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.


Provenance is key for Chinese art

28 May 2018

Chinese ceramics tend to dominate Asian sales in the UK, but occasionally other mediums get to share the limelight.

Imperial Qianlong yangcai famille-rose porcelain vase

Chinese vase brought into Sotheby’s in a shoebox now valued at up to £600,000

23 May 2018

A Chinese vase discovered in the attic of French family home and bearing a mark for the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795) will be offered at Sotheby’s Paris next month.

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Massive Ming gilt-bronze butter lamp sells for £1.33m at Bonhams

21 May 2018

An exceptionally rare, large gilt-bronze Ming lamp took top spot at Bonhams’ Fine Chinese Art sale in London last week.


Llots of life in top-level Meiji

14 May 2018

Estimated at £400-600, a Satsuma censer by Kinkozan provided more evidence that there is considerable life in the market for top-quality Meiji works of art when offered by Surrey auctioneer Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium).


Oriental art is latest specialist sale for Suffolk saleroom

14 May 2018

Suffolk auction house Bishop & Miller is holding its first-ever specialist Oriental Art and Antiques Sale on May 24.


Antiques Roadshow regular David Battie to hold exhibition at Cotswold auction house Tayler & Fletcher

12 May 2018

BBC Antiques Roadshow regular and Asian art expert David Battie is to host an exhibition and lecture at Cotswold auction house Tayler & Fletcher.


Dealer launches summer samurai expo in the Netherlands

08 May 2018

A Japanese art and antiques event focusing on the history of the samurai launches in Utrecht this summer.


Previews: £30,000 plus

07 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.


German and Swiss sales on a roll

07 May 2018

Old Masters and post-Impressionist paintings, vintage luggage and the almost inevitable Asian artefacts all appeared among the best-sellers in the recent round of auctions held across Germany and Switzerland.


Pick of the Week: Talismanic shirts lead to saleroom good fortune

30 April 2018

Two finely executed Indian talismanic shirts made multi-estimate sums at Roseberys in south London.


Oriental lots across the UK give bidders plenty to chew on

30 April 2018

The feast from the east that that has put bread (and some Michelin-starred meals) on the table of dealers and auctioneers for more than a decade continues to do so at sales from Scotland to Surrey.


Chinese porcelain has pride of place in Leyburn

30 April 2018

Chinese porcelain resumed its traditional dominance among the Oriental offerings at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn.


Buyer nets Kangxi vase

30 April 2018

A 10in (25cm) tall Kangxi period (1654-1722) rouleau vase painted with fishermen and cranes took a six-times estimate £2800 at the 1200-lot Spring Sale at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) on March 22-26.


Previews: £30,000 plus

30 April 2018

Several decades ago, when China was shut to the Western world, encounters with foreigners were understandably rare.


Plaques brighten snowy days

30 April 2018

Delayed by snow for a week, the Spring Sale at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) on March 27 opened with a local collection of Republic-era (1912-49) porcelain.


Serpents slither onto vases

30 April 2018

An ideal marriage of skills, rather than a clash of cultures, put a pair of c.1790-1800 Chinese export vases into the limelight at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne.


Powerful bidding for Islamic Week stars at auction

30 April 2018

Multi-estimate sums proved the norm among the star lots during London’s Islamic Week auction series.


Bidding battle for Manchu officials’ bronze seals

30 April 2018

One of the smallest but most eye-catching lots at the Oriental sale at Bonhams Edinburgh (25% buyer’s premium) was two 4¼in (11cm) high Manchu officials’ bronze seals.


Chinese jades targeted in Bath museum theft

23 April 2018

Avon and Somerset police are appealing for information after a raid on the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

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Appeal to trade after burglary of Chinese works of art taken from Bath museum

23 April 2018

The Museum of East Asian Art was the victim of a daring raid by four masked men who stole rare artefacts from the Bath institution.