Ming comes to Mayfair in Grace's new gallery

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 December, 1998, 12:00am

The new London gallery of Grace Wu Bruce, considered the world's leading dealer in Ming furniture, has become the talk of art circles in Britain.

The gallery in Mayfair carries Grace's trademark minimalist look, similar to her premises in Hong Kong.

'The gallery is a modern recreation of a Suzhou garden house,' Grace says, adding that the simple interior is the perfect setting for the Ming furniture.

Grace says she could not have opened her gallery at a better time, coming hot on the heels of Asian Art Week in London.

'The British Museum, the Royal Academy and the V&A were all having magnificent Asian art exhibitions, not to mention the auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's,' she says.

Grace has certainly benefited from the London opening - her first customer bought six pieces of Ming furniture for his homes all over the world.

'London is such a good base to have. My clients had been asking me for years why I didn't have a base in Europe,' she says.

Prices range from $100,000 to more than $1 million. The Ming style is considered the ultimate in Chinese furniture and Grace sees a new trend among her clientele.

'I am getting more and more mainland Chinese customers buying Ming furniture,' says Grace.

She adds that the best source for Ming furniture is no longer mainland China, but private collections.