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.


Vase bought in Shanghai 1933

23 October 2023

This Jin dynasty Cizhou-type double gourd vase comes for sale at Mallams in Cheltenham on November 8 with an estimate of £2000-3000.


‘Dragon’ bowls from the China trade

23 October 2023

This pair of yellow ground and green enamelled ‘dragon’ bowls have Qianlong six-character marks and are of the period.


Bottle Crash in Somerset

23 October 2023

Shozo Shimamoto (1928-2013) was a founding member of the Gutai movement that looked for new ways to apply paint to a canvas.


Korean banquet fills up eight panels

23 October 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.


Shou Loa with provenance

23 October 2023

The November 6-7 Asian Art sale at Chiswick Auctions includes this Song dynasty ding ware pottery figure of Shou Loa, god of longevity.


Elephants at the Qing court

23 October 2023

Bonhams’ general Asian art sale in Knightsbridge on October 30 includes this late 18th century hardstone, mother-of-pearl and lacquer table screen.


Two heads better than one

23 October 2023

Emerging dealer Shanshan Wang (trading as W Shanshan) collaborates with Stern Pissarro Gallery of St James’s for this edition of Asian Art in London.


A Transitional moment in a collector’s life

23 October 2023

This autumn, as he refines his collecting impulses, Anthony Lovett is selling pieces from his collection of Kangxi porcelain


The beast of the Tang

23 October 2023

Despite the proliferation of pottery horse sculptures from the Tang period, they were (by imperial edict) reserved for the aristocratic class.


Sanggam from the Goryeo

23 October 2023

This Korean slip-inlaid (sanggam) celadon-glazed cup stand dates from the 13th century and the height of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392).


Show with noble intentions

23 October 2023

This Kangxi period double-gourd ewer decorated in underglaze powder blue, overglaze famille verte enamels and gold is part of Jorge Welsh’s exhibition.


Asian Art in London award nominees: Eyes on the East

23 October 2023

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s East Asian art season has been announced. The Antiques Trade Gazette Award for Outstanding East Asian Work of Art from an Auction House and the Apollo Award for Outstanding East Asian Work of Art from a Dealer each have three finalists. There is also an award for Modern & Contemporary Art


More art for the literati from Marsh

23 October 2023

This 18in (45cm) high Chongzhen (1627-44) blue and white sleeve vase dated to the Wuyin year corresponding to 1638 is decorated with a scene from a popular 17th century drama based on a Tang poem.


Scholar takes boat journey

23 October 2023

This Ming dynasty cloisonné enamel literati subject box and cover, 15th or very early 16th century, is one of the highlights on offer at Priestly & Ferraro’s exhibition of Chinese ceramics and works of art.


The Edo pecking order

23 October 2023

The Woolley & Wallis Japanese sale includes some good examples of the Edo period porcelains that wowed the European courts of the 17th and early 18th centuries.


Dennison’s love of the Samurai

23 October 2023

The art of the Samurai comes to Essex firm Sworders on November 2.


Kenneth Lawley collection on offer at Sotheby’s

23 October 2023

Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale on November 1 includes the collection of Dr Kenneth Lawley (1937-2023), a longtime member of the Oriental Ceramic Society.


Golden opportunity for snuff bottles

23 October 2023

Susan Page brings a selection of snuff bottles from the Golden Autumn Collection to this year’s Asian Art in London, staging the show at Daniel Crouch Rare Books in St James’s.


Southern barbarians march into a Nanban work

23 October 2023

Nanban, meaning ‘southern barbarians’, was the Japanese term for Europeans.

Bronze hawk

Plea to find stolen Meiji period Japanese bronze

18 October 2023

A Japanese bronze, estimated at £50,000-60,000, has been stolen from Hannam’s Auctioneers in Hampshire.