By Cliona Kilroy of The Canterbury Auction Galleries
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
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.
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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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