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.


Tang pottery figure of a Bactrian camel

Ancient pottery camel figure stars in our latest pick of five auction highlights

15 January 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Tang dynasty (618-907) pottery figure of a Bactrian camel and rider that went four times over estimate.

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Broken and reglued but still sold at £200,000

04 January 2021

A recent fine art auction at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) included a once magnificent Qianlong (1735-99) copper-red and underglaze blue lantern vase.

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Top stories this week – including news of a glued together Chinese vase going eight times over estimate at auction

19 December 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a Qianlong lantern vase that was broken and reglued in nine pieces selling at Hansons in Derbyshire.

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A glued together Chinese vase taking a six figure-sum at auction is among our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

11 December 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a heavily repaired Qianlong vase.

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Seeing ‘double dragon’ as celadon vase brings €1.2m in Durrow

07 December 2020

A celadon vase to a celebrated ‘double-dragon’ form has sold for €1.2m (£1.1m) – a record for Chinese art in Ireland. The 20½in (52cm) vase with a Yongzheng (1722-35) six-character mark was estimated at just €800-1200 at Sheppard’s in Durrow, Co Laois.

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Qi Baishi catches shrimps

07 December 2020

Bonhams’ December 14 Chinese and Japanese works of Art sale in Los Angeles will include works from the Collection of Rosalind Ching Pastor.

Blue and white ‘bird and tree’ bowls

Top-selling Chinese bowls star in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

04 December 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare pair of Chinese porcelain blue and white bowls that doubled estimate in Bath.

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Dragons of the Qing as spectacular dishes sell at Sotheby's

30 November 2020

Sotheby’s (26/21/14.9% buyer’s premium) Important Chinese Art sale on November 4 included two spectacular Qing dragon dishes – both consigned from continental European sources and both in near-perfect condition.

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Guangxu in pastel shades

30 November 2020

The term 'qianjiangcai' refers to a ‘pastel coloured’ palette of enamels used by Tongzhi (1856-75) and Guangxu (1875-1908), porcelain painters in the years after the Taiping rebellion and the destruction of the Jingdezhen kilns.

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Lucky lacquer at Surrey sale

30 November 2020

The November 11 Islamic & Oriental sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Fernhurst was topped at £6200 (estimate £400-600) by this 19th century cinnabar lacquer table mirror.

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Qing gilt-bronze incense burner sells at 17-times estimate to Hong Kong buyer at Sworders

30 November 2020

Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) latest Asian art sale in Stansted Mountfitchet included this ‘splashed’ gilt-bronze incense burner from the Qing (1644-1911) period.

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Monochrome surprise as Chinese bowl brings hefty bidding at Dreweatts

30 November 2020

The unexpected highlight of Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale on November 12 was provided by this copper red glazed globular form bowl.

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The heavenly globe: Exceptional Qing famille rose vase soars over estimate at Chiswick Auctions

30 November 2020

“The first sight I had of the vase was from an old photograph and my heart skipped a beat,” said Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) specialist Lazarus Halstead of this spectacular 20in (51cm) Qing famille rose vase.

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Windfall sums for the three abundances at Olympia Auctions

30 November 2020

The sale held by Matthew Barton at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) on November 18 included a series of pairs of 6in (15cm) diameter porcelain bowls from a private European collection assembled in Hong Kong in the 1980s-90s.

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Magnificent monteith is £90,000 prize

30 November 2020

It is thought that the earliest Chinese porcelain monteith appeared c.1715, coinciding with the establishment of the East India Company’s factory in Canton.

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Early wares with Janssens provenance provide highlights to Roseberys sale

30 November 2020

On November 11 in West Norwood, London, Roseberys (25% buyer’s premium) offered 50 lots from the estate of Anglo-Dutch collectors Albert (1927-2018) and Leonie van Daalen-Roell (1930-2018). Many pieces – typically early bronzes and sancai glazed ceramics from the classic era – had been bought from London dealer Ben Janssens Oriental Art.

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Textbook Kangxi blue and white vases emerge at sales in the north and south

30 November 2020

Pictured below are two textbook Kangxi (1662-1722) period blue and white vases.

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ʻThe epitome of old European taste’: British diplomat's collection of Chinese ceramics sells at Semley Auctions

30 November 2020

Semley Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) in Dorset secured one of the choice consignments this season: the Martin Robert Morland (1933-2020) collection of Chinese ceramics.

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Chicken cup and ʻShi Tao’ landscape scroll turn heads at Lyon & Turnbull

30 November 2020

Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Fine Asian Works of Art in London on November 5 featured as its top-estimated lot, a 3in (8cm) diameter doucai ‘chicken cup’.

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Qatari family jades return in new era

30 November 2020

In November 2008, Christie’s held a sale in London of Chinese works of art that included lots from the collection of Baron (1894-1991) and Baroness von Oertzen (1908-2007). The couple, who had settled in South Africa after the Second World War, acquired a deep knowledge of Chinese art and a large and varied collection, buying from the 1960s onwards.

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