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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


Dragon bowl from collection of Admiral Robert Coote emerges

02 May 2022

This Jiajing (1525-66) mark and period wucai dragon bowl will be offered for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on May 17.


From a client of Bluett’s

02 May 2022

The Asian art sale at Duke’s of Dorchester, scheduled for May, has been moved back to June 15 to incorporate a significant late consignment.


Chinese and Japanese items from family collection bring strong demand in Chicago saleroom

18 April 2022

Many of the Asian sales in the US held over recent weeks took place in New York as part of its Asia week celebrations but auctions were also staged in other cities.


Chaise longue value lies in the maker

11 April 2022

Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire

Company School painting of a monkey

Top-selling Company School painting of a monkey stars in our pick of six auction highlights sold this week

08 April 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a striking 18th century Indian miniature of a monkey that made over five-times estimate in South London.

Isnik tile

Isnik tile makes second spectacular sale appearance

04 April 2022

An Isnik fritware tile familiar to ATG readers made its second visit to the saleroom last week.


Obituary: Anthony du Boulay (1929-2022) – a key figure in Asian art ‘colossal expansion’

04 April 2022

The much respected and hugely knowledgeable former Christie’s director auctioneer, Anthony du Boulay, sadly died recently at home in Poundbury, Dorset.


Rothschild name tempts bidders

04 April 2022

Provenance adds cachet to a varied selection offered in regional sale after London first dibs


Japanese new weave wave

04 April 2022

During the Meiji period, the Kyoto artist and entrepreneur Nishimura Sozaemon (1855-1935) used Western mechanised weaving techniques to develop new styles of Japanese decorative textiles.


Previews: Islamic & Indian works of art

21 March 2022

The spring and autumn traditionally turn the London spotlight on Islamic and Indian works of art. This year there are specialist sales at five auction houses in March and April: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, Chiswick Auctions and Roseberys. Pictured here are some highlights together with associated works of art from mixed-discipline sales.


Chinese seal with a taste of spinach

21 March 2022

A highlight of the Asian arts sale to be held by Beaussant Lefèvre at Drouot in Paris on April 15 will be this Qing dynasty spinach-green nephrite jade imperial seal that belonged to the Qianlong Emperor (1736-95).


5 Questions: Asian art dealer Shanshan Wang

07 March 2022

Shanshan Wang is among the exhibitors at this month’s Chelsea Antiques & Fine Art Fair. She focuses on early Asian art from the Neolithic era to the 10th century and also produces contemporary pieces of her own.


Jun bowl from a family collection at Skinner

07 March 2022

Skinner is holding two sales of Asian works of art in Marlborough, Massachusetts, this month: online from March 14-24 and live on March 23.


HG Beasley’s collecting odyssey since the age of 13

28 February 2022

Two Soloman Island clubs were catalyst to amassing of more than 10,000 artefacts


A duo of ‘Qianlong’ objects inspired by China’s archaic past emerge at regional sales

28 February 2022

This blue and white ewer with a Qianlong mark offered at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge as part of an Interiors sale is of a type modelled on a Zhou bronze ritual wine vessel or 'he'.