At the first edition of TEFAF New York Fall we will show a group of rare Chinese and Japanese export porcelain, resulting from the cultural encounters between Europe, Africa and Asia from the 16th to the 18th century.
A rare blue and white porcelain mosque lamp from the 18th century, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue, made for the Islamic market is part of an interesting group of Chinese export porcelain works of art that Jorge Welsh Works of Art will bring to TEFAF New York Fall. Traditionally made of metal or gilded and enamelled glass, mosque lamps were frequently used to adorn Islamic religious buildings. They were made in considerable numbers during the Middle Ages, particularly in Cairo and Damascus in the late 13th and 14th centuries. Mosque lamps were important as symbols of light, which alluded to God, and so were often decorated with the ‘Verse of Light’ from the Qur’an. Also an expensive luxury, many of them were commissioned and inscribed with the donor’s name during Mamluk rule (1250-1517) in Egypt and Syria. The most common form of mosque lamp has a bulbous body below a narrow waist and rising to a flaring rim, and was usually suspended from the ceiling by chains.
It has been over 10 years since we have exhibited at New York, returning now with a strong exhibition on cross-cultural works of art for the first edition of the fair in the USA. We will bring a Japanese porcelain life-sized stag with its removable antlers, from the Edo period (late 17th/early 18th century). This magnificent model of a stag, possibly representing the Sika deer or Japanese deer, appears to be a unique example of this impressive and unusually large size. “There is, so far, no comparable Japanese porcelain figure of an animal recorded. The quality of potting of this life-size model, exhibiting a fully sculptural form, is exceptional and demonstrates the expertise of Japanese potter”, Jorge Welsh says. Other Japanese “Namban” and African works of art, such an exquisite bronze plaque from Benin can also be seen at booth 50, designed by Tom Postma, the architect of the fair.
The Fall edition of TEFAF New York will feature 94 leading dealers of fine art, design, furniture and jewelry from antiquity through the early 20th century. Jorge Welsh explains why the gallery is going to exhibit on the first edition of TEFAF New York: “TEFAF is the leading art fair the world, the one that encompasses a wider spectrum of disciplines and period covering over six thousand years of art history. We have participated at TEFAF Maastricht for the last 15 years this is a great opportunity for us to return to the USA under the umbrella of TEFAF in a fair that I expect will become one of the highlights of the New York art market calendar.” Luísa Vinhais adds “We have many loyal USA based friends, collectors, scholars and museums with whom we have had strong relationships over the last 30 years. We have sold works of art, advised collections and collaborated with in different projects. We feel this is the right platform for our return to the United States and we are very much looking forward to being part of this first edition of TEFAF New York.”
TEFAF New York Fall
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065