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



Available for Pre-Order: The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art Volume: XVII. The Art of Adornment, Jewellery of the Islamic Lands, Parts 1 and 2

The Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art Volume: XVII.

Spink, Michael et al.:  The Art of Adornment, Jewellery of the Islamic Lands, Parts 1 and 2.  London: 2013.  702 pp., numerous colour illustrations throughout. Cloth, 35.5 x 22.5cms.

Catalogue of some 600 pieces from the important collection of Islamic jewellery including facial ornaments, pendants, bracelets, ring fingers, necklaces, amulets, brooches and belts. Examples span the 7th to 20th centuries, in gold, silver and copper alloy, and from across Eurasia, Africa, Malaysia and Spain.

£ 125.00, released 30th June 2013. To order please e-mail









Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds


Exclusive Title: Makariou, Sophie (Ed.):  Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre.  Paris: 2012. 547pp., with 302 colour illustrations. Boards, 29 x 25cms.

A catalogue published to coincide with the opening to the public of the Louvre’s new Islamic galleries, following 4 years of refurbishment. The rich collection of Islamic art within them spans 1,300 years and three continents, from Spain to northern India. More than 400 exceptional works are presented by curators and scientists from the department, chronologically and thematically arranged into poetry and prose, ornament, architecture, ruler’s commissions, and others, also including a chapter dedicated to the art of the book. Includes 15 chronological maps and an extensive bibliography of sources and studies.

Kuhnel, Ernst:  Die Islamischen Elfenbeinskulpturen. VIII.-XIII. Jahrhundert.  Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1971. 104pp plus vii, 112pp monochrome illustrations. Wrappers, and loose, as issued in publisher’s portfolio. 47x37cms.

Huge survey, spanning Islam over five centuries, covering early Islamic, Hispano-Moresque, Saracenic, Fatimid and Sicilian cultures. With critical catalogue of 141 examples. Important reference work. With: index of sources and treasuries; locational index; previous collections; list of illustrations; bibliography.  Text in German.

Advance Copy: Curtis, John:  The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: a New Beginning for the Middle East. Exhibition: Houston, Museum of Fine Arts; Los Angeles, Getty Museum; New York, Metropolitan Museum; San Francisco, Asian Art Museum and Washington, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 144 pp., colour illustrations throughout. Cloth, 28.5 x 23cms.

Catalogue of the touring exhibition exploring the British Museum’s Cyrus Cylinder, dating to the Persian king Cyrus’s conquest of Babylon in the 6th century BC, also enshrining the decree by which Cyrus freed the Jews from captivity in Babylon.

Porter, Venetia:  Metalwork and Material Culture in the Islamic World: Art, Craft and Text.  2012. 544pp. Cloth, 24.6 x 17.2cms.
095704   £ 65.00