Reference ‘Vol. II’, album containing photographs of Chinese art

Scope and Content

Photograph album of John Sparks Ltd, dealer in Chinese art (London), containing 272 black and white reference photographic prints of Chinese artworks and antiques, including porcelain and other ceramics, bronzes, carved hardstones, carved lacquer work, stone sculpture, paintings and furniture; along with a small number of Southeast Asian objects. The prints primarily include art and antiques sold by the company but also present are 5 photographs of the interior of John Sparks Ltd London offices at 128 Mount Street, W1 taken by the photographers Dell & Wainwright (pp. 77, 132-135); and 2 photographs of the company stalls at antiques fairs [possibly Grosvenor House Antiques Fair] (pp 100, 109). Most photographs uncaptioned. Photographs annotated with handwritten negative number. Some photographs annotated with details of periodicals (1936-1938) in which the image was published. Some prints missing from page. Prints broadly arranged by negative number. 1 volume. 250 pp. Bound. Red leather cover, with 'Vol. II' handwritten on front endpaper.

Access Information

Closed due to condition, awaiting conservation


Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Water damaged

Archivist's Note