By Cliona Kil­roy of The Can­ter­bury Auc­tion Gal­leries

Kent Life - - Art News -

This month’s ob­ject rep­re­sents the proud­est mo­ment of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer thus far: hand­ing over an ex­cep­tion­ally rare Chi­nese wa­ter ves­sel to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Na­tional Mu­seum of China.

The cer­e­mony took place in front of the Am­bas­sador at the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Lon­don. Also present were of­fi­cials from China’s State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cul­tural Her­itage, who had flown from Bei­jing for the cer­e­mony. Known as a Tiger Ying be­cause its spout and cover are each cast with mod­els of the an­i­mal, the bronze ves­sel, made be­tween 2,000 and 3,500 years ago, sold for £410,000.

It had been sent for sale by the Kent de­scen­dants of Royal Marines Cap­tain Harry Lewis Evans, who was present when the em­peror’s Sum­mer Palace in Pekin (Bei­jing) fell to Bri­tish and French forces in 1860. It was pur­chased by an anony­mous Chi­nese bene­fac­tor who sub­se­quently do­nated it to the mu­seum, where it is now on pub­lic dis­play. Only six sim­i­lar ar­chaic ves­sels dat­ing from

X-RAY VI­SION

The new Process Gallery in Len­ham com­bines the work­ing stu­dio of artist Nick Veasey, a gallery space and later this year, sculp­ture gar­dens. As well as show­ing Veasey’s work, the gallery will in the fu­ture sup­port other con­tem­po­rary artists.

The Kent-based artist, whose pas­sion is for X-ray images, uses X-ray tech­nol­ogy to ‘strip back the lay­ers’ and show what is un­der the sur­face, ex­plor­ing our ob­ses­sion as a cul­ture with ex­ter­nal ap­pear­ances and un­der­min­ing their su­per­fi­cial value. the West­ern Zhou dy­nasty (1027-771 BC) ex­ist, five of which are al­ready in mu­se­ums.

One of the joys of the auc­tion process is unit­ing buy­ers and sellers, en­abling the for­mer to ac­quire rare and valu­able ob­jects that might oth­er­wise never be­come avail­able, while the lat­ter can be as­sured that prices achieved are the true value on the day. Con­tact us on 01227 763337 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

LOSS AND HOPE

Kent-based artist Do­minic Ke­shavarz, who makes pen and ink land­scapes of the Kent coun­try­side, and pho­tog­ra­pher Si­mon Ash­more have a joint show at Creek Cre­ative Gallery in Faver­sham, 18-30 March 2019.

The show will bring to­gether Si­mon’s blend­ing of mod­ern and tra­di­tional pho­to­graphic tech­niques and Do­minic’s draughts­man­ship in work that ex­plores themes of loss and hope, both per­sonal and en­vi­ron­men­tal.

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