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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Peach of a pair of Melba vases offered at Bonhams in Australia

06 May 2019

The famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba once owned this pair of ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ bottle vases which were sold at auction from her estate in 2015.

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Tang dynasty rabbit makes appearance at Timeline Auctions

06 May 2019

Some early Chinese objects are included in the Timeline Auctions sale in Harwich, Essex on May 28.

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Hong Kong antiques fair set for 12th edition

06 May 2019

The 12th edition of the International Antiques Fair takes place in Hong Kong this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It runs from May 24-28, coinciding with the main spring auction series held by Christie’s.

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Hardwood bitong emerges at Bath auction

06 May 2019

A Chinese ‘sleeper’ emerged in a Vintage and General Sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium), Corsham, near Bath on April 25 courtesy of a textbook ‘scholar’s’ object.

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Wanli altar vase heads to Duke’s

06 May 2019

Duke’s Asian sale on May 20 includes this Wanli (1572-1620) mark and period wucai ‘zun’ altar vase.

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Qing pen box takes £33,000 at Surrey sale

06 May 2019

Estimated at £300-500, a finely decorated Qing famille rose pen box and cover was knocked down for £33,000 at a recent sale at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium).

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Lord Burghley features in Chinese export porcelain selection at Pook & Pook in Pennsylvania

19 April 2019

Pook & Pook’s next American and International sale in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on May 4 will feature a selection of Chinese export porcelain.

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Qing altar stand heads back home to China

15 April 2019

The boom in all things Chinese does occasionally make one marvel as to how and why some material finished up in the West.

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Tianminlou collection sells out in Hong Kong auction

08 April 2019

Sotheby’s spring Hong Kong auction series generated a grand total of HK$3.78bn (£367m) – the second highest in the company’s 46-year history in the territory – and a combined sell-through rate of 90%.

Guanyin

Chinese goddess figure by celebrated Ming potter smashes estimate at West Sussex auction

06 March 2019

A Dehua blanc de chine figure of Guanyin sold for a surprise £39,000 – some 130 times the top estimate - at Bellmans in Wisborough Green, West Sussex last month.

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Huge ‘lost’ Meiji vase goes from seafood restaurant to saleroom

25 February 2019

A monumental cloisonné vase – the previously missing element to a triptych made for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago – sold for $110,000 (£85,000) in California.

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Seven fabulous fans going under the hammer this month

11 February 2019

With many fans going under the hammer in the coming weeks it is an ideal time to get more familiar with this market where examples can range in price from a few pounds to the high five figures.

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Jorge Welsh hosts Chinese export porcelain conference as new book launches

07 February 2019

Jorge Welsh Research and Publishing’s conference ‘Fired to Last: The Global Reach of Chinese Export Porcelain’ coincides with its launch of a new book about a Chinese ceramic collection.

Vase

Chinese vase smashes Exeter saleroom record taking £460,000 at auction

31 January 2019

The potential for vendors, and auctioneers, to strike it rich in the field of Chinese works of art is alive and well.

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Chinese export porcelain punch bowl among US auction highlights in early 2019

07 January 2019

This Chinese export porcelain punch bowl will feature in a large two-day sale of more than 750 lots of Americana and international interest at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on January 11-12.

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The year of the Dragon – Chinese bronze sculpture could be Summer Palace discovery

21 December 2018

Did the final days of 2018 provide the year’s greatest discovery? Bidders who pursued a bronze dragon head from €20,000 to €2.4m (£2.2m) at the Drouot in Paris on December 17 certainly thought so.

Peach

Chinese peach at auction shows longevity in the market

21 December 2018

Estimated at £40-60, this unusual Chinese scholar’s object took £32,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at a recent auction at Rogers Jones in Cardiff.

Bronze

Rare Summer Palace bronze found in British seaside bungalow returns to China

11 December 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been returned to China.

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‘A quite extraordinary day’ as sleeping Asian bronzes bring multi-estimate sums in regions

10 December 2018

Two under-catalogued Sino-Tibetan bronzes illuminated the regional saleroom scene with multi-estimate sums in the final days of November.

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Bruun Rasmussen pulls Chinese flask from auction over uncertain dating

03 December 2018

Danish auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen has withdrawn a Chinese flask from sale for the second time following disagreements over its age.

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