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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How pictures ‘attributed to’ or ‘after’ an artist can still attract plenty of interest

06 February 2023

The market for ‘after’ or ‘attributed to’ works is often rather unpredictable. While some works will inevitably fall flat at auction, others sometimes take off.

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Collector interview: Lecturer's lessons in Islamic and Persian art

06 February 2023

Dr Richard Piran McClary is a senior lecturer in Islamic art and architecture in the history of art department at The University of York.

Bleu de Hue porcelain dishes

Top-selling porcelain dishes star in our pick of six auction highlights sold this week

03 February 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a pair of blue and white porcelain dishes that made over 130-times estimate in Dorset.

Silver teapot

Dedicated Indian Raj silver auctions launched

30 January 2023

Chiswick Auctions will conduct what it believes is the first ever auction devoted to Indian and Burmese silver of the Raj period on February 14.

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Wooden netsuke take centre stage after strict antique ivory trade regulations kick in

30 January 2023

With the ivory versions now heavily restricted, a New York auction provided a test of the current market

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'Forget the guide' says Hanson as bronze figure brings bidding frenzy

30 January 2023

Strong provenance helps seated guardian figure estimated at £100-150 to stand out at Derbyshire auction

Guangxu kamcheng

Straits Settlement new high set at Singapore auction

23 January 2023

A record for Peranakan or Straits Settlement porcelain was set at an auction in Singapore when a Guangxu kamcheng took Sin$74,000 (£46,000).

Ding Yingzong print

Rare Qing woodblock print stars in our pick of five auction highlights

20 January 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an 18th century print by Ding Yingzong depicting magnolia that made over 300-times estimate.

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Bonhams to sell Chinese export porcelain from dealer Cohen & Cohen

09 January 2023

On January 24 Bonhams in New York will offer a single owner-sale of more than 150 lots of Chinese export porcelain from the renowned specialist dealer in the field, Cohen & Cohen.

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Rothschild Qing cache packed away but now seeing the light of sale day

02 January 2023

A major draw to a recent Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art was a cache of Qing porcelain and hardstone carvings previously owned by Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961).

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Two birds dish brings in £165,000 at Kinghams

02 January 2023

The sale at Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium) in Moreton-in-Marsh included a 12in (30cm) carved cinnabar lacquer dish dating from the late Yuan or early Ming period – c.1350-1400.

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Services surface from a country house

02 January 2023

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) ‘part II’ sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at the end of last year included Chinese export porcelain from ‘the china store of a Somerset country house’.

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Folk and drama prints proved popular with urban audiences

02 January 2023

By illustrating and combining popular folk songs with scenes of dramas of the time, the artist or workshop named Ding Liangxian created a new type of woodblock print for urban Chinese audiences in the second quarter of the 18th century.

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News in Brief – including an auction record for any netsuke

02 January 2023

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including an 18th century Kyoto carving setting an auction record at Bonhams for any netsuke.

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Asian art: Look through a lens of Tibetan Buddhism

02 January 2023

Creative examples featured in recent UK auctions show the influence of religion and culture on the Manchu rulers of the Qing

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Home called Hazelwood stood in Shanghai

02 January 2023

A large reticulated ‘dragon and phoenix’ censer came for sale at Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham from a Herefordshire vendor whose family had lived in Shanghai in the 1930s.

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Sword makers and armourers forced to turn to peaceful pursuits

02 January 2023

The Komai family of sword makers and armourers were among the many Japanese metalworkers courting a new clientele during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

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Vietnamese focus at UK sales

02 January 2023

Vietnamese buyers have sent the best works of art from the Le (1428-1789) and Nguyen (1802-1945) dynasties to unchartered territory in recent years.

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Hiroshige took a stand for the vertical format

02 January 2023

The Rokujuyoshu Meisho Zue (Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces) series was the last great landscape work created by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858).

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Provenance is key to cong result

02 January 2023

Neolithic jade congs – the inspiration for many pieces of Qing and later porcelain – are probably some of the most intriguing objects from ancient Chinese culture.

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