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.


Auctioneers and vendors weigh up best options as Big Apple takes the global view

05 March 2018

With options to sell at regular intervals in North America, Europe, Hong Kong or China, the major auction houses and their vendors take a global view of the Asian art market.


Salerooms beyond the ‘big three’ look to gain from Asian focus

05 March 2018

As well as the ‘big three’, a clutch of other US salerooms will be holding specialist Asian art sales in mid March.

Asia Week New York: the springboard for Asian stars

05 March 2018

Mid March in Manhattan is when the art market turns its cultural and commercial face east. This is the first of two New York Asian auction series (the other is in September), but what distinguishes the spring event, dubbed Asia Week New York (AWNY), is the input of dealer exhibitions.

Dealer highlights at Asia Week New York 2018

05 March 2018

A selection of stand-out items that dealers will have on offer as part of Asia Week New York (AWNY).


Private collection of Republican-era Chinese ceramics stars at Chorley’s

26 February 2018

Chorley’s offers an important private collection of Republican-era porcelain at its sale of Asian Art, European Ceramics & Glass next month.


The importance of TEFAF Maastricht and my star item this year – images and video

26 February 2018

Here we ask the dealers who participated in ATG's Round Table discussion the reasons why they choose to stand at the fair and ask them to pick out a star item they are taking this year.

Asaph Hyman of Bonhams

Bonhams promotes head of Chinese ceramics and makes new appointment to main board

24 February 2018

Bonhams has promoted Asaph Hyman to global head of Chinese ceramics and works of art.


Collecting couple with traditional tastes

19 February 2018

English furniture, works of art and decorations of the most traditional kind were the object of a 365-lot, single-owner sale held by Doyle (25/20/12.5%) buyer’s premium in New York.


Chinese bowls serve up six figures each

05 February 2018

Promoted as including the contents from a Derbyshire country home, the three-day pre-Christmas sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) was more notable for two unusual collections and pieces which came in after a valuation day.


Pick of the Week: Warehouse reveals a treasure trove as Indian miniature takes £80,000 at Dreweatts' auction

29 January 2018

“Every auctioneer dreams of being instructed to handle a wide-ranging collection lovingly put together over decades and then packed away out of sight.“


Latest German saleroom results show Asian buyers stepping up

29 January 2018

Asian art sales are always unpredictable, more often than not in a positive sense.

Antiques dealer Joel Chen

Dealer Joel Chen gives a tour of his collection ahead of Christie’s auction – video

24 January 2018

Furniture and decorative arts dealer Joel Chen has been in the antiques business for 40 years. He started out with a $6000 loan but, after branching out from his initial focus on Chinese works of art, he expanded to a point where he now runs a 30,000 sq ft showroom in Los Angeles, offering everything from archaic bronzes to contemporary lighting.


Halls’ shake-up revives stand-alone Asian sale

15 January 2018

New year brings a new sales calendar at Halls of Shrewsbury, not least launching a dedicated Asian art auction.


Vase with provenance shows market is far from jaded

08 January 2018

Jade remains ever-popular in the Chinese art field, although the market has become selective.

Sanyu’s Pot of Flowers painting

Chinese artist Sanyu tops Paris auction at €6.9m

04 January 2018

The latest sale of Asian paintings held by Aguttes in Paris was led by a c.1930 work by the Chinese artist Sanyu (1901-66).

Qing vase

House record for Leicestershire auctioneer after Chinese vase sells for thousands

03 January 2018

Melton Mowbray auctioneer Shouler & Son set a new house record with the sale of a Qing blue and white vase for £40,000 (plus buyer’s premium).


Jade remains popular at auction despite fears of fakes on the market

29 December 2017

Jades popularity within Chinese art remains, although the market has become selective. The quality and colour of the stone is of increasingly importance – and buyers are wary of sophisticated fakes.


Pick of the Week: Lofft gives a painting lift

11 December 2017

This 17th century Indian painting attributed to one of the best artists of the Mughal court sold for £42,000 at Sworders’ December 5 Country House Sale.


Boxer Rebellion link backs soapstone sale

11 December 2017

Two Qing soapstone seals sold to a Chinese bidder for Dkr1.1m (£130,640), around 100 times their estimate, at Bruun Rasmussen (24 % buyer’s premium) in Copenhagen on November 29.


Richly decorated Chinese screen emerges at Paris auction

11 December 2017

December is traditionally a month when Paris focuses attention on sales of Asian art, with auctions in the rooms across the city and at the Drouot centre.