The exhibition, taking place in Mayfair’s renowned Eskenazi Gallery, will bring together 24 rare pieces from private collections, in a number of mediums and stretching from the late Neolithic period (around 2,000 BC) through to 907 AD, the end of the Tang dynasty.
The core of the collection involves ancient bronze vessels — one such piece, a ritual wine vessel, dates from the 11th century BC and would have stood atop an altar in the Western Zhou period. As well as stunning bronze pieces, the exhibition will showcase works in jade, gold, silver, bone, and inlaid metalwork, much of which are intricately adorned with animalistic carvings of dragons, birds, and bears.
Other pieces include a gilt-bronze dragon head dating from the second century BC; an ancient (and presumably inconveniently heavy) bronze and gold sword from the fourth century BC, a mysterious ‘archaic jade notched disc’, possibly up to 2000 years old, the purpose of which is unknown to this day, and a small jade figurine from the Tang dynasty that also appeared in 1975 in the V&A’s ‘landmark exhibition’ on the history of Chinese jades.
The variety of pieces on show combined with the scale of the time span it covers will make this the most diverse exhibition that Eskenazi — a six-floor space dedicated to Oriental art — has held since 2003.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 3rd November – Friday 25th November. More information here.