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.


Small cabinet full of decorative appeal

11 September 2023

A highly decorative example of Japanese lacquer provided one of the highlights of Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) July 15 summer sale.


Hiroshige hauled out of a cupboard

11 September 2023

Discovered in a cupboard in a house in the Cévennes wrapped in newspaper dated 1937 were two albums containing a series of Japanese prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), one of the most sought-after Japanese woodblock print artists.


5 Questions with Japanese arts specialist Malcolm Fairley

28 August 2023

Malcolm Fairley of St James’s deals in Japanese applied arts of the 19th and early 20th centuries with a focus on cloisonné enamels and metalwork.

Doucai 'chicken cup'

Police appeal for stolen Ming dynasty Chinese doucai cup

22 August 2023

The Metropolitan Police is offering a Serious Crime Reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the recovery of a Ming Dynasty cup stolen in 2019 but still missing.


5 Questions with Japanese prints specialist Jane Orde

19 August 2023

Jane Orde specialises in Japanese 19th and 20th century prints and most recently exhibited at Two C’s Burford Antiques Fair and is a regular at The International Birmingham Antique Arms & Militaria Fair (September 17).


Dealer calls on trade and public to aid recovery of stolen Asian art

27 July 2023

JAN Fine Art has asked that the art and antiques trade be aware of two thefts made at its Kensington Church Street, London, premises.


Asian buyers battle at auction for relics of their regions

24 July 2023

Recent sales of Asian art achieved some memorable prices, paid not surprisingly by Asian buyers.

Stone idol

Looted 8th century stone goddesses found in English garden to return to India

12 July 2023

Two stone idols taken from a temple in India more than 40 years ago are to be returned after being recovered in the UK.

Chinese clothing rack

Clothing stand racks up six figures at US auction

10 July 2023

Although the mid-week sales at US auction house Stair Galleries typically focus on affordable property, there are some exceptions.

Ivory netsuke

No fanfare as ivory netsuke sets a new record

10 July 2023

A new auction record for netsuke – over three times the previous high – has been set in France.


Masterful Meiji vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki offered in Sussex

03 July 2023

The June 8 sale at Toovey’s (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Washington, West Sussex included a fine example of Meiji cloisonné by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927).


Nine dealers hold exhibitions for Asian Art in London

26 June 2023

Asian Art in London’s summer edition returns this year for its second outing.


‘Umbrella’ sales cover wide range of Islamic and Indian items

19 June 2023

Artefacts hailing from a vast geographical area come together in west London saleroom

Meiji cloisonne vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki

Top-selling Japanese cloisonné vase stars in our pick of five auction highlights

16 June 2023

Our weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a fine example of Meiji cloisonné by Namikawa Yasuyuki that made over three times estimate in West Sussex.


Market fresh breeze blows through Scottish saleroom

12 June 2023

Trio of collections is offered in Perth auction with estimates pitched to entice bidders


Kangxi blue and white delight in Essex

12 June 2023

The Qing hexagonal form blue and white jardinière shown here is a type used to grow flowers or bonsai at the Qing court.


Face to face with a Noh theatre mask

05 June 2023

Galerie Mingei, based on the rue Visconti in the Saint Germain des Prés area, specialises in antique and contemporary Japanese decorative arts.


Kangxi period famille verte covered vases star in selection of ceramics on show

05 June 2023

The Galerie JM Béalu et Fils will be showing a selection of Chinese ceramics in its left bank rue de Bac gallery.


Chinese patinated bronze figure collected by a Dane

05 June 2023

Christie’s holds its live summer Asian Art auction in Paris on June 14 with an online sale running from June 6-20.


Rare jades with notable provenances come to auction

05 June 2023

Sotheby’s Asian Art sale in Paris on June 15 will include some rare jades with notable provenances.