Sign up to be emailed a copy of our latest Catalogue:

Download Catalogue

Scala at Sotheby's NOVEMBER 2016

The launch of Chinese Ivory Carvings: The Sir Victor Sassoon Collection

We were proud to be able to launch our latest stunning publication, Chinese Ivory Carvings: The Sir Victor Sassoon Collectionat Sotheby’s earlier this month as part of Asian Art in London. The event marked the start of a week-long series of auctions, displays and talks all focusing on the various arts of Asia – from ceramics and jades to prints and jewellery.

This lavish hardback is the work of Rose Kerr, former Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the V&A, Phillip Allen, Secretary of the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust, and Shi Ching-fei, Associate Professor at National Taiwan University. Each of them has written a brief introductory essay exploring the history and context of the ivories, looking at the time and place in which they were produced, the markets they were made for and the extraordinary life of Sir Victor Sassoon, who acquired the bulk of the collection between 1915 and 1927. The rest of the book is a catalogue of 350 of the most exquisite examples from the collection, arranged by theme: vessels, implements and adornments, scholars’ items, figures and ivories for export. 

The event was a huge success, with dozens of people queuing to have their books signed by Rose and to share their enthusiasm for the subject. Some of the ivories were on display, and it was a thrill to see them in real life at last. It was an exciting and memorable evening, and a fitting celebration for a book that has been 20 years in the making.