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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Asian art zingers in Zurich sale

06 April 2020

Some keenly contested examples of Asian art featured in the large sale held by Schuler in Zurich on March 23-27.

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Spring auction brings varied array of Asian art to Lewes along with European treats

06 April 2020

A cross-section of Asian art – Qing porcelain, Meiji Satsuma and Euro-Asiatic ivories – provided the prizes at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) spring sale held in Lewes.

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Obituary: Tuyet Nguyet – founder of Arts of Asia magazine

30 March 2020

With the recent passing in Hong Kong of Tuyet Nguyet the oriental art world has lost one of its major personalities.

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Immortal bowl’s lasting effect

30 March 2020

This Yongzheng (1722-35) mark and period Eight Immortals bowl sold for £26,000 at the Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Teddington last month.

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Kashmir woollen design is surprise top seller as a family estate comes to Yorkshire auction

23 March 2020

Long unseen material from the country home of an ancient English family brought some estimate-demolishing five-figure bids at Morphets (17.5% buyer’s premium) including a genuine sleeper.

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Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.

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‘Dragon’ dishes fire up a house record in East Yorkshire

09 March 2020

A pair of doucai ‘dragon’ dishes that was entered for sale by a local vendor sold for over 25-times estimate at East Yorkshire saleroom Hawley’s.

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New York dealers remain open for business for 'Asia Week' despite coronavirus alert

02 March 2020

The spread of coronavirus may have halted the auctions at this year’s 'Asia Week New York', but dealers are going ahead with the event as planned, bringing together more than 35 exhibitors and nearly 20 talks.

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Pick of the week: Exceptional shodana shows super details

02 March 2020

David Lay’s (18% buyer's premium) second stand-alone Asian art sale held in Penzance was topped at £65,500 (estimate £3000-5000) by this shodana made in Meiji period Japan, c.1890.

Kangxi blue and white dishes

Kangxi dishes, altar candlesticks and Boxing-themed pottery – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

28 February 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare pair of Kangxi period blue and white ‘narrative’ dishes that made over 20-times estimate.

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Coronavirus: Sotheby’s latest to change Hong Kong auction schedule

25 February 2020

Sotheby’s has moved its Modern Art evening sale and Contemporary Art evening and day auction to New York from Hong Kong following the spread of coronavirus.

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Chinese imperial silk painting sells in Bruges

24 February 2020

This Ming ink and colour on silk painting of Shakyamuni Buddha, offered for sale by Rob Michiels (27.5% buyer’s premium) in Bruges on February 15, is thought to be part of an imperial order made in the short reign of Emperor Jingtai (1449-57).

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Coronavirus: more Asian art sales shelved as Bonhams and Sotheby’s postpone auctions

17 February 2020

Bonhams and Sotheby’s have joined Christie’s in postponing their March New York Asian art auctions due to the spread of coronavirus.

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Bonhams and Sotheby's latest to reschedule Asian art auctions after spread of coronavirus

11 February 2020

Bonhams and Sotheby's have postponed Asian art auctions during New York’s Asia Week until June.

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Umayyad gold dinar equalled auction record for an Islamic coin

10 February 2020

This rare Umayyad gold dinar dated 105AH (723AD) equalled the auction record for an Islamic coin (or any coin sold in Europe) when it was hammered down at £3.1m at Morton & Eden (20% buyer’s premium).

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Remarkable Chinese vase incorporating ‘Dutch’ figures brings global interest to Pennsylvania auction

03 February 2020

A remarkable piece of Qing porcelain sold for $270,000 at Pook & Pook in Downington, Pennsylvania.

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Global selection offered at Exeter sale

03 February 2020

With an Irish silver ‘seal salver’ gleaming at the first Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) sale of the year (ATG No 2427), Italy, China and Russia provided other highlights.

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French cabinets head to an Eastern buyer

03 February 2020

Among the gems spotted in 2092 mixed lots at Stroud Auctions’ (18% buyer’s premium) year-opener on January 8, the best-seller was the final lot.

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The web shop window: netsuke from 1830 surfaces in time for the year of the rat

03 February 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Obituary: Porcelain dealer Wouter van Halm (1946-2019)

27 January 2020

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father, mentor and partner Wouter van Halm. He passed away peacefully just before Christmas, having been diagnosed with cancer just over a year previously.

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