Asia Art Fair Opens as Part of Asian Art Week, NYC (+Photos)
Asia Art Fair Opens as Part of Asian Art Week, NYC (+Photos)
A Japanese plique-à-jour flower bowl at the booth of Michael Bound at the Bohemian National Hall, Upper East Side, New York, March 14, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Japanese plique-à-jour flower bowl at the booth of Michael Bound at the Bohemian National Hall, Upper East Side, New York, March 14, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Tusha Buntin, John Stevens, and Mei Hosho discuss a Zen painting at from Stevens's collection, presented at the booth of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

(L-R) Tusha Buntin, John Stevens, and Mei Hosho discuss a Zen painting at from Stevens's collection, presented at the booth of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A blanc de chine Guanyin figure with child at the booth of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu; New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A blanc de chine Guanyin figure with child at the booth of Robyn Buntin of Honolulu; New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A mixed metal bronze charger from Meiji period Japan at the booth of Flying Cranes Antiques, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A mixed metal bronze charger from Meiji period Japan at the booth of Flying Cranes Antiques, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A mid-19th century ivory model of the Taj Mahal at the booth of Jeff Shore Ancient Objects, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A mid-19th century ivory model of the Taj Mahal at the booth of Jeff Shore Ancient Objects, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

An oil lamp in the form of a scorpion (L) and hanging vessel (R) from 12th–13th Century Java, at the booth of Jeff Shore Ancient Objects, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

An oil lamp in the form of a scorpion (L) and hanging vessel (R) from 12th–13th Century Java, at the booth of Jeff Shore Ancient Objects, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A jade brush rest in the form of two birds at the booth of The Jade Dragon, presenting Chinese scholar's desk items from the collection of upstate New York collector Claire Coleman. New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A jade brush rest in the form of two birds at the booth of The Jade Dragon, presenting Chinese scholar's desk items from the collection of upstate New York collector Claire Coleman. New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

An 18th century porcelain lotus pod-form water dropper at The Jade Dragon, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

An 18th century porcelain lotus pod-form water dropper at The Jade Dragon, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A bronze bell from the Dong Son culture of Vietnam, 1st century B.C., at the booth of Texas-based Lotus Gallery, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A bronze bell from the Dong Son culture of Vietnam, 1st century B.C., at the booth of Texas-based Lotus Gallery, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A selection of objects at the booth of Lotus Gallery, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A selection of objects at the booth of Lotus Gallery, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Guests speak with Judith Hughes Day (C) of Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art in her booth, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Guests speak with Judith Hughes Day (C) of Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art in her booth, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 1930s kimono at the booth of Oriental Treasure Box, based in San Diego, Calif., March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 1930s kimono at the booth of Oriental Treasure Box, based in San Diego, Calif., March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A large platter by Japanese Living National Treasure Tokua Yasokichi III, who passed away in 2009. Booth of Oriental Treasure Box, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A large platter by Japanese Living National Treasure Tokua Yasokichi III, who passed away in 2009. Booth of Oriental Treasure Box, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Peter Pap (R) of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs with a guest in his booth, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Peter Pap (R) of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs with a guest in his booth, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 12th and 13th Century Kashan jar at the booth of Paul Anavian, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A 12th and 13th Century Kashan jar at the booth of Paul Anavian, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A dealer examines an object at the booth of Gilistra s.a.s, from Italy, as a client looks on. New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A dealer examines an object at the booth of Gilistra s.a.s, from Italy, as a client looks on. New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

An Gandharan grave jug with an abstract face at the booth of Eleanor Abraham, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

An Gandharan grave jug with an abstract face at the booth of Eleanor Abraham, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A necklace by Tamara Hill, who makes jewelry by hand using antique Asian pendants and beads. New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A necklace by Tamara Hill, who makes jewelry by hand using antique Asian pendants and beads. New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A necklace by Tamara Hill featuring an ancient Chinese jade bi disc, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A necklace by Tamara Hill featuring an ancient Chinese jade bi disc, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Chinese hardwood folding screen from the Jiaqing period. Lacquer, jade, and painted ivory. At the booth of Asiantiques, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A Chinese hardwood folding screen from the Jiaqing period. Lacquer, jade, and painted ivory. At the booth of Asiantiques, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A bronze Han dynasty incense burner at the booth of Asiantiques, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

A bronze Han dynasty incense burner at the booth of Asiantiques, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Guests look at a ceramic dish at the booth of Nader & Nader, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Guests look at a ceramic dish at the booth of Nader & Nader, New York, March 14. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—For Asian art aficionados who’d rather not gallery-hop throughout a 20-block stretch in the Upper East Side during Asia Week, the Asia Art Fair has begun, or rather, returned.

The Asia Art Fair unofficially replaces the New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show by Caskey Lees, which ran from 1995 to 2012 until it lost its venue. The majority of the exhibitors at the Asia Art Fair had exhibited at the now defunct show.

Paul Anavian, the fair’s art director and dealer of ancient Near Eastern and Islamic art, said he was happy that the fair offers an alternative to “taking a taxi from gallery to gallery,” adding that he prefers the current location on East 73rd Street to the West 34th Street location the Arts of Pacific Asia Show had used.

“Uptown is much more elegant and fashionable,” he said.

Occupying three floors of the posh Bohemian National Hall, the Asia Art Fair makes it convenient to browse for art and art experts.

Among the 27 exhibitors, the variety of art on offer is vast. Besides the expected Chinese and Japanese antiques, which are in abundance in all Asian art shows, the Fair also has contemporary Vietnamese and Iranian painting, handmade jewelry, carpets and textiles, and works of art from less familiar places like Java and Burma. Exhibitors’ close quarters makes it hard for the visitor not to discover something new.

The show also draws a wide mix of non-New York galleries from across America, such as The Jade Dragon (Michigan), Stallion Hill (Connecticut), and Robyn Buntin (Hawaii)—which means plenty of unexpected finds from quality private collections.

Lectures related to Asian art and culture will be available on Sunday and Monday and is included in the admission of $20. The Asia Art Fair runs March 14–18. theasiaartfair.com

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