Asian Art

This broad umbrella category comprises everything from Qianlong vases to Islamic calligraphy. Asian art has been collected in the West over many generations and inspired many famous European productions. An example is the Japanese porcelain from the Kakiemon kilns, the styles of which that became adopted by European factories such as Meissen. 

Today, demand from Asian buyers has lifted the market of works in this sector across the world.

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Estimate €5000, sold for €6.4m: Lost folios of Chinese encyclopedia surface in Paris

13 July 2020

Two lost folios from the 'Yongle Dadian', the Ming dynasty encyclopaedia that has assumed national treasure status in China, surfaced for sale in Paris last week.

Qing lapiz lazuli elephants

Chinese elephants with Rothschild provenance star in our pick of five auction highlights this week

10 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare pair of 19th century lapiz lazuli models of elephants that came from the home of Lionel and Edmund de Rothschild and made over double estimate in Salisbury.

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Box ‘made for the Siamese market’ makes 17-times estimate Dreweatts

06 July 2020

A highpoint of the Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) ‘lockdown’ sale of Asian art in Newbury was provided by this 19th century Chinese export silver gilt and enamelled box.

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‘Yongzheng’ lotus mouth vase passes £1m at Skinner

29 June 2020

The latest sale of Asian Works of Art held online by Skinner of Marlborough, Massachusetts included this blue and white bottle vase with a Yongzheng (1722-36) mark.

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A new benchmark for Vietnamese ceramics

29 June 2020

Christie’s claimed a new record for Vietnamese ceramics when a large 15th century blue and white storage jar sold for a surprise €380,000 (£339,300) as part of the Art d'Asie sale in Paris.

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Pair of leaf paintings come from former Bluetts director

29 June 2020

These two 21in (52cm) fan leaf paintings, one with a panel of calligraphy, the other with an ink and colour landscape, are by Zhang Daquian (1899-1983).

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Three contrasting ways to be big in Japan

29 June 2020

Two very different Japanese works on paper performed with equal gusto at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) recent Asian art sale, both making 10-times-estimate sums for a vendor from Hertfordshire.

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Peach of a scroll bears fruit in an Asian selection

29 June 2020

A Qing dynasty (1644-1911) embroidered silk hanging scroll topped Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Asian art sale on May 28, selling online for £21,000.

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Reticulated rediscovery coming to Hong Kong auction

22 June 2020

Sotheby’s July Hong Kong series will include ‘a lost masterpiece’ of Qianlong yangcai porcelain recently found in a Dutch country house.

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Pick of the week: Meet the fakir who likes his sheep raw

22 June 2020

The highlight of Bonhams’ rescheduled sale of Indian and Islamic art held on June 11 was a group of a nine Company School watercolours with an unbroken provenance back to 1812.

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Get your claws into a dragon bowl

22 June 2020

Hindman will holding Asian art sales in Chicago over two days on June 25-26.

Qianlong porcelain vase

Qianlong porcelain vase sells for nearly €2m as Paris auctions get going

18 June 2020

As the Paris auction scene gets back to business after the lockdown, an extraordinary Qianlong mark and period porcelain vase sold this week for €1.95m (£1.77m) plus buyer’s premium.

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Chinese dish marking new era of quality turns heads in Edinburgh sale

08 June 2020

Estimated at just £50-70, this Chinese porcelain saucer dish sold online for £7850 at Edinburgh saleroom Franklin Browns (15% buyer’s premium).

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Toyoharu’s powers of perspective evident from album offered in Zurich

08 June 2020

While the Japanese woodblock print artist Okumura Masanobu (1686-1764) is credited with the first use of one-point perspective in the depiction of interior spaces, a technique previously known only in Western art, his colleague Utagawa Toyoharu (1735-1814) achieved even greater fame when he mastered the creation of perspective prints of outdoor scenes, known as Uki-e.

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Phone bidders battle for white jade pendant plaques in Sydney

01 June 2020

The first sale held by Bonhams Australia (22% buyer’s premium) behind closed doors in Sydney was devoted to Asian art,

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Far Eastern works from Earls of Crawford and Balcarres lift auction North of the Border

01 June 2020

Scotland’s key role in the 18th and 19th century China trade has a legacy. Some of the nation’s country houses remain the repository of important Far Eastern works of art.

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Qing porcelain made for Islamic market and collection of European traveller shine at Chiswick sale

01 June 2020

It was not just the great and good of 18th century Europe and North America who commissioned the Thirteen Factories at Canton to embellish Chinese porcelain blanks with family armorials or subjects copied from prints.

‘Procession in Jaffa’ by Gustav Bauernfeind

Orientalist and Islamic art sales at Sotheby’s rescheduled for June

28 May 2020

Sotheby’s has announced that the second tranche of works from the Najd collection of Orientalist paintings will now be offered in an online sale next month.

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One giant leap for auctioneers

25 May 2020

Covid-19 crisis has launched the art and antiques world into technological exploration

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Scottish country house supplies £36,000 vase

18 May 2020

A Beijing enamel vase from a Scottish country house topped the Asian art sale held ‘behind closed doors’ by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

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