Art Mar­ket

Po­lit­i­cal tur­moil fails to dent another suc­cess­ful New York Asia Week

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Huon Mal­lalieu pre­views this year’s New York Asian Week

NEW YORK wel­comes Asian im­mi­grants: alas, we are un­likely to have any read­ers in to­day’s White House to shock with such a head­line. How­ever, this year’s Asia Week New York is the largest in the event’s seven-year his­tory, the orig­i­nal 16 deal­ers hav­ing grown to 50, plus five auc­tion­eers and 15 in­sti­tu­tions and mu­se­ums in New York and be­yond. Eigh­teen of the deal­ers are from abroad, of which half are Bri­tish.

This New York week is longer than a Euro­pean ver­sion, run­ning from March 9 to 19, but, then, such a range of ex­hi­bi­tions needs the ex­tra time. A com­pre­hen­sive guide is on http:// asi­aweekny.com.

Whether or not those other revered feet walked upon Eng­land’s pas­tures green, Vish­nus have left their trace in In­dia— places where they touched the earth are sa­cred. Lon­doner Francesca Gal­loway’s ‘Pa­hari Paint­ings from the Eva and Kon­rad Seitz Col­lec­tion’ at W. M. Brady & Co, 22 East 80th Street, in­cludes an un­for­get­table im­age of Vishnu’s feet (Fig 1) as ob­jects of wor­ship. The soles are decorated in gold with his weapons and sym­bols as­so­ci­ated with the de­ity: lo­tuses, a para­sol, a flag, a sun, a moon and a fish, among oth­ers. It dates from the early 19th cen­tury.

The St James’s dealer Lit­tle­ton & Hen­nessy is show­ing at the newly opened 24 E 84th Street branch of a close Lon­don neigh­bour, Daniel Crouch, the map- and book­seller. It has an elab­o­rate, 18th-cen­tury, 5in-high vase carved with writhing con­joined dragons in what is known as ‘wa­ter­melon’ tour­ma­line (Fig

5), so called be­cause each piece of the gem­stone con­tains green, red and white. They note that two- (or three-) coloured ‘tour­ma­line of such vi­brance and clar­ity is in­cred­i­bly hard to find. The crafts­man who made this piece al­most cer­tainly worked for the Qian­long em­peror, who de­manded the most ex­quis­ite works of art in porce­lain, bronze, jade and other pre­cious stones to be made for his court.’

At 23 ∕8in high, a neph­rite jade cup, in­laid with gold, sil­ver, di­a­monds, emer­alds and ru­bies (Fig 4) in Samira Inc’s ‘Jewelled Arts of Asia’ dis­play would surely be per­fect for one’s Fabergé egg. The Lon­don dealer, whose

prin­ci­pal spe­cial­i­ties are In­dian and Per­sian works of art, is show­ing at the W. Gra­ham Arader III Gal­leries, 29, E 72nd Street. This should not be con­fused with the Arader Gal­leries at 1016, Madi­son Av­enue, a map and print dealer with an ex­hi­bi­tion space in which Wal­ter Ararder will be show­ing Hi­malayan art.

Eric Zet­terquist, show­ing at 3, E 66th Street, of­fers Chi­nese and Viet­namese ce­ram­ics, among them high­lights from a dis­tin­her guished col­lec­tion. Al­though of Chi­nese ex­trac­tion, the Viet­namese Ly Dy­nasty (1009 to 1225) freed the coun­try from Chi­nese over­lord­ship. Ceramic styles mixed in­flu­ences from In­dian met­al­ware with those of early Song. This 75 ∕8in long oil lamp is mod­elled and carved as a par­rot (Fig 2) with par­tic­u­larly life­like feath­ers. It is cov­ered with a finely crack­led translu­cent glaze that pools to a pale green colour and is con­sid­ered un­usu­ally fine.

Pri­est­ley & Fer­raro from Lon­don is show­ing Chi­nese and Korean ce­ram­ics and works of art in the same build­ing.

A rar­ity among the Chi­nese ce­ram­ics with Jane Ka­han at The Mark Ho­tel on Madi­son Av­enue and E 77th Street, is a 13½in high black-glazed pear­shaped vase with ‘par­tridge feather’ splashes (Fig 3). It dates from the North­ern Song or Jin Dy­nas­ties at the turn of the 12th and 13th cen­turies.

Joan B Mirviss, of 39, E 78th Street, has nearly 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a lead­ing spe­cial­ist in Ja­panese arts. She not only spe­cialises in an­tique ce­ram­ics, ukiyo-e prints and paint­ings, but is also an en­thu­si­as­tic pro­po­nent of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese ceramic art. ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Time­less El­e­gance in Ja­panese Art’, cov­ers all these.

As ever with fair and ex­hi­bi­tion pre­views in this col­umn, it should be re­mem­bered that items of­fered for pub­lic­ity may be sold be­fore the event oc­curs. I had in­tended to high­light one of Mirviss’s ‘Eight Views of the Par­lour,’ about 1766, by Suzuki Harunobu, but it’s al­ready sold. In­stead, we il­lus­trate a 40in by 151 ∕4in scroll paint­ing in ink of Shoki the De­mon Queller by Shi­bata Zeshin, painted in 1886 when he was 80 (Fig 6).

Next week A Salon for the spring­time

Fig 1: Devo­tional Vishnu’s feet. With Francesca Gal­loway

Fig 4 be­low left: In­laid jade cup. With Samira Inc. Fig 5 be­low right: Rare ‘wa­ter­melon’ tour­ma­line carved vase

Fig 2: Oil lamp in the shape of a par­rot. With Eric Zet­terquist

Fig 3: Black­glazed vase with ‘par­tridge feather’ splashes. With Jane Ka­han

Fig 6 left: Scroll paint­ing of Shoki the De­mon Queller. With Mirviss

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