Chinese Works of Art

This sector comprises art and antiques from China including works from the Han, Tang, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

There is a market for pieces of all ages and rarity from ancient Neolithic jades right up to ceramics made in the Republic era. The increased interest and purchasing power from Mainland China since the late 1990s has led to a significant rise of prices.


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Daoguang vase up to the mark after lengthy bidding battle

09 December 2019

After a 17-minute bidding battle, a Chinese blue and white bottle vase with a Daoguang (1820-50) six-character seal mark was hammered down for £270,000 at Gorringe’s in Lewes, East Sussex.

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Chinese porcelain vase is surprise star of dedicated Asian art sale

07 December 2019

The main series of Asian works of art sales in Paris takes place during December. Auctions include dedicated sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Artcurial and Tajan while the Drouot auction centre has no fewer than 15 auctions wholly or partly dedicated to this field.

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Chinese Republican dish, Vincennes porcelain cup, Lord Byron card case – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

06 December 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights this week includes a Vincennes porcelain cup and saucer that made over 25-times estimate and a rare Chinese Republican period dish by a celebrated decorator that made 90-times estimate.

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Love thy neighbour: dealer bequest of 'Kangxi' vase to woman next-door brings windfall at Dawson’s

28 November 2019

A large Chinese porcelain vase inherited by a Chiswick woman from her next-door neighbour, an Asian art dealer, has made £37,000 hammer, more than ten times its lower estimate.

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Bids pour in for Asian art as £800,000 teapot and Kangxi rediscovery highlight latest sales series

18 November 2019

A Qianlong teapot which made £800,000 in Dorchester provided the stellar result among some exceptional Asian art lots offered for sale in the UK regions and Ireland last week.

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Chinese works from Anthony Du Boulay collection generates bonanza at Duke's

18 November 2019

Duke’s latest Asian art sale had been headlined by items from a local resident and well-known auctioneer, academic and collector, Anthony du Boulay. The 249 lots from early classic wares to Cantonese enamels generated plenty of saleroom energy and a total of around £800,000.

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Rare Chinese teapot makes a record £800,000 at Dorset auction 

12 November 2019

A rare Qianlong celadon-glaze pear-shaped teapot has set a record for Asian art week this season selling at £800,000 at Duke’s.

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Chinese vase bought in charity shop for £1 sold for £380,000 at Sworders auction

08 November 2019

Purchased for £1 from a Hertfordshire charity shop earlier this year, a Qianlong (1736-95) famille rose wall vase sold for £380,000 at Sworders in London today (plus 25% buyer's premium).

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Christie’s seeks exemption from Chinese import tax in US

08 November 2019

Christie’s has been praised for its stance on US tariffs on Chinese art after it became the first art market firm to seek exclusion from the tax, part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Late in October, Christie’s applied for exemption from a “punishing” import tax on seven types of Chinese art.

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Gilt bronze buddha from charity shop makes five-figure sum at Gloucestershire auction

06 November 2019

A gilt bronze model of a buddha donated to a charity shop by a donor took a hammer price of £15,000 at an auction in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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Silver linings: Qing and later Chinese silver gets moment in spotlight

21 October 2019

Dismissed a generation ago as decorative export wares, Qing and later silver is today the focus of lively academic and commercial attention.

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‘The finest piece of imperial glass to survive’ sells at nine-fold increase since 2000

14 October 2019

The most important example of Qing glassware to appear at auction sold for HK$180m (£18m) – the highlight of Sotheby’s recent series in Hong Kong.

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Welsh bathed in success as the China Trade shines at Fine Art Asia art fair

14 October 2019

A Qianlong period export plaque decorated after a scene by Louis-Marin Bonnet (1736-93) was among the Fine Art Asia highlight sales.

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The web shop window: Ming dynasty ceramic storage cupboard

07 October 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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‘Dragon’ charger flexes its wings

07 October 2019

A generation ago pieces such as this splendid 20in (50cm) famille rose ‘dragon’ charger from the Guangxu period (1874-1908) were valued chiefly as decorative objects. However, appreciation of the best quality porcelain produced in the last years of the Qing continues to grow.

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Chinese censer: from £50 to four figures

07 October 2019

At the budget-price end of the Chinese boom – which tends to get overlooked – profits are there for the keen eyed, such as the vendor of this twin-handled censer shown here.

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Shock £1.3m bid for Yongzheng mark vase at Hampshire auction

16 September 2019

Estimated at £400-600, a Chinese porcelain vase was bid to £1.3m at an auction in Hampshire last week.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art sells off Irving gift at New York Asia Week auction

16 September 2019

Sotheby’s opened its September Asia Week auctions in New York on September 10 with the $8.3m sale of Chinese art consigned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Buyers get teeth into ivories

09 September 2019

Japanese carved ivories of a tiger and an elephant soared far above estimate at Chorley’s (22% buyer’s premium).

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US tariffs on Chinese art widened to include books and increased to 15%

02 September 2019

A tax on imports into the US of art, antiques and objects made in China took effect today.

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