WELCOME TO EDITION 811 of GRAPEVINE
In 2009, I signed up for the postgraduate Chinese Art course at SOAS – School of Oriental & African Studies – University of London.
It is a 3-month course which I divided into 6 weeks over two years as I could not afford to put a stop to my work for three months and be stationed in London all that time.
Most people who attend the course end up working in art/antique galleries, museums, or auction houses.
As I passed the course with distinction, I could apply to do a master’s degree.
After speaking to the faculty, I decided against that as I had to – mostly – follow a syllabus when, what I really wanted to do was focus my research on qin music, a subject barely written about in the English language on Chinese art.
I was considering a change of career because I have always been more interested in music, literature, painting, antiques, art and history than wine.
Wine is a job.
I love it but do not possess the same lust as I do for the other subjects.
This April, we will be launching a series of 7 dinners around Chinese Art, Champagne, and Bordeaux.
All the Bordeaux come directly from the chateaux:
- Yquem 1996
- Chateau Palmer 2001
- Chateau Margaux 1996
- Chateau Brane-Cantenac 2001
- Chateau Pichon Baron 1996
- Chateau Leoville Barton 2001
- Chateau Lynch-Bages 2001
Provenance is as important in art as in wine.
The Chinese antiques were purchased in 2009 and 2011 from an impeccable gallery.
Money Box • Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 AD)
The inaugural dinner will be:
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Antique Money Box • Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 AD)
Bordeaux Chateau Palmer 2001
We will be posting the menu, venue, and champagnes mid-week.
Wishing you A Good Week.