New Catalogue: Ai Weiwei @ Helsinki

Ai Weiwei0001Running parallel to Ai Weiwei’s major retrospective at the Royal Academy in London, this exhibition takes wood as its theme – a significant material in both Chinese and Finnish culture. Presents 27 works in total – from the 1980s to today – with two new works ‘White House’ and ‘Garbage Container’ on display for the first time. This not only marks the artist’s first solo show in Finland, but the reopening of the Helsinki Art Museum. Includes a fascinating essay on the roots of Ai Weiwei’s art in Dadaism.

Publication details as follows:

Tanninen-Mattila, Maija, Erja Pusa, Heli Harni and Pertti Seppala:  Ai Weiwei @ Helsinki.  Exhibition: Helsinki, HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, 2015. Edition limited to 700 copies. 135 pages, illustrated throughout in colour. Paperback. 24 x 30cms.  £ 38.00

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Book of the Week: Qing Dynasty Zitan Furniture in the Collection of Spring Longevity Hall

Zitan screen A lavishly produced volume on the fine private collection of Tang Chunshou, including screens, chairs, tables and boxes with inlaid decoration in coloured ivory, jade and semi-precious stones.


Hu Desheng 胡德生:  Qing Dynasty Zitan Furniture in the Collection of Spring Longevity Hall. Splendors from a Flourishing Age. 盛世华彩:春寿堂藏清代紫檀家具珍品. Beijing: 2012. 354 pages, with full page colour plates throughout. Hardback, boxed. 43.5 x 32cms.  Text in Chinese.
£ 210.00


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The First Monet Exhibition in China

Monet Exhibition, Shanghai

The first exhibition devoted to the works of Claude Monet in mainland China opened on Saturday and runs until the 15th June 2014 in the KII Art Mall, Shanghai. With major loans from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, the exhibition presents 40 paintings by the artist along with 12 works by his contemporaries. The exhibition marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between China and France and evidences the increasing interest of the Chinese in Impressionist painting.

A bilingual catalogue accompanies the exhibition:

99616Master of Impressionism: Claude Monet. 印象派大师:莫奈. Exhibition: Shanghai, Chi Space, 2014. 209 pages. Hardback. 31.5 x 25.5cms.  Text in English and Chinese.
£ 89.00

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Book of the Week: Passion for Porcelain. Masterpieces of Ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum

97158The English language catalogue of a major loan exhibition at the National Museum of China which brings together 148 pieces from two of the world’s most important collections. It includes material from the Song to Qing Dynasty as well as examples of European porcelain based on Chinese prototypes including an example of the exceedingly rare Medici porcelain.
Thoroughly researched it includes sections which discuss Ming export ceramics, armorial porcelain, Western designs of Chinese export ware, Western copying of Chinese porcelain, Chinoisorie, European mounting of Chinese porcelain and collection patterns in Europe.

Lu Zhangshen (ed.):  Passion for Porcelain: Masterpieces of Ceramics from the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Exhibition: Beijing, National Museum of China, 2012. 409 pages, colour plates throughout. Paperback. 31 x 23cms.

£ 145.00

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Passion for Porcelain


New Title: Chinese Bronzes from the Meiyintang Collection

98378The most recent publication of the superlative European private collection, beautifully produced, illustrated and rigorously researched. Volume one is a supplement to the previous publication of the same name by Wang Tao, with a further examination of inscriptions, provenance, exhibition histories and publications. The second catalogues 50 new acquisitions from the Erlitou (1900 – 1500BC) and Erligang Periods (1500 – 1300BC) and discusses casting methods, shapes and the faking of archaic bronzes.

Publication details:

Deydier, Christian:  Chinese Bronzes from the Meiyintang Collection. 2 volumes. Hong Kong: 2013. 462 pages in all, colour plates throughout. Cloth in a slipcase. 37 x 26.5cms. £ 465.00

meiyintang - CopyThose who never got round to buying the first volume will be pleased to know that it is also available:

Wang, Tao:  Chinese Bronzes from the Meiyintang Collection.  London: 2009. 324 pp., with numerous full page colour illustrations. Cloth in a slipcase, 35.4 x 25.8cms.  Lavishly illustrated and thoroughly researched by respected scholar, Wang Tao, this catalogue records one of the most important collections of archaic Chinese Bronzes outside China, the great European Meiyintang collection of the Zuellig family. Includes Bronzes dating to the Shang, Zhou and Warring States periods.
095969   £ 465.00

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Two Exclusive New Titles on Song Ceramics

97532Priestley, David and Feng-Chun Ma:  Song Ceramics from the Van Hulten Collection.  Exhibition: Heerenveen, Museum Belvédère, 2013. 64 pages, with colour plates throughout. Edition limited to 350 copies. Hardback. 24.5 x 17cms.

Catalogue of 23 pieces with an introduction which draws connections between Western Modernism and the collecting of Song ceramics in the West.
£ 30.00

97054 (2)

Zhao Yang:  Beauty and Entirety: Ceramics of the Song Dynasty from the Palace Museum.  3 vols. Exhibition: Macau, Macau Art Museum, 2012. 492 pages in all, with over 550 colour plates and 280 black and white images. Cloth in a slipcase. 36 x 26cms.

187 examples of Imperial Ru, Jun. Guan, Ge, Ding and Jun ware as well as examples from private kilns are catalogued with photographs of top, side and bottom elevations as well as numerous close-ups.  Text in English, Chinese and Portuguese.
£ 198.00

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Asian Art in London

Thomas Heneage Art Books will be exhibiting a range of new and antiquarian Asian art reference books during Asian Art in London, from 31st October to 9th November 2013. Our weekend opening hours will be as follows:

Saturday, 2nd November 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday, 3rd November 11.00 – 21.00
Saturday, 9th November 11.00 – 18.00

We have also produced a catalogue of our stock of Chinese and other Asian Art books which is available to download here:

Asian Art in London - catalogue

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New Exhibition: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting: 700 – 1900


A rare chance to see important works of Chinese painting in London is offered by the Masterpieces of Chinese Painting exhibition at the V&A which opens this week. The exhibition runs until 19 January 2014 and the catalogue is currently in stock:

Zhang Hongxing (ed.): Masterpieces of Chinese Painting: 700 – 1900. Exhibition: London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 2013. 360 pp., numerous colour illustrations. Hardback. 28.7 x 24.7cms.

79 works are presented, ranging from the Tang Dynasty paintings from Dunhuang through to the Shanghai School of the 19th century. These include both figurative and landscape paintings lent from Chinese, American, European and Japanese museum collections in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK for over 40 years. Essays discuss the form and structure of Chinese paintings, their seals and inscriptions, conservation and the history of collecting Chinese paintings in the USA, Europe and China.  £ 40.00

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Republican Era Chinese Porcelain

With increasing recognition of the importance of Chinese porcelain dating from the Republican Era (1912 – 1949) there has never been a better time to make sure your library is well stocked on the subject.

Interest in the subject is hardly surprising. The involvement of literati painters in the decoration of porcelain meant the period saw important developments in ceramics despite the political turmoil across the country which severely limited the quantity produced.

New in stock:

97088Kwan, Simon:  Chinese Porcelain of the Republic Period.  Hong Kong: 2008. Series: The Muwen Tang Collection Series 6. 379 pages, numerous colour plates. Hardback. 30.5 x 23cms.  A detailed catalogue of the 167 pieces of Republican Era (1912-1949) porcelain from China. The introduction discusses the phenomena of literati painting of porcelain, 33 notable porcelain painters, imitations of the work of Giuseppe Castiglione and porcelain marks.  Text in English and Chinese.
£ 85.00

Useful visual references include:

Tie Yuan (ed.):  The Complete Collection of Porcelain of Jiangxi Province: Porcelain from the Years 1912 to 1949 (I) / (II).  Beijing: 2007. 248 pages per volume, numerous colour illustrations. Cloth in a slipcase, 29 x 22cms.  Two volumes on the finest Republican Era ceramics of Jiangxi province. Pieces mostly derive from the Jiangxi Provincial Museum and the Jingdezhen Pottery and Porcelain Museum.  Text in Chinese with English summary.
£ 75.00 per volume



Lai Dayi:  Porcelains in the Late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.  Beijing: 2012. 233 pp., colour illustrations throughout. Cloth, 28.8 x 21.4cms.  Presents 100 ceramics from the collection of the Jiangxi Ceramics Company dating from the Qing and Republican Era, mainly famile-rose and blue and white ware.
£ 65.00

Those with a particular interest in the period may also wish to explore the art of snuff bottle painting:

96695Magic In Hand, Suo Zhenhai’s Inside Painted Snuff Bottles, the Hong Yuan Collection.  Beijing: Forbidden City Publications, 2011. 270 pages, colour plates throughout. Cloth in a slipcase, 30 x 30cms.  Showcases 139 inside painted snuff bottles by Suo Zhenhai (1954-2006) from the collection of Mike Ma. The artist studied with the great 20th century ink painters Li Keran, Wu Zuoren and Jiang Zhaohe and his work blurs the boundaries between painting and the art object.  Text in English and Chinese.
£ 72.00

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Beautiful Boxes and Cartier Treasures


Etherington-Smith, Meredith: Ultra Vanities. Minaudières, Nécessaires and Compacts.

Exhibition: London, Goldsmiths Hall, 2013. 152pp, illustrated throughout in colour. Cloth, 30 x 25cms.

Whether or not you manage to make it to the exhibition before its close on July 20th, the opportunity to get hold of a copy of the catalogue should not be passed over. Some 50 vanity cases from the 18th to 20th century by Cartier, Fabergé and others are lavishly illustrated and interspersed with images of the glamorous beauties to whom they once belonged. The pieces are arranged under the categories including Orientalism, Cubism, Shanghainese Deco, Romantic Historicism.

£ 35.00

Ultra Vanities

The keen viewer will notice the Chinese flavour of a large number of these jeweled boxes and will not be surprised to hear the warmth of the reception of the Chinese audience that the Hong Kong based Liangyi Museum collection of vanity cases (many of them Cartier-designed) received when exhibited at the Forbidden City in Beijing in 2011. The sumptuous and bilingual catalogue from this exhibition is also available:


Palace Museum:  Contrast and Harmony, Selected Vanity Cases and Chinese Furniture of Liangyi Museum.  Exhibition: Beijing, Palace Museum, 2011. 250 pp., colour plates throughout. Cloth.

An exploration of the experiences of women in East and West through 111 boxes and cases from Cartier and other European jewellery makers and 29 Chinese pieces of huanghuali and zitan furniture and objects including cabinets, tables and screens from the Liangyi Museum, Hong Kong.  Text in English and Chinese.

£ 85.00

Further evidence of Chinese influences on Western jewellery can be found in the exhibition of the highlights from the Cartier collection which intriguingly, though perhaps unintentionally, reveals much about contemporary Chinese taste for the finest kinds of Western jewellery.


Palace Museum:  Cartier Treasures, King of Jewellers, Jewellers to Kings.  Exhibition: Beijing, Palace Museum, 2009. 495 pp., colour plates throughout. Cloth.

Catalogue of 346 fine pieces of jewellery the Cartier collection carefully selected for a Chinese audience for this important exhibition including introductory essays in on Chinese influences in the jewellery.  Text in English and Chinese.

£ 115.00

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