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Asian art collection up for auction in London

Updated: 2021-11-04 09:04 ( China Daily )
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A rare blue and white "dragon" Meiping from the Yuan Dynasty is among a collection of Asian art on sale at Sotheby's in London.

The collection of 94 lots was assembled over many years by Sam and Myrna Myers, two Americans living in Paris.

The couple moved to the French capital after falling in love with the city in the mid-1960s. Over the next five decades, they amassed a collection that offered a very personal vision of the world of Asian art, the auction house said.

Henry Howard-Sneyd, Sotheby's chairman of Asian Art, Europe and Americas, said: "I have never forgotten my first visit to Sam and Myrna's home on the outskirts of Paris almost twenty years ago. The taste of these two Americans in Paris — charmingly understated and remarkable unified — is sure to resonate with today's collectors and cement their determination to take a small part of it home with them."

Paris allowed the pair to immerse themselves in resources from museums and exhibitions to galleries and salesroom.

"Training their eyes and deepening their knowledge was a prerequisite as their collecting journey began to take on its own identity," Sotheby's said. "Four principal areas soon became apparent: archaic jades, Buddhist works from Asia, blue and white porcelain, and costumes from Central Asia to Japan — all comprising "the essential materials of Asian art", it added.

The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection of Asian Art, will be on sale on Nov 4 during Asian Art in London week, where it is estimated to bring in the region of 3 million pounds ($4.1 million).

Leading the sale is an important and exceptionally rare blue and white "dragon" Meiping from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), with an estimate of 600,000 pounds.

Sotheby's said "though dragon and phoenix are ubiquitous in Yuan art, it is very rare to find a 3 piece of Yuan blue-and-white decorated with both these mythical creatures".

A Nepalese gilt bronze figure of Buddha from the 14th/15th century with an estimate of 350,000 pounds, and a collection of jade from the Neolithic period to the 19th century is also on sale.

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The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The 2022 China International Travel Mart was launched in Kunming, Yunnan province today. The three-day event opened at the Kunming Dianchi Lake International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a theme focusing on smart innovation and high-quality tourism industry aspects.

The news conference was held in the city on Thursday. Zhang Xilong, first class inspector of the Bureau of the International Communication and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and Lou Kewei, deputy-director of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan province presented the meeting along with academy and entrepreneur representatives.

The conference introduced the preparations and relevant activities of the mart, such as a forum on smart tourism and innovation, a symposium on international travel communication and cooperation in the framework of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and a workshop on the China-Laos railway’s contribution to building an Asian community with a shared future.

According to the news meeting, the 2022 travel mart covers about 80,000 square meters, with about 4,200 standard booths. 71 countries and regions attended the event both online and offline, and 31 domestic provinces, cities and autonomous regions and 261 independent exhibition teams.

Online services will be provided to the overseas buyers and sellers in the light of time zones. They could also have a face-to-face negotiation at the mart as well.

The mart also has diverse displays to show culture and tourism, physical education and tourism, as well as overseas tourism and museums.

The National Cultural Heritage Administration, the Palace Museum and museums from other provinces will attend the travel mart.

At the event, Yunnan province will have 2,000 standard booths in four separate sections; each will show culture tourism, healthy lifestyles, physical education tourism and culture tourism consumption.

The travel mart will also stick to the rules of pandemic prevention and control while having the activities go on smoothly.

The news conference of the 2022 China International Travel Mart, Kunming, Yunnan province. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]
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