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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Scrimshaw reminder of the whaler that was captained and crewed by African-Americans

12 February 2024

A 19th century scrimshaw carved on board a whaling ship with an all African-American crew sold for $7250 (£5700) at Bruneau & Co (20% buyer’s premium).

Chinese bronze vessel

Stolen ancient bronze recovered 40 years later and returned to China

07 February 2024

A 2900-year-old Chinese bronze vessel that was stolen 40 years ago has been returned to China following a repatriation ceremony.

Moonflask

Third Qing ‘dragon boat’ flask emerges in US

05 February 2024

A famille rose porcelain moon flask, possibly made at the imperial kilns for the Qing emperor Jiaqing, took more than 75-times estimate at auction.

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It’s a shore thing: Namikawa Yasuyuki Japanese cloisonné vase delights

05 February 2024

Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) is one of the most famous and highly regarded masters of the art of Japanese cloisonné.

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Butterflies signal a long life and a good price

05 February 2024

Modestly guided at just £200-300, this tiny Qianlong period ruby-glazed teabowl and 4in (10.5cm) diameter saucer generated plenty of interest when it came up for sale at Elstob (25% buyer’s premium).

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Auction house hails ‘incredibly busy and buoyant’ start to the new year

05 February 2024

North Yorkshire saleroom starts 2024 with 2600 lots offered over two weeks in four auctions

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Dublin auction offers single-owner collection of Chinese jewels made using bright blue feathers

29 January 2024

The bright blue iridescent feathers of the kingfisher have been used to decorate objects and jewellery and items of personal adornment for over 2000 years in China, where the birds are also known as jade or jadeite birds.

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Five questions with Mehmet Keskiner of Kent Antiques

15 January 2024

Mehmet Keskiner is the founder of Kent Antiques specialising in Islamic and Indian works of art as well as 19th century Orientalist paintings. Keskiner runs Kent Antiques from a gallery in Queen’s Gate by appointment only with his brother Dr Philip Bora Keskiner and his wife Melis Aran Keskiner.

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Moon flask shone ‘in Brighton Pavilion’

15 January 2024

On January 30, as part of Old Masters Week, Sotheby’s New York conducts a sale titled The Pleasure of Objects: The Ian & Carolina Irving Collection.

A Turkoman asmalyk

Rare central Asian textile takes £26,000 at Gorringe's

09 January 2024

A 19th century silk weaving sold for 144 times the top-estimate in Lewes on January 8.

Quran

Beautiful Quran bought for nearly £300,000 at Swiss auction

08 January 2024

The extensive auctions at Schuler (23/20/16% buyer’s premium) in Zürich always contain at least one truly spectacular result and the latest three-day sale was no exception.

Yomut Asmalyk carpet

Carpets galore in a German saleroom

08 January 2024

A German collector consigned 28 carpets for the November 25 sale at Rippon Boswell (25% buyer’s premium) in Wiesbaden.

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Beastly netsuke nets five figures at German auction

08 January 2024

While auction prices for works of art from Japan can scarcely compete with those achieved for pieces from China, the sale at Hargesheimer (28% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf on November 30 showed that there is still a healthy market for netsuke.

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Komai casket demonstrates Meiji metalwork at its very best

02 January 2024

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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Top stories this week including a major sleeper as Chinese plaques make 500 times estimate

10 December 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a sleeping ‘imperial poem’ panel of plaques awakened at a New Jersey auction.

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Yasuyuki masterpiece makes £11,000 in Shropshire

04 December 2023

This silver and enamel vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), the great master of Japanese cloisonné, sold to an English collector for £11,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).

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The highlights of Herat and Cairo, renowned workshops

04 December 2023

Sixth instalment of single-owner collection on offer in west London features wonderful workshops

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Pick of the week: Album connects ceramics collectors

04 December 2023

An album of watercolour studies of Ottoman ceramics that connects two of the British collectors of the early 20th century raced away from its estimate at Dominic Winter in Gloucestershire.

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Happy to have got your goat? Yes, three in fact

27 November 2023

In Chinese symbolism, three goats shown together are representative of the New Year, bringing a change of fortune (sanyang kaitai).

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Back from 1910 honeymoon with a Satsuma vase

27 November 2023

Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) is considered the ‘prince’ of the so-called Satsuma medium.

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