Summer Newsletter


It has been a busy few months with a lot travelling, visiting Paris, London and seeing clients from Brussels to Frankfurt. We are now preparing our busy schedule of autumn events - for which you will find the dates below. Our other news is that our office manager Nynke Martens will be leaving us at the end of the month, to start an exciting new job. We are looking for a new team member to join us on our future (ad)ventures!

The gallery will be closed for the second half of July. In the meantime, should you miss the world of Chinese art, we have included some great reading suggestions and some interesting exhibitions we highly recommend. If you want to reach us during this period or would like to visit the gallery in August, please get in touch with us by telephone or email for an appointment.
Wishing you a wonderful summer and hope to see you soon.

Floris & Nynke van der Ven

To Read

China’s Hidden Century 1796–1912 | British Museum

This catalogue accompanies the current interesting exhibition on at the British Museum in London. Built on new research from a four-year project, it has contributions by international scholars. This beautifully illustrated book, edited by Jessica Harrison-Hall and Julia Lovell, sets out a fresh understanding of this important era.

Chinese and Japanese Porcelain in the Frits Lugt Collection | Fondation Custodia

Just launched earlier this month, this is a comprehensive and well-illustrated catalogue of the excellent Chinese Porcelain collection housed at the Fondation Custodia, Paris. Renowned Dutch scholar Prof. Dr. Christiaan J.A. Jörg, has described the small but very fine 125 piece collection - which reflects the Dutch collector's preference for Kraak, Transitional and Kangxi porcelains. 

To See

Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln

Silver for Tsingtao | 4 May - 29 October 2023  | Chinese Export Silver from the Hildebrand Collection. A collection of Chinese export silver from the collection of Heinrich Hildebrand (1855-1925). He acquired artworks for his residence in Tsingtao (Qingdao). The works in silver were created by talented Chinese silversmiths during the late Qing Dynasty.

Global Merchandise

Chinese and Japanese export porcelain. East Asian porcelain, specifically made for consumers abroad was not one of the major fields of interest of the museum founders. Over the decades, single objects and small sets were frequently added by purchases, donations and permanent loans from the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation, leading to a modest, but delicate selection today, which is now presented in this permanent exhibition.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Made In China! | Until 20 August 2023

The exhibition features outstanding vases, plates, bowls and figures from the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, ranging from imperial porcelain to export goods. The highlight is the museum’s collection of imperial porcelain, unparalleled anywhere in Germany.

Save the Date

Fine Art Asia – Hong Kong
5 – 8 October 2023 (preview 4 October)
We are happy to be back in Hong Kong this Autumn, after being unable to join the fair since 2019! 
Munich Highlights
18 – 22 October 2023 (preview 17 October)
A boutique fair within the compound of the magnificent Munich Residence palace. Like last year, we will be co-exhibiting our objects with the modern works from the Beck & Eggeling gallery.
PAN Amsterdam
19 – 26 November 2023 (preview 18 November)
Our splendid national fair with 150 national and increasing international exhibitor field, showing a wide range of fine and contemporary arts, design and photography.