Treasures from the Al Thani Collection. Exhibitions held in The Palace Museum, Beijing, 2018.

This three-volume set covers two exhibitions held in the Meridian Hall Galleries of the Forbidden City in Beijing in 2018. The exhibitions are a monumental survey of pieces from the Al Thani Collection together with very prestigious loans from the al-Sabah and Ortiz collections and the Fabergé Museum.

The first volume of the set documents the exhibition “The Gems and Jewels of India”. It is split into different sections including: The Mughal Treasury; Dynastic Gem and Jewels; Objects of Jade and Rock Crystal; Objects in Gold and Enamel; Regalia and Jewelled Ornaments; Cartier and the Great European Jewellers, and, finally, Contemporary Creations.

The second and third volumes both document a second exhibition, held in 2018, entitled “Masterpieces from a Royal Collection”. Volume II focuses on ‘The Ancient World’ and ‘The Wider World’. The former includes Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Mesopotamian and Iranian works as well as Central Asian treasures, whilst the latter has objects from China, Pre- Columbian Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific.

Volume III is split more specifically into ‘The Islamic World’ and ‘The European World’. Each theme is further devided into sub sections which cover all aspects of art including Manuscripts, Miniatures, Metalwork and Textiles, or Medieval Reliquaries, Limoges Enamels, Renaissance Jewellery, Rock Crystal and Wunderkammer objects, Silver, Jewellery (Cartier, Melerio, Chaumet, Bolin) and 54 pieces by Fabergé.

Text in English and Chinese.


Price:   £350.00  ISBN 9787513410977

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Islam e Firenze. Arte e Collezionismo dai Medici al Novecento. Exhibition: Florence, The Uffizi and The Bargello. 2018.

All aspects of Islamic art and its influences in, and on, Florence from the early Renaissance period up to the modern era are covered in this survey, dual venue, exhibition curated by Giovanni Curatola.

The catalogue includes essays on Islamic objects depicted in Florentine art during the Renaissance, near Eastern ceramics imported into Florence and its influence on local production, Islamic metalwork in Italy up to the end of the 16th century, Florentine and Islamic textiles, the collecting of carpets and a study of the Islamic arms in the Medici armoury.


351 pages with over 450 colour illustrations

Text in Italian.

117853   £ 50.00

ISBN 9788809869424

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Treasures from the Al Thani collection.

The Palace Museum and The Al Thani Collection. Exhibition: Beijing, Palace Museum, 2018. Two concurrent exhibitions in the Meridian Hall Galleries of the Forbidden City.

Exhibition 1. The Gems and Jewels of India

Volume I. 399 pages.

Exhibition 2. Masterpieces from a Royal Collection

Volumes II & III. 751 pages.

A lavishly illustrated three volume set bound with stiff paper covers in two slipcases. A monumental survey of pieces from the Al Thani Collection together with a very few select loans.

Text in English and Chinese.

117863  £ 350.00



New publication on Islamic arms and armour: Presentation arms from Algier to Tunis

Gold and Coral: Presentation arms from Algier to Tunis, by Niels Arthur Andersen

An in-depth survey of the Islamic arms and armour presented to Western kings and rulers in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, now housed in museum and private collections in Europe and America. Each is fully catalogued with provenance and detailed colour illustrations.

Gold & Coral

Copenhagen: 2014. 256 pages, fully illustrated in colour. 17.5 x 24.5cms.


Price: £ 72.00

Gold Coral 3

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Islamic Art – a Selection of Recent Titles

Image (99) Hillenbrand, Robert:  Studies in the Islamic Arts of the Book.  London: 2012. 556 pages, with 256 illustrations. Hardback.

A collection of articles on Persian book painting between the 14th and early 16th centuries. Essays cover the aesthetic relationship between painting, calligraphy and luxury ceramics, Islamic bookbinding and the various ways the Shahnama (The Book of Kings) has been interpreted. £ 150.00

Image (100)Mcwilliam, Mary (ed.):  In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art.  Cambridge Mass.: 2013. 304 pages, with 309 colour illustrations. Hardback. 32.5 x 24cms.

Embraces Persian ceramics, album painting and calligraphy including illustrations of the Shahnama (Book of Kings). Also with 9 essays discussing topics such as figuration in Iranian ceramics and the calligraphic line in Safavid drawings. £ 55.00

Image (98)Spallanzani, Marco:  Vetri islamici a Firenze nel primo Rinascimento.  Genoa: 2012. 106pages, with 30 colour illustrations. Cloth, 21 x 31cms.

A catalogue of Islamic glass from Renaissance Florence, documenting fourteen pieces compiled from private and public collections around the world. Includes a discussion of written and visual sources, the functions and patrons of the works, and an appendix on mediaeval gilded glass.  Text in Italian. £ 60.00

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New in stock today: God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty . The Object in Islamic Art and Culture

god is beautifulBlair, Sheila S., and Jonathan Bloom:  God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty . The Object in Islamic Art and Culture.

2013. 496 pages, with 400 colour and 20 monchrome illustrations. Hardback. 29 x 23cms.

Celebrates 12 masterpieces from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar,  which represent various centres of Islamic life from early Spain to 17th-century India, across a range of media including textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and miniature paintings.

£ 45.00

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