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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Going for a Song at £56,000

16 May 2022

It was during the Song dynasty that tea parties became the vogue and tea houses flourished.

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Winning the seal of approval: Emperor’s stamp from Wou Kiuan collection brings £13m

09 May 2022

A soapstone seal used by the emperor Qianlong to express his approval of paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection sold at auction in Hong Kong for HK$131m (£13m) on April 29.

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Duo helped to revive golden age Japanese ceramics

09 May 2022

The Bizen ware of Kaneshige Tōyō (1896-1967) and the Hagi ware of Miwa Kyūwa (1895-1981) star at 'Branching Out', an exhibition at Joan B Mirviss of New York.

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Hanson admits ‘I made mistake’

09 May 2022

The top-selling lots at Hansons’ April 1 Fine Art Sale were two pieces of Chinese blue and white porcelain.

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Xianfeng’s flask comes to auction

02 May 2022

Alastair Gibson Auctions has secured a remarkable Chinese imperial object with a Second Opium War provenance for a sale in London in the summer.

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Early Ming vase at Lyon & Turnbull

02 May 2022

Lyon & Turnbull’s Fine Asian & Islamic Works of Art auction includes this Longquan yuhuchun vase with carved decoration from the early Ming period.

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Marks of a Jesuit

02 May 2022

European subject matter adorns this rare 18th century painted enamel ‘Jesuit’ bowl.

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Going global: A preview of the spring series of UK Asian art sales

02 May 2022

Globalisation, the phenomenon that first created a Western market for Asian art in the 17th century, is once more changing the way that Chinese works of art, in particular, are being sold.

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Polish and Poise

02 May 2022

Bonhams holds a sale titled Polish and Poise: Japanese Art Through the Centuries sale at New Bond Street on May 12.

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Lacquer discovery at Bonhams

02 May 2022

This 14th century cinnabar lacquer dish measuring almost 14in (35cm) across was acquired in Shanghai by the father of the present owner in the 1930s.

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Kinkozan set

02 May 2022

McTear’s in Glasgow conducts an Asian Art sale on June 10 where a set of 11 Satsuma plates is guided at £1000-2000.

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Kangxi famille noire vase offered at Sotheby’s

02 May 2022

The sale of Important Chinese Art at Sotheby’s on May 11 includes this monumental Kangxi famille noire vase estimated at £220,000-280,000.

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Front cover lot reappears at Chiswick Auctions

02 May 2022

Chiswick Auctions holds three sales on May 16-17: Asian Art Part I and Part II and a catalogue titled The Chinese Art of Monochrome.

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A qianjiang master at Frome auction

02 May 2022

Led by Asian art specialist Lee Young, Dore & Rees will conduct a sale of Fine Asian Art in Frome on May 16.

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Bingham collection at Olympia Auctions includes Tibetan ritual trumpet

02 May 2022

This 19th century Tibetan conch shell ritual trumpet, known as a dung-dkar, forms part of the Tony Bingham collection of musical instruments.

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Meiji naturalism on show at Woolley & Wallis

02 May 2022

The sale of Japanese works of art at Woolley & Wallis on the morning of May 17 is led by this 8in (20cm) high silvered bronze okimono of a cockatoo.

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'Heavenly' globe vase at Dreweatts

02 May 2022

This 2ft (60cm) tianqiuping or ‘heavenly globe vase’ is seemingly the only one known with this decoration.

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Archaic bronze censer in Essex

02 May 2022

Vessels of archaistic form were popular with the Qing who wished to emulate the perceived virtues of antiquity.

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Chinese export service still in the family since c.1755

02 May 2022

Dreweatts’ May 18 sale of Chinese ceramics and works of art includes a 42-piece Chinese export part service which has been in the same family since purchase in c.1755.

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Qianlong-marked tazza at Roseberys

02 May 2022

These are three views of a famille rose ‘flowers and wufu’ tazza that has an estimate of £8000-12,000.

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