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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Chinese work with European inspiration attracts interest in Somerset

17 January 2022

Many Chinese export porcelain forms were inspired by European silver or ceramic forms.

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Moon flask slips away just below estimate

17 January 2022

Qianlong moon flasks of this type are based on Ming dynasty prototypes that in turn were inspired by early Persian drinking vessels traded along the Silk Road.

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Dish collected by porcelain obsessive Augustus the Strong brings bidding at Lyon & Turnbull

17 January 2022

The scene on this 19in (43cm) Yongzheng famille rose dish depicts the Daoist immortal Magu on her way to celebrate the famous peach banquet of the Queen Mother of the West, Xi Wang Mu, who rules over the garden of the peaches of longevity.

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Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze tops seasonal Asian art sales in UK regions

17 January 2022

The highest single price posted in the regions during the autumn series of Asian art sales was the £380,000 bid at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Dorchester for a monumental Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze devotional figure of Tara broadly dated to the Qing period.

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Poignant piece of palace art

17 January 2022

This Qing bronze fragment measuring a substantial 19in (47cm) across was once part of a magnificent sculpture of a crane that adorned an imperial palace.

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Japanese carvings turn heads at Stride auction

17 January 2022

Japanese antique ivories have been gradually disappearing from the catalogues of prominent dealers and major auction houses but good examples are still being sold in the regions.

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Jumbo price for Japanese rarity despite the condition

17 January 2022

Early Japanese porcelain models of animals are very rare, and this elephant form koro, c.1700, offered for sale as part of the Woolley & Wallis (25/12% buyer’s premium) Japanese works of art sale appears to be unrecorded.

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Japanese cloisonné casket sells at over 20-times estimate at Andrew Smith

17 January 2022

This Japanese cloisonné casket bears the mark for the Ando Company of Nagoya.

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Jades in demand in Dorset and Cheltenham

17 January 2022

The outstanding jade offered in the regions in the October-December period was this pale celadon teapot and cover that came for sale at Duke’s in Dorchester on December 8 from a Dutch private collection where it had been since the 1980s.

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Antique jades at large after Bedfordshire criminal case

06 December 2021

Chinese and Mughal jades believed to have been stolen more than four years ago are still at large and the family and police have made a plea for information as to their whereabouts.

Japanese cabinet

Pick of the week: Trading places in Japan with Edo period cabinet

29 November 2021

Estimated at £40,000-60,000, a lacquer cabinet from Edo period Japan sold for £105,000 at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on November 23.

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Cologne saleroom issues a call to arms

29 November 2021

The descendants of the Belgian collector Jef Vanderstraete have consigned this 20in (51cm) high gilt bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara Ekadashamukha to Lempertz in Cologne, where it is coming up for sale on December 11.

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Emperor’s bell set to shake things up in Stuttgart

29 November 2021

The opening 27 lots at Nagel’s sale of Asian works of art on December 7 in Stuttgart come from the collection of an aristocratic German family and have been in their possession since before 1904, when they were purchased in China.

Japanese porcelain elephant

Japanese porcelain elephant stars in our pick of five auction highlights

26 November 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an early Japanese porcelain elephant form koro from c.1700 that made 12-times estimate at Woolley & Wallis.

Tipu Sultan's gold finial

Export block issued on 18th century Tipu Sultan throne finial despite valuation doubt

16 November 2021

The UK government has issued a temporary export bar for a gold finial that once adorned the throne of Tipu Sultan (1750-99).

Kangxi blue and white brush pot

Chinese brush pot stars in our pick of five auction highlights

12 November 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Kangxi blue and white brush pot that made over 40-times estimate in Essex.

Qianlong period teapot

White gloves for Parry as teapot brings £1.7m

08 November 2021

The highlight of Bonhams’ Chinese art series conducted in London last week was the sale of the Parry collection of Chinese art.

Vietnamese headdress

Vietnamese headdress makes 1000-times guide

08 November 2021

Multi-estimate sums are not confined to Chinese works of art.

Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Collector interview: My personal search for Ganesha

08 November 2021

A fascination with buying depictions of the elephant-headed deity has inspired a new book

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Gibson offers Asian auction

08 November 2021

Fashioned into a recumbent billy goat or deer, this diminutive Qing dynasty rhinoceros horn carving goes under the hammer in the inaugural live auction of Asian art from St James’s dealer Alastair Gibson of Gibson Antiques.

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