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.


Items from auctioneer Whitfield's collection come for sale

01 May 2023

The Asian & Islamic Art sale at Mallams in Cheltenham on May 24 includes items from the collection of auctioneer Paul Whitfield (1942–2018).


Leafy branch with chestnuts left Tokyo in 1968

01 May 2023

This lacquer painting on lacquered paper, a study of a leafy branch with chestnuts, is signed by Shibata Zeshin (1807-91).


Dr Wou Kiuan Collection takes a journey through history

01 May 2023

Sotheby’s conducts a timed online sale from May 10-17 titled A Journey Through China’s History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection.


Japanese desk and box could be the write stuff to buy

01 May 2023

Bonhams is conducting a sale on May 18 titled Samurai Beauties and Townsmen: Japanese Art in Peace and War.


Guanyin on hand thanks to a noted collector

01 May 2023

This rare 2ft 7in (78cm) high white marble stele depicting the Buddhist goddess Guanyin predates was carved in the Northern Qi dynasty, (550-577AD), around the time of the Sutton Hoo hoard.


Carp with crashing waves swim into Bath auction

01 May 2023

The sale at Ma San in Bath on May 4 includes this Japanese double gourd carp vase by Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916).


Sword makers and armourers courted a new clientele after abolition of Samurai

01 May 2023

Among the most striking Japanese works of art in Chiswick Auctions’ sale is this life-size model of an eagle with wings outstretched on a gnarled branch.


Pressing engagement in Essex

01 May 2023

The oshi-e technique, meaning ‘pressed picture’, involves folding and pressing scraps of fabric, such as kimono cloth, and washi paper to create an image.


Transitional vase decorated with scene from literary epic

01 May 2023

This 16in (41cm) blue and white sleeve vase from the Transitional period is on offer at the Bonhams Knightsbridge sale titled Asian Art on May 15.


Boxwood netsuke deer among lots at Lyon & Turnbull

01 May 2023

The sale of Asian art at Lyon & Turnbull in London on May 16 includes this late Edo or Meiji period boxwood netsuke of a recumbent deer signed Masakiyo.


Auspicious aspects of vase for sale from a private collector

01 May 2023

The Asian art sale at Halls in Shrewsbury on May 11 features this 10½in (27cm) pink ground famille rose vase.


Owned by a London connoisseur, gentleman collector and agent to Victor Rothschild

01 May 2023

This pair of 10in (25cm) famille verte and ormolu vases has a provenance to Arthur Tite (1904-84), the London connoisseur, gentleman collector and agent to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron (1910-90).


Lotus and chrysanthemum set to blossom

01 May 2023

Roseberys’ Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art sale on May 16-17 runs to over 1000 lots and includes two private collections.

UK still holds its own despite overseas focus

01 May 2023

Once the centre of the Asian art trade, and still the repository for some of the most knowledgeable dealers on the subject, the London market has weakened in recent years.


European landscapes in view on Canton vase

01 May 2023

This 14in (36cm) Qianlong mark and period Canton vase of square baluster form is painted with four oval cartouches with European rural landscape views.


Xuande ‘pomegranate’ box and cover displays imperial appeal

01 May 2023

Dreweatts’ sale on May 17-18 includes a very rare Xuande (1426-35) mark and period cloisonné ‘pomegranate’ box and cover.


Ming ritual water vessel offered at Chiswick Auctions

01 May 2023

The sale of Asian Art at Chiswick Auctions on May 19 is led by this rare example of Ming dynasty cloisonné.


Galloway closes Dover Street gallery space

01 May 2023

Asian art specialist Francesca Galloway has left her Dover Street, London, premises of 16 years as she considers new directions for the business and other interests.

Reverse painted mirror

Reverse appeal reflects export mirror’s condition

17 April 2023

This 18th century Chinese export reverse-painted mirror in a period gilt frame took a five-figure sum at auction.


Dealers go to auction as the trade adapts to a new business landscape

17 April 2023

A spate of businesses taking stock and personal collections to the saleroom reflects wider changes in the market