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.


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.


Secret weapon: hidden depths of the keris

16 October 2023

Runjeet Singh, a specialist in Asian antique arms and armour, stages 'The Secret of the Indonesian Keris Dagger'.


Taj Mahal shines in the Welch collection

16 October 2023

Stuart Cary Welch (1928-2008) dedicated more than half a century to the study of the art and aesthetics of the Islamic World, and India in particular.


Previews: Unrecorded Tipu Sultan swords among highlights on offer this season

16 October 2023

Two previously unrecorded swords from the Tiger of Mysore are among the stand-out lots on offer in upcoming auctions and from dealers


Chinese art from a German family

16 October 2023

A collection of Chinese art from a German family collection formed over many decades is to be offered in Paris by Bonhams Cornette Saint Cyr on October 26.


Indian and Islamic Art: On the shortlist

16 October 2023

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s Indian & Islamic section has been announced.


Japanese weapon makers turned to peaceful pursuits

09 October 2023

An unusual, late 19th century figure of a hawk took top honours at Zacke’s (30% buyer’s premium) sale of Asian works of art on September 7-8.

Elizabethan silver and porcelain goblet

Elizabethan goblet good to go after further examination

02 October 2023

Following examination by a committee of experts and testing at Goldsmiths Hall, an Elizabethan silver and porcelain goblet comes to auction.


Beautiful bijin lady catches the eye on the Yorkshire coast

02 October 2023

This Japanese Imari bijin was made at the Imari kilns around 1690-1700. She wears a long kimono decorated with apple blossom and leafy branches.


Imperial Qing porcelain comes to Dallas sale

02 October 2023

A good example of imperial Qing famille rose porcelain emerged for sale at J Garrett Auctioneers (28% buyer’s premium) in Dallas on September 11.


Chinese export porcelain made for the Society of the Cincinnati

02 October 2023

Two pieces made for members of the famed Society of the Cincinnati led a single-owner sale of Chinese export porcelain were sold by Grogan and Company (30% buyer’s premium) in Boston.


Glory days of Detroit cars can still drive consignments

25 September 2023

Based in Detroit, DuMouchelles (24% buyer’s premium) still receives the occasional consignment from families tied to the glory days of the US car industry.

Tipu Sultan sword

Rediscovered Tipu Sultan swords from Cornwall’s Port Eliot to be auctioned at Christie’s

21 September 2023

Two previously unrecorded Tipu Sultan swords have been consigned to Christie’s from descendants of Charles, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805) who live at stately home Port Eliot in Cornwall.


Nabeshima dish design draws on Japanese traditions

18 September 2023

Nabeshima porcelain takes its name from the clan that controlled the Saga domain in the Edo period.


Chinese export porcelain wins its spurs

18 September 2023

Over the course of four decades, medical stenographer Angela Gross Folk and her husband amassed an impressive collection of Chinese porcelain.

Nabeshima dish

Japanese 17th century dish stars in our selection of five lots to watch in the US

13 September 2023

ATG’s selection of items coming up for auction in the US includes a c.1680 Nabeshima porcelain dish from Japan.