5 – 14 MARCH 2004
STAND # 102
Before you realise another year has passed
and it is TEFAF Maastricht again!
Still the most important art fair in the world, collectors and art
enthusiasts from all over the world flock to the Netherlands in
March to visit “the Olympic Games of the art trade”.
After a successful year with new “fair adventures” in
London, Paris and Switzerland, we will be presenting a refreshing
new collection of Asian art at TEFAF Maastricht! In our traditionally
blue stand you will encounter our new “White Room”.
Here you will be treated to a large collection of Chinese blue &
white porcelains from the Kangxi period. The second new theme will
be the “Camel Cabinet”. Here we will present a group
of impressive large Chinese terracotta camels dating from the Tang
Dynasty (618 – 907).
We hope to welcome you personally at TEFAF Maastricht, stand 102,
second on your right. Our telephone at the fair: +31 6 - 53178521
& +31 6 - 53707332
“Not pretty, but beautiful”
– Nellie Ionides
35 pieces from the Ionides Collection
She bestrode the cultures of East and
West like a colossus - the darling of English high society and the
doyenne of Chinese Export porcelain collectors during the 1920s
Nellie Ionides (1883-1962), the privileged daughter of Shell Oil
magnate Sir Marcus Samuel, was a headstrong and intuitively gifted
woman whose accumulation of Kangxi porcelain would elevate her to
the pantheon of great Oriental porcelain collectors of the 19th
and 20th centuries. Vanderven and Vanderven are pleased to announce
the acquisition of 35 of her finest pieces from her granddaughter.
“Not pretty, but beautiful – that is how I would describe
her”, said her grand-daughter Lady Camilla Panufnik. “Above
all, she was witty and graceful and liked to be entertained”.
Her talent for attracting the beau-monde of British society was
fulfilled when she married the Art Deco architect Basil Ionides
in 1930 and settled down in Buxted Park, perhaps the finest Palladian
estate in Sussex. Basil was famous for designing the interior of
the Savoy hotel and theatre, and his racy circle of actors, comedians
and artists, like Cyril Maud and Dame Laura Knight, mingled freely
with British royalty at Buxted.
In common with all great collectors, Nellie was aristocratic in
her taste and aware of her connoisseurial ancestry, which in her
case included the great Edwardian collector Richard Bennett, and
the titanic American J.P Morgan. But unlike many collectors who
circulate in the highest reaches of the art market, she was not
afraid to swoop into the nooks and crannies of junk shops and village
auction rooms in the English countryside. In fact, this was one
of her favourite pastimes.
Nellie’s gift for finding museum quality porcelain was even
more remarkable in view of the fact that she eschewed the guidance
of top dealers and developed her own eye. Her grandson, Toby Jessel,
recalled how the legendary Jim Kiddell, the Oriental porcelain expert
at Sotheby’s, would often ask her opinion on authenticity
Much of her collection has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert
Museum, the National Museum of Canada, and Orleans House in Twickenham.
“At the end of her life, she wished that she could be present
at the forthcoming sales of her collection to see how much money
her treasures fetched and who bought them”, said Lady Panufnik.
At Vanderven and Vanderven, we are proud to have the opportunity
to pass on Mrs. Ionides’ fine Kangxi porcelain to a new generation
GOES FOR CHINESE TASTE
In 2003 all auction records for Chinese porcelain
were shattered! Traditionally Chinese porcelain records are set
at the major auction houses in Hong Kong. Auction house Doyle of
New York put a stop to this tradition with the sale of the F. Gordon
Morrill collection in September 2003. This rare private collection
consisted of remarkable 14th – 16th century blue and white
porcelain made for the Chinese market, so-called Chinese taste porcelain.
Collectors and dealers from mainland China as well as from the west
eagerly battled for this collection in the sale room. Many pieces
were sold to mainland Chinese collectors, if not they were the underbidders.
The star lot, however, was a 14th century blue and white pilgrims
flask which sold at a new world record for just over 5.8 million
US dollars! The London based buyer was a collector of half-English
and half-Chinese origin thus making the battle between Chinese and
western collectors undecided.
It has become evident that the Chinese collectors from the People’s
Republic of China are eager to acquire their Chinese taste porcelain
wares at almost any price. Leading art journalist, Souren Melikian,
from the International Herald Tribune, wrote: “Private wealth
is growing fast in China. Sooner or later, its soaring interest
in collecting is sure to set off a price explosion. Watch the Chinese
in Münster & Schloss Favorite”
“Schwartz Porcelain” is the title of the first exhibition
to be held solely focussed on all aspects of Chinese and Japanese
black porcelain wares, the passion for lacquer and their influence
on European porcelain such as Meissen, Delftware and faience during
the 17th - 19th centuries.
07/12/2003 – 07/03/2004: Lacquer Museum in Münster, Germany.
29/03/2004 – 27/06/2004: Schloss Favorite near Rastatt, Germany.
The German catalogue of the exhibition is available for € 42,00
Contact: Vanderven Art Books, Fax +31 (0)73 5134202;
L’ODYSSÉE DE LA PORCELAINE
Sèvres – Limoges - Marseille
A combined exhibition of Chinese export porcelains
in the collections of the National Ceramics Museum of Sèvres
and the National Museum Adrien Debouché in Limoges, France.
For the first time, these museums exhibit their collections of Chinese
export porcelains of the Kangxi period. Well represented are blue
and white, famille verte and powder blue wares.
The exhibition will travel to the following cities:
20/11/2003 – 16/04/2004: Musée National de Céramique
in Sèvres, France.
06/03/2004 – 01/06/2004: Musée National Adrien Debouché
in Limoges, France.
25/06/2004 – 10/10/2004: Musée de la Faïence-Château
Pastré in Marseille, France.
The French catalogue of the exhibition is available for € 50,00.
Contact: Vanderven Art Books, Fax +31 (0)73 5134202;
TULPOMANIA in Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden
This summer, Schloss Pillnitz will be
the host of a long awaited exhibition on the tulip and its influence
on art since the 16th century. Coming from over fifty public and
private collections, the exhibition will comprise about 250 objects
of prime quality (see brochure). The exhibition will be accompanied
by a comprehensive catalogue.
08/05/2004 – 08/08/2004: Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden, Germany.
FAIR CALENDAR 2004
5 – 14 March 2004
Preview: 4 March 2004
Art & Antiques Fair
Le Méridien Grosvenor House
9 – 15 June 2004
Preview: 8 June 2004
Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Olympia Exhibition Centre
3 - 13 June 2004
Date to follow