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They were presented with 48 works of art from amongst the 52 participating dealers and auctions houses of Asian Art in London. Their task was to choose the most outstanding object in the two categories of the competition, two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. The judges spent the morning considering the entries and, after an excellent lunch as the guests of the Chinese department at Sotheby’s, set off in taxis around London, visiting the dealers whose objects have made it to the shortlist. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 7.

The shortlist includes:
In the Two-Dimensional category: Bonhams auctioneers for a Ming blue and white rectangular plaque; Chenghua, from the du Boulay Collection; and Sydney L. Moss for a Chinese painting of unusual size by the artist Yuan Chiang, 1716 entitled Whiling Away the Summer.

In the Three-Dimensional category: A&J Speelman for a gold filigree phoenix-shaped hairpin, China, Yongle period, 1403-1425; Sydney L. Moss for three 12th century Buddhist Bodhisattvas; Jonathan Tucker, Antonia Tozer Asian Art for a stone standing figure of a Buddha, Chinese, Eastern Wei, 534-550 AD; and Jorge Welsh Oriental Porcelain and Works of Art for a pair of inlaid iron stirrups, Japan, Edo period, 17th century.

Asian Art in London takes place from November 6-14. For a free guide book phone 020 7499 2215.