Coinciding with Asian Art in London (now until 14th November), Marchant has announced the exhibition and sale of ‘Jade’. This is Marchant’s 5th anniversary exhibition of jade, held every five years since 1995.
Celebrating 90 years in business this year, Marchant is a four generations family run. 90 pieces of jade are contained in the book, comprising vessels, animals, pendants, bracelets, buckles, snuff bottles and objects for the scholars’ desk.
Several are imperial and 4 pieces have imperial marks.
The front cover of the book is the Hodgson Rhyton, one of the most important jades Marchant has ever handled. It was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1975 in their famous exhibition, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages.
Published alongside the piece is related correspondence from Sir Harry Garner, the highly regarded academic and author on Chinese art.
Marchant publishes the names of collectors and original purchase invoices wherever possible. Every piece in the exhibition has provenance. This is of particular importance as knowing the history of a piece safeguards reputation and the clientele.
The jades date from the Song dynasty (960‐1279) to the Qing dynasty, with the majority from the Qianlong period (1736-1795).
Worthy of mention is a pair of white jade cups with their original stands in the form of lotus petals, dating from the 18th century. They come from an important private Swiss collection, purchased in the 1950’s.
The exhibition continues at 120 Kensington Church Street from now until Friday 20th November. A hardback fully illustrated book of the exhibition will be available in October.