Not all eyes are focused on New York this week as London gets ready for its Asia Art Week which the Wall Street Journal summarizes nicely as:
More than 40 galleries, major auction houses and museums will work together during “Asian Art in London” (Nov. 4-13), an event that each year draws collectors, curators and scholars from around the world.
Art from more than 20 Asian countries will be offered, including Indian paintings, enamels and jewelry; Chinese porcelain, jade and textiles; and Japanese lacquer, screens and sculptural ornaments. Pieces will date from the ancient to the contemporary, priced in the thousands to the millions. […]
White jade is much in demand. Bonhams has on the catalog cover of its Chinese sale Nov. 11 an exceptionally rare white-jade seal that was commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799), who ruled China at a peak of its affluence. Bonhams says there is “tremendous interest” in the piece (estimate: £2 million-£3 million). The square seal is surmounted by a five-clawed dragon with menacing fangs. The seal’s inscription reads, “Self-strengthening never ceases.”
Asian Art Soars in London (Wall Street Journal)