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.


Yongle period blue and white bowl

$35 yard sale find stars in Asia Week New York

22 March 2021

Bought for just $35 at a yard sale in Connecticut last year, this small blue and white ‘lotus bud’ bowl proved one of the star lots of Asia Week New York.

Shang gui bronze

Pick of the week: Shang shines in two New York auctions

22 March 2021

Archaic Chinese bronzes were the stand out lots in Asian Art Week in New York this month.

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Bonhams to conduct sale of stock from Chinese art dealership Roger Keverne

08 March 2021

Bonhams is to auction the remaining stock of the long-established London Chinese art dealership Roger Keverne.

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Huanghuali hits the sale heights

08 March 2021

Anglo-Chinese furniture stars as early American auctions produce numerous big results.

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Doucai cups bring international bids to defy damage issues

01 March 2021

In poor condition but made in the coveted Yongzheng (1722-1735) period, this pair of Doucai porcelain cups attracted bids from China, Canada, Scandinavia and Spain as well as the UK.

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Chinese works of art: a here-to-sell strategy

15 February 2021

Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie follows a policy of detailed cataloguing for Chinese art but modest estimates

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Malthouse Collective in Stroud brewing up ideas to keep busy

08 February 2021

Lindsey Butcher is the owner of the 80-strong Malthouse Collective in Stroud and during lockdown is throwing a lot into the pot for her dealers.

Brighton antiques dealer Patrick Moorhead

Brighton dealer Patrick Moorhead consigns 124 items to auction at Christie’s

04 February 2021

Brighton-based dealer Patrick Moorhead has consigned a group of works to Christie’s which are being offered in a single-owner online auction this month.

Chinese export elephant form tureens

Pick of the week: Buyer figures out the tureen differences

01 February 2021

Tureens in the form of geese, cockerel, carp, ox head, boar’s head and other animals were an integral part of the grand display in an 18th century European dining room.

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Geese tureens buoyant in New York

01 February 2021

During its New York Americana week Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) held an online-only auction devoted to Chinese export art from January 7-20.

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Silk Road leads to London

25 January 2021

The form of this 2ft (61cm) high Tang dynasty (618-907) pottery figure of a Bactrian camel and rider points towards the Silk Road.

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Chinese collectors bid up porcelain vases to 500 times the reserve

25 January 2021

A local collector who consigned a pair of Chinese porcelain vases to Hargesheimer (25% buyer’s premium) in Düsseldorf was in for a substantial pre-Christmas surprise.

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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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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