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 agate carvings steal the show in Salisbury

03 June 2013

These tiny Chinese agate carvings jointly estimated at just £200-300 stole the show at Woolley & Wallis’ Asian series when they sold for 500 times the top guide in a packed saleroom in Salisbury.

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Nagel toast €2.8m German Oriental art record

28 May 2013

Stuttgart auctioneers Nagel achieved a new German auction record for Oriental art when they sold a Yongzheng mark and period wine pot and cover for €2.8m (£2.37m).

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Pinault’s gift helps to end Chinese spat with Christie’s

07 May 2013

The Pinault family, owners of Christie’s and the luxury goods group PPR, are to hand back to China the two Qianlong bronzes that caused great upset when offered for sale in Paris four years ago.

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The £460,000 treasure used as a garden step

07 May 2013

One of the highlights of the latest raft of Islamic auctions in London was an unusual half-moon-shaped 10th/11th century granite temple step from Sri Lanka which had spent years in a Devon garden.

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Bowl sets new Kangxi record at £5.8m

22 April 2013

A new auction high for Qing Kangxi porcelain was established in Sotheby’s latest spring sale series in Hong Kong.

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Chinese figure makes £31,000 in Canterbury

22 April 2013

This Chinese gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya dating to the Qing dynasty was among the Asian highlights on offer at The Canterbury Auction Galleries’ latest sale.

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Qianlong Bowl takes £260,000 in Gloucestershire

26 March 2013

The best Chinese works of art continue to prosper in the salerooms.

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Tiny Japanese ivory takes £13,000

11 March 2013

This 1½in (3.5cm) Japanese ivory okimono stole the show at Tamylns’ in Bridgwater, Somerset when it sold to a telephone bidder for £13,000.

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Chinese works stolen from Gloucestershire saleroom

12 February 2013

Gloucestershire auctioneers Dominic Winter are offering a reward for information leading to the return of 42 lots which were stolen in a smash-and-grab raid on their South Cerney premises.

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Happy end to tale of Bainbridge's vase

21 January 2013

Peter Bainbridge has confirmed to Antiques Trade Gazette that the Qianlong vase at the centre of a highly publicised payment dispute since November 2010 has finally been sold.

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Chinese screen banishes New Year blues

14 January 2013

Getting the New Year off to a good start at Addisons of Barnard Castle, County Durham, a 20th century blue and white porcelain table screen by the renowned Chinese ceramic artist Wang Bu (1898-1968) improved upon an estimate of just £130-150 to sell for £34,300.

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Back in business with a £2m treasure

10 December 2012

Ritchies, the Toronto auction house founded in 1967 and declared bankrupt in 2009, are trading again. And in spectacular style.

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Yorkshire’s £2.6m toast to Asian series

26 November 2012

The toast of November’s clutch of Asian art sales was not to be found in London or Salisbury but in Leyburn.

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Asian fans at Edinburgh sale

29 October 2012

Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull will offer a pair of Chinese filigree fans at their Asian sale on December 5.

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The elephants in the Newbury room

29 October 2012

This pair of Chinese export enamelled incense holders in the form of elephants are on offer at Dreweatts’ November 21 sale in Donnington Priory, Newbury.

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Carved ship model at Sworders

29 October 2012

Sworders are offering this ornately carved ivory model of a pleasure junk dating from the early 20th century in their Asian art sale on November 13.

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Ornate wig stand in Macclesfield

29 October 2012

This Chinese porcelain enamel-decorated wig stand was purchased by the vendor’s father from a country house sale in 1953.

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Chinese tapir heads to Essex auction

29 October 2012

Cast in the shape of a standing tapir, this Chinese bronze censer was acquired in China by the vendor’s grandfather Sir Percy Alden (1865-1944), a British social worker, land reformer and politician.

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Asian and Oriental art in the Cotswolds

10 October 2012

Cotswold auctioneers Tayler and Fletcher are to hold their first live internet auction of Asian and Oriental art and antiques on October 18 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

New wreck discovered in South China Sea

01 October 2012

Fishermen are reported to have discovered another ancient shipwreck, complete with cargo, in the South China Sea near Vung Tau off the South East coast of Vietnam.

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