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VOL 56 NO 6 NOVEMBER 2021

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REGULARS 3 Editor’s Welcome: Georgina Wroe introduces this month’s bumper Asian art issue

6 Antique News: All the latest from the world of fine art and antiques, as well as three must-see exhibitions

10 Your Letters: The best of this month’s postbag, including memories of a childhood fan club

12 Around the Houses: Our round-up of the lots making waves in the UK’s salerooms in recent weeks

20 Saleroom Spotlight: Behind the scenes at the sale of the contents of the Sitwell family’s manor house

A RECORD CERAMICS COLLECTION PEMBROKE TABLES UK’S BEST COLUMNISTS

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THE ASIAN ART ISSUE

IMPERIAL

REINS The mighty Tang horse and its unstoppable pulling power for Western collectors

DIFFICULT CHARACTERS

DECIPHERNG CHINESE MARKS

Plus:

MING’S DYNASTY: CHINA’S LEADING CERAMICIST

APPRECIATING THE SCHOLAR’S DESK MOSCOW MULES DISCOVER FABERGÉ’S CHARMING CARVED HARDSTONE ANIMALS

YEARS OF ASIAN ART IN THE UK 100

Celebrating the pioneering collectors through the decades

ALSO INSIDE Reflections on antique mirrors • Country house sale • Latest listings

COVERTang dynasty (618–907) a whinnying horse with saddle, image courtesy of Lam’s Gallery, Hong Kong

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34 Waxing Lyrical: David Harvey reflects on the enduring appeal of antique mirrors with a whistlestop tour of periods and styles

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44 Puzzle Pages: Test your antiques knowledge with two pages of brain teasers from Peter Wade-Wright

50 Without Reserve: Antiques Roadshow’s Lennox Cato puts Pembroke tables in the spotlight

56 Saleroom Spotlight: In our second behind-the-scenes preview, we celebrate a jaw-dropping auction of studio pottery this month

63 Profile: Antique’s Roadshow’s Siobhan Tyrrell on her new role as an auctioneer and valuer

69 Top of the Lots Jewellery: Two bracelets with impeccable royal provenances go on sale in Geneva

70 Top of the Lots: 18th-century porcelain scent bottles go under the hammer, as well as a number of Asian pieces

THIS MONTH

72 Book Offers: Start your Christmas shopping with the latest bargains from our sister publisher ACC Art Books

75 Fairs Calendar: The latest events around the UK

76 Auction Calendar: Never miss another sale with our up-to-date listings from the UK’s salerooms 82 Marc My Words: Antiques Roadshow’s Marc Allum reflects on our insatiable appetite for Asian art

FEATURES 16 Looks Famille: Natalie Merchant on what makes famille verte such an attractive ceramics style

22 Ming’s Dynasty: An exclusive interview with one of China’s most celebrated contemporary ceramicists – Bai Ming

28 Freedom Fighters: Why abolitionist artefacts, including Wedgwood’s famous medallion, are making waves at auction rooms around the world

36 Making a Mark: Gerald Davison’s guide to deciphering seemingly impenetrable Chinese marks

40 Hot Desks: Collecting scholar’s desk pieces has never been more exciting, writes Lazarus Halstead

46 Animal Magic: Quirky and charming: some 20 hardstone carved animals by Fabergé come up for sale

52 Stable Returns: Allen Wang takes up the charge for Tang horses

58 Porcelain Miles: How chinoiserie Meissen porcelain once stolen by the Nazis has made its way home to a Dutch museum

64 Eastern Eyes: Sarah Wong celebrates 100 years of the influential Oriental Ceramics Society

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