution. As always, Bloomsbury will have an interesting selection of travel books including the chromolithographed folio by Amedeo Preziosi, Stanboul: Souvenir d’Orient of 1865 (estimate £8000-12000 – lot 113). Preziosi was a Maltese artist resident in Constantinople, who became very popular amongst the European community for his watercolours of the bazaars and streetsellers of Cairo and Constantinople. Bloomsbury Auctions will also be offering a magnificent limited edition set (number 154 of 250 copies) of Henri-René d’Allemagne’s Khorassan au Pays des Backhtiaris, Trois Mois de Voyage en Perse (estimate £4000-5000 – lot 149). Each of the four volumes is bound in navy blue morocco, richly tooled in gilt with designs representing a Persian garden reminiscent of 18th and 19th century Persian carpets, with flower beds intersected by canals with fishes.

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Viewing at Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP

Bloomsbury Auction’s Sale of Asia: Books, Prints & Posters

Dreweatts’ Sale of Asian Ceramics & Works of Art (highlights only)

Tuesday 8th November: 9.30am – 8pm

Wednesday 9th November: 9.30am – 5pm

Viewing at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berks RG14 2JE
Dreweatts’ Sale of Asian Ceramics & Works of Art only

Thursday 10th November: 12.00pm – 5.30pm

Friday 11th November: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 12th November: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Monday 14th November: from 8.30am

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Bloomsbury Auctions: 0207 495 9494

Dreweatts: 01635 553553

Dreweatts - 20 October 2011