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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Family values: the Ezekiel collection

18 October 2021

Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale on November 3 includes a group of Chinese porcelains, jades and small works of art from the collection, formed by Marcus Ezekiel (1854-1927) and his son Victor (1905-76) in the first part of the 20th century.

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Northern Song bought in Hong Kong

18 October 2021

This pair of small qingbai foliate dishes from the Northern Song (960-1127) period comes with a receipt showing they were purchased by the Oxfordshire vendor for HK$16,000 from KY Fine Art in Hong Kong on June 7, 2003.

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Late Chinese imperial saucer dish and Qing bow case and quiver emerge in west London

18 October 2021

This piece of late Chinese imperial porcelain, a 5½in (14cm) yellow ground saucer dish with an aubergine dragon encircling the ‘flaming pearl’ to the well and four incised cranes to the underside, has a dark brown six-character mark for the Tongzhi emperor (1861-75).

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Daoguang famille rose ‘medallion’ bowls pledge prosperity and longevity

18 October 2021

This pair of yellow-ground famille rose ‘medallion’ bowls from the Daoguang period (1830-50) have marks for Shendetang Zhi (Hall of Prudent Virtue).

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Incense burner topped by a dog and ball

18 October 2021

This Meiji period iron incense burner from Japan was made using nunome zogan: the art of inlaying different metals into one another.

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Geometric furnishing fabric

18 October 2021

Chinese textiles specialist Jacqueline Simcox is selling this 15th century Chinese silk brocade geometric panel, priced at £20,000.

AUCTION PREVIEWS: highlights from November UK sales of Chinese, Japanese and south-east Asian works of art

18 October 2021

Once again the UK auction market gears up for the biggest of its two annual Asian art seasons.

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From the field marshal’s collection

18 October 2021

This 3ft 7in x 24in (1.08m x 60cm) ink and colour on paper of mandarin ducks swimming amid lotus blooms is by Chen Zhifo (1896-1962).

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Lectern took musical inspiration

18 October 2021

The November 4 Japanese sale at Bonhams includes, estimated at £7000-8000, this Meiji (1868-1912) or Taisho (1912-26) era lacquer kendai (lectern) fashioned in the form of traditional court music and dance implements.

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Asian art dealer previews: Tiger goddess

11 October 2021

This 19th century painting illustrates a scene from the Devi Mahatmya, a famous Sanskrit text centred on the figure of the Hindu mother goddess Devi.

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Asian art dealer previews: Jewels showcased in St James’s

11 October 2021

Asian antique jewellery specialist Sue Ollemans offers this Indian pair of early 19th century earrings made in Lucknow.

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Asian art dealer previews: Best practice

11 October 2021

One of Persian scholar Imam Ghazali’s (1058-1111AD) best-known works, Kimiya-yi Sa’ādat (The Alchemy of Happiness), was compiled late in his lifetime during a period of unrest between Sufi mystics and Islamic scholars – the former accused of overphilosophising Islam and neglecting the importance of ritual practices.

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Asian Art in London map: Indian & Islamic Art

11 October 2021

Asian Art in London: Indian & Islamic Art takes place from October 21-30.

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Asian art auction previews: Gone fishing

11 October 2021

This 9in (23cm) Iznik jug from Ottoman Turkey, c.1580, has an estimate of £40,000-60,000 at Christie’s Art of the Islamic & Indian Worlds sale on October 28.

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Asian art auction previews: Shield life-saver

11 October 2021

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Chiswick Auctions on October 29 includes this gilt and painted shield made in north-western India (possibly Rajasthan) in the first half of the 18th century.

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On the shortlist: Asian Art in London award nominees

11 October 2021

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s Indian and Islamic season have been announced. The Antiques Trade Gazette Award for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from an Auction House and the Apollo Award for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from a Dealer each have three finalists. Winners will be announced on October 21.

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Asian art auction previews: Fringe benefit

11 October 2021

This Indian gold necklace with a fringe of ruby and imitation pearl drops and flowerheads of green paste and moonstone has a guide of £1800-2400 at Bonhams’ sale of Islamic and Indian art on October 25.

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Asian art dealer previews: Hund sculptures

11 October 2021

Made from fired clay, this 12in (30cm) high bust head of a bodhisattva comes from a little explored group of sculptures found at Hund, a small township on the ancient site of Udabhandapura in Pakistan, once the capital of the Hindu Shahi kingdom.

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Asian art auction previews: Fan of sculpture

11 October 2021

This 3ft 5in (1.03m) buff sandstone figure of a male chauri (fan) bearer from 9th-11th century central India, possibly Rajasthan, forms part of Dreweatts’ Asian Art Part 2 sale in Donnington Priory on November 11.

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Asian art dealer previews: Life in the rainforest

11 October 2021

Hummingbirds collect nectar against a colourful flora and fauna backdrop in this large 3ft (91cm) square oil on canvas, painted earlier this year by Sri Lankan artist Senaka Senanayake (b.1951).

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