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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Paris springs into Asian action with 10-days of auctions, exhibitions and events

06 May 2019

Further proof of the success of the dedicated dealer and auction house initiatives promoting Asian art and expertise in Western capitals comes next month in Paris.

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Huthart collection of netsuke offered at Bonhams

06 May 2019

Robert S Huthart, the Newcastle-born manager of the Hong Kong department store conglomerate Lane Crawford, was first introduced to netsuke on a visit to Tokyo when he was given of a copy of 'The Wonderful World of Netsuke' by Raymond Bushell.

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East India Company captain's Chinese export charger appears at Sworders

06 May 2019

This Chinese export charger, measuring 15in (40cm), is one of two from the service made for Captain Matthew Martin, captain of the 32-gun East Indiaman Marlborough.

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Skidmore collection at Henry Aldridge features Chinese export silver

06 May 2019

Henry Aldridge & Son will offer items from the Skidmore collection at its May 18 sale – including these pieces of late 19th century Chinese ‘export’ silver.

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Asian source consigns Qianlong throne to Christie’s

06 May 2019

This 3ft 10in (1.15m) wide Qianlong (1736-95) three-colour lacquer throne merits a catalogue of its own and an £800,000-1.2m estimate at Christie’s in London on May 14.

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Dreweatts to offer Xuande bronze ‘dragon’ censer

06 May 2019

At Donnington Priory on May 23, Dreweatts will hold a sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art where this 17th or 18th century bronze ‘dragon’ censer and original stand, with Xuande four-character mark, is pitched at £8000-12,000.

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'Scholar’s Treasures' at Chiswick Auctions includes Qing carved wood displays

06 May 2019

Chiswick Auctions’ May 20 sale in west London titled 'Wood Speaks: From Chinese furniture to Scholar’s Treasures' includes a collection of 200 Qing dynasty carved wood displays.

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Bellmans offer 18th century Canton plaque in West Sussex

06 May 2019

The May 14-16 Interiors series at Bellmans of Wisborough Green, West Sussex, features a substantial Asian section.

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A grand Chinese view and at Japanese teabowl stand emerge at Woolley & Wallis

06 May 2019

On May 21 Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury will offer 'The Grand View of Chao Mountain' by Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) estimated at £100,000-150,000 as part of its sale of Chinese paintings and works of art.

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Sotheby’s to offer Shibata Zeshin panel in London sale

06 May 2019

This framed wood panel decorated in gold, silver and red lacquer with a pair of spiny lobsters on a rocky outcrop is signed 'Gyoen Hachijuni O Koma Zeshin' (An old man in his 82nd year, Kona Zeshin) and dated 1888.

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Peach of a pair of Melba vases offered at Bonhams in Australia

06 May 2019

The famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba once owned this pair of ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ bottle vases which were sold at auction from her estate in 2015.

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Quality counts in Japanese market

06 May 2019

Works by Namikawa Yasuyuki underline how buyers are aiming at the very best when it comes to the Japanese market ahead of a series of UK sales.

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Tang dynasty rabbit makes appearance at Timeline Auctions

06 May 2019

Some early Chinese objects are included in the Timeline Auctions sale in Harwich, Essex on May 28.

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Hong Kong antiques fair set for 12th edition

06 May 2019

The 12th edition of the International Antiques Fair takes place in Hong Kong this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It runs from May 24-28, coinciding with the main spring auction series held by Christie’s.

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Second tranche of Kisan works offered at Roseberys

06 May 2019

Last November Roseberys in London sold a set of 16 paintings on silk by Kim Jun Keun, better known by his artistic name Kisan, for a surprise £40,000.

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Hardwood bitong emerges at Bath auction

06 May 2019

A Chinese ‘sleeper’ emerged in a Vintage and General Sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium), Corsham, near Bath on April 25 courtesy of a textbook ‘scholar’s’ object.

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Wanli altar vase heads to Duke’s

06 May 2019

Duke’s Asian sale on May 20 includes this Wanli (1572-1620) mark and period wucai ‘zun’ altar vase.

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Qing pen box takes £33,000 at Surrey sale

06 May 2019

Estimated at £300-500, a finely decorated Qing famille rose pen box and cover was knocked down for £33,000 at a recent sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Meiji-period cloisonné enamel vase heads back to Japan after auction in Kent

25 April 2019

A Meiji period vase by one of the greatest exponents of the intricate art of cloisonné enamel will be heading back to its country of origin after its sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Auction house looks beyond Lakeland for diverse lots

19 April 2019

In the proud tradition of UK provincial auction houses, the 2000-lot, three-day sale at Mitchells (20% buyer’s premium) offered a world of artefacts from way beyond its Lakeland base of Cockermouth.

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