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.

Qianlong period Imperial white jade teapot

Sotheby’s launches hybrid format combining elements of auctions and private sales

16 May 2020

Sotheby’s has launched a new hybrid sale format which is a cross between an auction and private sale.

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Pick of the week: Chinese vase sets new online record

11 May 2020

A Chinese blue and white vase achieved a hammer price of over £3m at an online auction that closed in Singapore last week.

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Chinese table clock combining Western and Oriental features offered at Hanover sale

11 May 2020

For centuries, China was a rewarding market for European clock and watchmakers who created extravagant timepieces for their Oriental clientele.

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Musical box suitable for a big noise comes to auction

11 May 2020

As a rule, musical boxes, which were the favoured mode of reproducing music by mechanical means in the salons of Europe and the US during the 19th century, were more or less portable mechanisms.

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Bronze group purchaser could be rewarded if research confirms Giambologna link

11 May 2020

At Keys (20% buyer’s premium) in Aylsham a lot catalogued as ‘a patinated bronze group of a lion attacking a horse’ drew – and to an extent commanded – much attention.

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Robe became magical prop in Paris before auction in Munich

11 May 2020

This late 19th century surcoat or longgua, finely embroidered in silk and gold thread with eight dragon roundels, was originally worn by a high-ranking woman at the Chinese Imperial court.

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Chinese blue and white vase sets auction record at online sale

05 May 2020

A Chinese blue and white vase achieved a hammer price of over £3m at an online auction that closed in Singapore this week.

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Dr No rubs shoulders with caddies and dishes

04 May 2020

Among 83 lots of film and entertainment memorabilia offered at Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) in Bury in St Edmunds was a British quad-size poster for 'Dr No', the first James Bond film starring Sean Connery released in 1962.

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Porcelain bottle from former governor-general of Ceylon's collection offered at Singapore auction

27 April 2020

The timed sale of Oriental ceramics and works of art to be held by Hotlotz Singapore running until May 3 features a selection of items from the descendants of Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke, GCMG, KCVO, KBE, KStJ, who was governor-general of Ceylon from 1954-62.

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Kangxi – but badly damaged

20 April 2020

It is badly damaged, but this large shallow dish offered by Aldridges of Bath (20% buyer’s premium) is an outstanding example of Kangxi mark and period famille verte porcelain.

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Asian art zingers in Zurich sale

06 April 2020

Some keenly contested examples of Asian art featured in the large sale held by Schuler in Zurich on March 23-27.

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Spring auction brings varied array of Asian art to Lewes along with European treats

06 April 2020

A cross-section of Asian art – Qing porcelain, Meiji Satsuma and Euro-Asiatic ivories – provided the prizes at Gorringe’s (21% buyer’s premium) spring sale held in Lewes.

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Obituary: Tuyet Nguyet – founder of Arts of Asia magazine

30 March 2020

With the recent passing in Hong Kong of Tuyet Nguyet the oriental art world has lost one of its major personalities.

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Immortal bowl’s lasting effect

30 March 2020

This Yongzheng (1722-35) mark and period Eight Immortals bowl sold for £26,000 at the Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) auction in Teddington last month.

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Kashmir woollen design is surprise top seller as a family estate comes to Yorkshire auction

23 March 2020

Long unseen material from the country home of an ancient English family brought some estimate-demolishing five-figure bids at Morphets (17.5% buyer’s premium) including a genuine sleeper.

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Huge competition for Chinese export plates with Jacobite Highlands scenes

23 March 2020

Among the most recognisable of all the famille rose porcelain designs produced in China for export to Europe are the so-called ‘Scotsmen’ or ‘Highlander’ plates.

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‘Dragon’ dishes fire up a house record in East Yorkshire

09 March 2020

A pair of doucai ‘dragon’ dishes that was entered for sale by a local vendor sold for over 25-times estimate at East Yorkshire saleroom Hawley’s.

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New York dealers remain open for business for 'Asia Week' despite coronavirus alert

02 March 2020

The spread of coronavirus may have halted the auctions at this year’s 'Asia Week New York', but dealers are going ahead with the event as planned, bringing together more than 35 exhibitors and nearly 20 talks.

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Pick of the week: Exceptional shodana shows super details

02 March 2020

David Lay’s (18% buyer's premium) second stand-alone Asian art sale held in Penzance was topped at £65,500 (estimate £3000-5000) by this shodana made in Meiji period Japan, c.1890.

Kangxi blue and white dishes

Kangxi dishes, altar candlesticks and Boxing-themed pottery – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

28 February 2020

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a rare pair of Kangxi period blue and white ‘narrative’ dishes that made over 20-times estimate.

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