Oriental Mayfair: Virginia Sykes-Wright picks the best galleries specializing in art from far away lands

As Brown’s London Art Weekend is less than a month away, we are delighted to announce that over the coming weeks we will be unveiling a series of walks around galleries in Mayfair and St James’s, recommended by some of the area’s most knowledgeable insiders. 

This week, Virginia Sykes-Wright, the director of Asian Art London, shares with us her favourite galleries that will transport you to the orient.

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“The walk starts with a short journey to Bond Street to view a gallery that the general public may not normally be aware of. Nicholas Pitcher is a specialist in the unique and unusual Oriental works of art, in a gallery that some would say, looks like “time forgot”. Listening to the stories of the works and their descriptions transports you to another world.

Returning down Bond Street, the tour continues up Clifford Street, passing by the World’s foremost dealer in Asian Art, Eskenazi Ltd. The gallery is designed by a well-known boat builder and currently shows a rare exhibition of Song porcelain works of art. See the large wooden Buddha, the price of a Mayfair mansion.

Continuing up Clifford Street, to Berwald Oriental Art via a discreet door and some stairs, the effort is well worth the climb, as the stylish interior greets you with further Asian treasures, from ancient to contemporary.

Leaving Mayfair – named after the annual fair that used to be held in the area during the 17th century, we walk through the Burlington Arcade, designed at the request of Lord Cavendish, who wanted a covered walk built, when he was living in Burlington House (now the Royal Academy), in order to avoid his property being littered with rubbish by the general public who kept throwing their oyster shells into it… The arcade offered 72 selling units with a top-lit walkway.

Crossing Piccadilly, the site of St James’s Palace greets you at the bottom of Pall Mall. This is the most significant Royal Palace in the UK. The palace still has its original gate-house, built in the time of Henry VIII. St James’s was an area that evolved around the Palace and numerous Gentlemen’s clubs were built and are still in place, as a consequence.

Also in the same building is Joost van den Bergh, whose expertise and works of art, transfer us to the continent of India and South East Asia.”

For more information about Brown’s London Art Weekend and the Recommended Walks, visit brownslondonartweekend.com

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