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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Sleeping ‘imperial poem’ plaques awakened at New Jersey auction

27 November 2023

Catalogued simply as an ‘ornate Chinese plaque’ and estimated at $600-800, a Qing lacquer and porcelain panel hammered for a remarkable $440,000 (£359,000) at Regency Auction House in Rockaway, New Jersey.

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Deaccessioned works receive big auction welcome

27 November 2023

Classical Chinese furniture deaccessioned from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts produced some sensational results at a dedicated Asian Art sale held by Brunk Auctions (23% buyer’s premium) in Asheville, North Carolina on October 19.

Qianlong vase

Chinese jade from Lawrence family collection soars past estimate

20 November 2023

The most eagerly awaited of the five Asian art catalogues offered by Woolley & Wallis was an array of 34 Chinese jades from the Lawrence family collection.

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Imperial power told through a £110,000 hardwood chest

20 November 2023

A Chinese ‘dragon’ box fashioned in the prized Asian wood zitan sold for £110,000 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) on November 3.

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Korean screen heads to US institution at £175,000

20 November 2023

This 18th century Korean eight-panel screen depicts a subject borrowed from Ming prototypes: a banquet honouring the famed Tang dynasty general Guo Ziyi.

Guqin

Pick of the week: Chinese instruments belonging to a Dutchman who was in tune with China

13 November 2023

The Dutch diplomat, musician, writer and sinologist Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-67), also known as Gao Luopei, was a great admirer of traditional Chinese literati culture.

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Rare set of Keika chrysanthemums kept intact

13 November 2023

The late 19th century Japanese artist Keika Hasegawa remains something of an enigma.

Bronze figure of a Luohan

Chinese bronze hands vendor big reward

06 November 2023

A spectacular Chinese bronze surfaced at DuMouchelles’ auction in Detroit.

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Exquisite Chinese sleeper – but not in best condition

06 November 2023

A textbook Chinese sleeper emerged at a recent sale held by Helmuth Stone (25% buyer’s premium): this 11in (29cm) cinnabar red lacquer circular box and cover.

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Shi Lu picked out at $430,000

06 November 2023

Estimated at $30,000-50,000, an ink and colour on paper hanging scroll by Shi Lu (1919-82) took a mighty $430,000 (£354,500) at the latest Bonhams (28/27/21% buyer’s premium) auction of Fine Chinese Paintings in New York.

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Baskets bring in the bidders

06 November 2023

Japanese Contemporary crafts currently enjoy a stronger following than more traditional works of art.

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Scroll on Song in the Windy City

06 November 2023

Chinese item was owned by dealer who ran famed store on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago

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Riding in with Carter provenance

06 November 2023

This pair of Qianlong (1735-96) cloisonné standing lion dogs with riders came for sale at Heritage (25% buyer’s premium) with a provenance to George Ann Brown Carter, wife of media scion Amon Giles Carter Jr (1919-82) of Fort Worth, Texas.

Safavid Islamic Mecca-centred world map

The map where Mecca is centre of attention

30 October 2023

A rare Islamic Mecca-centred world map, considered a masterpiece from Safavid Persia, will star in the Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams.

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Awards and smiles at Asian Art in London reception

30 October 2023

Dealers and auctioneers participating in Asian Art in London were joined by visitors from around the world at a special reception held at Sotheby's on New Bond Street last week.

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Indian silver with a British touch at Californian auction

30 October 2023

The September 24 sale at Fine Estate, Inc (23% buyer’s premium) in San Rafael, California, included this example of Anglo-Indian silver.

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Kangxi sweetmeat set comes from private collection

23 October 2023

Marchant’s exhibition Kangxi Biscuit and Pottery: A Private French Collection includes this early Kangxi famille verte biscuit porcelain circular sweetmeat set, c.1670.

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Flight of the phoenix

23 October 2023

Jacqueline Simcox stages her exhibition of Chinese textiles in South Kensington’s Cromwell Place.

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Product of the ancient Tokoname kiln

23 October 2023

The ancient Tokoname kiln was the largest and most prolific of the so-called six ancient kilns of Japan.

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Seized jade now for sale

23 October 2023

Bonhams’ Fine Chinese Art sale on November 2 includes this Qing jade carving of a mythical beast that formed part of the seminal Chinesische Kunst exhibition of 1929 in Berlin.

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