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Lending to a new exhibition on Hieronymous Bosch

Cross cultural influence & the international trade in luxury goods has been going on for centuries. Art historians are still surprised to see accurate representations of Middle Eastern & Asian objects in European paintings painted 5oo years ago or more. But it’s no surprise when one has an understanding of economics. We have just lent  … Read more

Visiting Oman’s New National Museum

Omani jewellery and other artefacts are becoming more popular with collectors and is emerging as a speciality for us. Accordingly, we have just visited Oman’s new National Museum in the capital Muscat. Many examples of local traditional dress & jewellery are on display in a magnificent, new, purpose-built building. The collection emphasises Oman’s tribal diversity  … Read more

Launch of ‘Desert Silver: Understanding Traditional Jewellery from the Middle East and North Africa’

Last night we hosted in the Gallery the London launch of the superb new edition of Desert Silver: Understanding Traditional Jewellery from the Middle East and North Africa by Sigrid van Roode, a Netherlands-based archaeologist and Egyptologist. The book provides an excellent overview of the silver jewellery worn and places it in the cultural, trade and migration  … Read more

Thanksgiving 2018

A very happy Thanksgiving to all our US clients wherever in the world you might be. Thanksgiving has its origins as a harvest festival with thanks being given for the bounty that the land had provided. Turkeys became synonymous with such bounty and now are central to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The example here is  … Read more

Recent Sales to Museums Worldwide

Museum sales are an important part of what we do. We sell to museums around the world, and in the last two months, we have sold, or are in the process of selling, these seven items to four  museums in Germany, the US & Singapore. In the last five or so years we have sold  … Read more

Visit by Author Paul Bromberg – Thai Silver

Paul Bromberg visited our gallery in London last week, ahead of the publication of his new book, Thai Silver and Nielloware, to be published in December by River Books. Paul, who is based in Bangkok, is a great friend. He is also a contributing editor of Arts of Asia magazine, and the editor of The  … Read more

SOAS ‘Silk Roads’ Visit

We hosted a visit to our gallery yesterday of around 30 wonderful students from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), part of University College London. The visit and talk was part of SOAS’s ‘Maritime Silk Route: Across the Seas of Asia’ course.  Items associated with trade and travel were examined with particular reference  … Read more

Chinese Temple Visit, Central London

More than 120,000 ethnic Chinese live in London (about 1.5% of the city’s population), where there has been a significant Chinese population since the 19th century. Mostly, they have come from the UK’s colonies and former colonies including Hong Kong, Malaysia & Singapore. So traditionally, the population has been mostly Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka & Teochiu.  … Read more

Our November Catalogue is Coming…

Our November monthly catalogue will be available from this coming Wednesday – October 31.  Receive our catalogues here if you don’t already (almost 10,000 collectors & curators do!) Forty new items will be added – from India, Indonesia, Ottoman Turkey, Tibet, Philippines & elsewhere, including the fine Indian gold earrings shown here. There will also be  … Read more

Visit by the Author Dawn Rooney

The marvellous Dawn Rooney, who is usually based in Bangkok, visited us in London this week. She is one of the finest writers on Southeast Asian art around. Her latest book, on Thai Bencharong porcelain and published by RiverBooks,  is shown here, along with several of Dawn’s past books. Dawn is a rare author in  … Read more