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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Ewe beauty: Rice collection in demand

05 October 2020

Further pieces from English porcelain specialist’s collection are among highlights in Lewes.

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Wine vessel is toast of New York series

28 September 2020

The highlight of last week’s Asian art series in New York was this remarkable 14in (35cm) high Warring States period (475-221BC) bronze sacrificial wine vessel or 'fang hu'.

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Watch auctioneer Charles Hanson selling the ‘ultimate lockdown find’ found in a workman’s garage

24 September 2020

An 18th century Beijing-enamel wine pot and cover described as the ‘ultimate lockdown find’ has sold for £390,000 at auction in Derbyshire.

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Qing blue and white porcelain bowl carries an auspicious message

21 September 2020

This 9in (23cm) Qing blue and white porcelain bowl decorated in underglaze blue with squirrels in fruiting bears a Qianlong (1736-95) six-character seal mark and is probably of the period.

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A birthday gift from Chongli goes under the hammer

21 September 2020

The highlight of an Asian art auction held at Drouot by Auction Art on September 25 is this 21½in (55cm) high Qianlong lantern-shaped vase famille rose vase and stand.

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Chinese cranes vase soars above estimate in Cape Town

14 September 2020

Estimated at Zar20,000-30,000, this 11in (28cm) ‘crane and deer’ famille rose pear-shaped vase sold for Zar2m (£91,800) at Stephan Welz (14% plus VAT buyer’s premium) in Cape Town.

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Single-owner Asian art collection offered in Lisbon

14 September 2020

On September 30 Veritas in Lisbon is selling Asian works of art from a single-owner private Portuguese collection formed over the past 35 years in an auction titled An Erudite Collection: objects and works of art from Shang to Qing Dynasty.

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US tariffs on Chinese art take effect as New York auction series begins

07 September 2020

This month’s Asian art series in New York could be the last sales to avoid the new trade tariffs that have been imposed by the Trump administration.

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Pick of the week: Bronze reflecting blossoming of Buddhism in China makes at £50,000 at TimeLine

07 September 2020

The Northern Wei dynasty (386-534 AD), founded by the nomadic Tuoba clan, was the most long-lived and most powerful of the northern dynasties prior to the reunification of China under the Sui. Most importantly for Chinese art history, the ruling royal family were converts to Buddhism.

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Chinese vases display varied styles of decoration

07 September 2020

Two very different Chinese vases took the limelight at a recent sale Fieldings (24% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Stourbridge.

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Why the best was yet to come for Asian art

07 September 2020

South London auction house decided to press pause but was rewarded with a bumper result

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Chinese dish owned by the ‘Jade king of Singapore’ stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

04 September 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Qingbai dish from the collection of Singaporean banker and collector Quek Kiok Lee that made over 35-times estimate at auction.

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Extra time brings right result

31 August 2020

Delay due to lockdown turns out to be a blessing in disguise in terms of consignments

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Chinese export cabinets at Bellmans come market-fresh from family

31 August 2020

A pair of Chinese export black lacquer chinoiserie decorated cabinets on stands came for sale at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex on August 11 with a blue-chip provenance.

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Liverpool auction looks to Asia

31 August 2020

This 7in (18cm) Satsuma 'koro' is modelled in the form of a 'yoroi bitsu' (Samurai armour storage box) with the 'kabuto' (traditional Japanese helmet) forming the lid.

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Bottle vase supplies a £55,000 Chinese surprise

24 August 2020

Solid selling punctuated by a number of estimate-eclipsing bids made the July 17-18 sale a very welcome return to business for Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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Bronze deity makes a jumbo price

24 August 2020

In Tibetan Buddhism the elephant-headed deity Vignataka is treated with considerable ambivalence.

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Kangxi at Kendzia

24 August 2020

Included in the Asian art section of the Kendzia two-day sale in Hamburg on September 4-5 is this set of nine Kangxi blue and white plates painted with a design of a lotus pond with flowers and insects.

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Vernacular crafts treasured for innate charm make hefty sums in the saleroom

17 August 2020

Some aspects of the traditional antiques market continue to perform with zest – and ‘folk art’ is among them.

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The £260,000 joy of Qianlong’s hanging bottles

03 August 2020

A pair of imperially inscribed Qianlong (1735-96) mark and period famille rose wall vases set a house record for Asian art at Roseberys.

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