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A Dealer's Hand

The Chinese Art World Through the Eyes of Giuseppe Eskenazi

Hajni Elias and Giuseppe Eskenazi

ISBN: 978 1 85759 801 8
Size: 303 x 240 mm / 9.5 x 12 in.
Binding: hardback with quarter-binding in yellow cloth
Pages: 352
Images: 600

UK £60.00 / US $125.00


  • A unique insight into the rapidly expanding Chinese art market from an expert in the field
  • Presents the remarkable story of the leading contemporary dealer in Chinese and other Asian art
  • Serves as both a personal history of the evolving Chinese art market and a catalogue of Chinese art illustrated with over 500 objects


As the West awakes to the economic power of that once-supine dragon, China, this book is a timely reminder that the material culture of China has never failed to entrance and amaze those looking in from the outside, no less over the 50 years covered here than in the more distant past.&nbsp;Giuseppe Eskenazi is the pre-eminent expert and dealer in Chinese art and therefore well-placed to cast light on one aspect of this cultural relationship. Hajni Elias is a highly experienced researcher in the field. Together they have woven a narrative with several strands: Giuseppe's progression from young boy in Constantinople to doyen of Chinese art dealers, enlivened by reminiscence and anecdote; an overview of the market for Chinese art in the West and the part played in it by scholars, dealers, auction houses, museums and collectors; and a comprehensive pictorial record of hundreds of the marvellous works of art that have passed through the Eskenazi Gallery's doors.


Giuseppe Eskenazi is the owner of the Eskenazi Gallery in London, and one of the most important dealers of oriental art in the world. Hajni Elias is Deputy Director and archivist of Chinese ceramics and works of art at Sotheby's.


"Rich with anecdote and expertise, this handsome book provides insight into how the market has developed ... as well as exploring the interplay between commercial and scholarly interests."

"The book is a fascinating chronicle not only of Eskenazi himself, but also of the Chinese art world of the past 50 years."
Art Quarterly

"It is a beautifully produced and hefty tome, a just format for a great enterprise, a chef-d'oevre in its own right."
Arts of Asia

"An extraordinary parade of more than 400 of the masterworks that have passed through the business over the past five decades."
Country Life

"Each time one decides on the exact thing one would most like to own, one turns the page to find a rival candidate."
The Times