27 July 2012

Antique Chinese Ewers

Ewers are both fascinating and intriguing objects.  They have been around for centuries and appear in many cultures worldwide.   A ewer is typically vase-like in shape with a spout for pouring and they are usually decorated. 

During the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) in China ewers were commonly associated with glazed earthenware and were popular works of art.  Many depicted scenes of the Silk Road, the great trading route that connected the East and West.  The Tang Dynasty is considered the 'golden age' of Chinese development and many decorative ewers displayed the cultural diversity found in Chinese cities such as Chang'an, the largest city in the world at the time.  Once reserved solely for the upper classes, ewers slowly became commonplace items available to many.

 A Rare Chinese Islamic-Shape Iron Red Ewer ca 1710, Kangxi (1662-1722). 
Available from Anita Gray.

 A Grand Chinese Blue & White Fluted Ewer and Cover. Kangxi (1662 – 1722). 
Available from Anita Gray.

Pair of Chinese Large Blue & White Ewers, c mid-17th Century.
Available from Guest & Gray.

18th Century Chinese Canton Persian Style Ewer.
Available from Jeremy Mason.

20 July 2012

Codex Indomitus

If you need an antidote to Olympic fever, why not visit Claudia Mele first major solo exhibition in the Gallery in 36 South Molton Lane. Codex Indomitus is a series of gold leaf and ink drawings based on chiaroscuro using gold leaves to accentuate the extreme contrasts of light and shade. Inspired by her journeys around the world, Claudia utilises themes found in untameable experiences as love, death and war. She uses myth, nature and specific cultural iconographies as a medium to depict the different phases of human endeavour.

'George and the dragon'

'Summer (and I am thinking of you)'


The exhibition runs from 19th July-11th August

36 South Molton Lane, W1K 5AB
Tube: Bond Street Station
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 12am-5pm

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