There were winners all round as Asian Art In London celebrated its tenth anniversary with a gala party in the Hotung Gallery of the British Museum last Tuesday.
Over 500 guests, including the Korean Ambassador, not only
enjoyed a champagne reception in the gallery but also took this
opportunity for a private view of the sell-out exhibition of the
First Emperor's Terracotta Army in the nearby Reading Room.
The focal point of the evening was the presentation of the ATG
Awards for the most outstanding works of art on show during Asian
Art In London.
This year the prize for the best two-dimensional work went to a
remarkable pair of 17th century map screens from the Kensington
Church Street gallery of Jorge Welsh. Together the screens depicted
a continuous panoramic view of the south west coast of Japan from
Osaka to Nagasaki. The islands of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu were
all clearly visible along with a mass of detail in the form of
towns, rocks and ships including a Portuguese vessel approaching
The three-dimensional prize went to Jonathan Tucker and Antonia
Tozer Asian Art for a serene trio of 8-9th century solid gold
Buddhas. These were thought to have originated in Java, Sumatra or
Sri Lanka, but were all the more mysterious for having spent
centuries on the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand before being
recovered by the renowned salvage expert Mike Hatcher. They are
being offered for sale by Tucker and Tozer direct from his private
To mark the tenth anniversary, a bottle of champagne was awarded
to all those shortlisted for the award: Christie's, Ben Janssens,
J.A.N. Fine Art, S. Marchant & Son, Simon Pilling East Asian
Art and Interiors, Simon Ray Indian & Islamic Art and
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