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.

Deities

British antiques restorer arrested and investigated in US court case

27 July 2021

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating a multi-million-pound Asian antiquities ‘trafficking ring’ and has arrested a British antiques restorer as part of the case.

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Hu knew? Yongzheng vase takes over 700-times estimate in Irish auction

26 July 2021

Bidders deem Yongzheng Guan ware to be of the period as estimate is demolished

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Chinese table topper from private Scottish collection sells 70-times over estimate in Glasgow

26 July 2021

A private Scottish collection was the source of the-top selling lot at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow on July 2.

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Vase bought at Sotheby’s Seligman sale reappears in Bath auction

26 July 2021

This small Transitional porcelain vase came for sale at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, Bath, on July 1.

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Peach of a lot consigned in a plastic bag attracts 100 bids

26 July 2021

Very much to current collecting taste is the 6½in (16.5cm) ‘peach bloom’ saucer dish shown here, offered by Batemans (20% buyer’s premium) on July 3.

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Vietnamese paintings on silk come to auction in Nimes

26 July 2021

These two small paintings on silk are by the Vietnamese artist Mai Trung Thu.

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Republican pieces spotted within lots of plates

26 July 2021

Aficionados of later Chinese porcelain who happened to stumble on a lot of ‘collector’s plates’ at Unique Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Lincoln would have been excited to spot two fine artist-signed Republic period pieces.

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Double gourd snuff bottle sniffed out

26 July 2021

Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Asian art sale was topped at £27,000 (estimate £3000-5000) by a Qing jade double gourd form snuff bottle.

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Chinese ritual wine vessel has considerable animal attraction

05 July 2021

Based on Warring States (475-225BC) archetypes, archaistic bronze ritual wine vessels, zun, formed as tapirs became popular during the Northern Song period, remained so through to the Qing dynasty, and are major draws in Western salerooms today.

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German all-time auction record: Sino-Tibetan bronze takes €9.5m bid at Nagel

28 June 2021

Stuttgart auction house Nagel called it ‘beyond doubt one of the most important gilt-bronzes to appear on the market for many years’ – and the monumental Ming dynasty Sino-Tibetan figure of the wrathful deity Vajrabhairava did not disappoint.

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Scroll painting given to a politician makes eight-times estimate in Zurich

28 June 2021

Li Keran, who died in 1989, is considered to be one of the most influential Chinese Contemporary painters. He not only taught a generation of young artists; he is credited with the revival of Chinese landscape painting.

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Qing vase on offer at Perth sale

21 June 2021

The three-day sale at Lindsay Burns in Perth on July 20-22 includes this Qing porcelain blue and white vase decorated with five dragons contesting a flaming pearl amid cloud scrolls.

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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Chinese coffee cups ordered by Joshua Reynolds offered at Tennants

21 June 2021

A pair of Chinese Qianlong Period coffee cups commissioned by portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) are included in Tennants’ Summer Fine Sale on July 16-17.

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Japanese cabinet for the export market emerges at Christie’s New York

21 June 2021

Christie’s New York rooms is holding an online sale titled Treasures of a Storied Manhattan Collection open for bidding from June 15-July 1.

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Famous estate source yields mixed selection at Cheffins

21 June 2021

Included in the Cheffins Fine Sale in Cambridge on June 30-July 1 are more than 50 lots of furniture, antiques, ceramics and collectors’ items from the famous Hertfordshire estate, Julians Park.

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‘Drunken Poet’, ‘Vanquisher of Ghosts’ and more

21 June 2021

A highlight from the Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on July 27 is this set of four porcelain plaques by the celebrated Republic period artist Wang Qi (1884-1937).

Asian Art in London

Online bi-monthly magazine puts Spotlight on Asian Art in London

14 June 2021

Asian Art in London has announced the dates for its autumn 2021 season and the launch of a 60-page digital sales magazine called Spotlight.

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Ming dish sets house record in Copenhagen auction

07 June 2021

Copenhagen auction house Bruun Rasmussen achieved a house record with the sale of an early Ming porcelain dish.

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Essex sale provides latest market test for Company School ornithological paintings

07 June 2021

Interest in the exquisitely detailed ornithological paintings produced by Indian artists from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries has grown significantly over the last few decades.

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