Asian Art in London starts tomorrow

The East is coming to the capital as Asian Art in London begins

Our pick of oriental-style decor in honour of Asian Art in London opening tomorrow

As you may have gathered from the auction price guide in our November issue, east Asian antiques are having a bit of a moment.

A timely moment it turns out, as Asian Art in London, a 10-day festival celebrating predominantly oriental but also Middle Eastern and Indian work, starts tomorrow (Thursday 31st October).

It's great to see so many galleries supporting the sixteenth year of this festival. Over 60 dealers will be putting on displays of unusual Asian antiques and art, from third-century statues to contemporary glassware, alongside a packed schedule of late night openings, gallery talks and panel discussions.

We’ve been inspired by the intricacy of Turkish tiles (some of which will be on show at Simon Ray’s gallery on King Street, St James’s) and by these sweet enamel incense burners in the shape of pigeons (above), which you will be able to see at Bonham’s in Knightsbridge.

If you can't make it to London for the opening of Asian Art though, here are some of our favourite pieces of oriental-style decor from the high street.

Chinese ceramic trinket box (£39) and 1950s wire lantern (£59), Orchid. 020 7384 2443;
Persisk Hamadan rug (£275), Ikea. 020 3645 0000;
Vilac Nathalie Lete Chinese metal tea set (£35), Heal's. 0870 0240 780;
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