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.

The Yamanaka reticulated vase

Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ emerges at Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

The pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ – knocked down at £43m in 2010 but later sold for half of that sum – is to come to market. Sotheby’s will sell the near identical vase, that has a century-long provenance, in Hong Kong in the autumn.

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US and UK trade unite to oppose 25% tariff threat in Trump's trade war

13 August 2018

Dealers and auctioneers in the US and UK are mobilising in the hope of removing works of art from the thousands of items caught up in the escalating US-China trade war.


Comment: Trade is putting up a good fight against Trump’s tariff

13 August 2018

The US-China trade war, previously the stuff of new technology, heavy industry and agribusiness, has now opened a new front: cultural heritage. The threat of a 25% tariff on imported Chinese art and antiques will soon be discussed in Washington, DC.


Cabinet result runs Chinese charger close in Exeter

13 August 2018

It’s a rare sale these days at which an English furniture standard challenges quality Chinese pieces for price, but the top end of the trade certainly rated a 6ft 3in (1.9m) William and Mary walnut and featherbanded bureau cabinet offered by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (21% buyer’s premium).

Jiaqing vase

Damaged Chinese vases still pack a punch at auction

02 July 2018

Down but not out, a smashed Qing porcelain famille vase sold for an unexpected £94,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on June 28.


A Chinese chair to make bidders sit up

02 July 2018

Stuttgart auction house Nagel (33% buyer’s premium) held its summer sale of Asian art in Salzburg having acquired an impressive array of quality pieces from European and other collections.

Ivory plaque

British Museum accepts 550-piece collection of ivory works of art ahead of UK trade ban

28 June 2018

A vast collection of ivories from The Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust will be going on display at the British Museum after it acquired the collection earlier this year.


Bid £31,000 – and let the meter run

25 June 2018

"He had taken a taxi from Heathrow to Easingwold. After fierce bidding on the phones and internet he bought it, put it in his suitcase and the taxi was still waiting outside the saleroom with the meter ticking to go back to Heathrow.”

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Japanese buyer keeps Heathrow taxi waiting when buying 'Ming period' dish for £31,000 in North Yorkshire

20 June 2018

A blue and white porcelain dish, believed to be from the Ming period, took more than 100 times its estimate at a small auction house in North Yorkshire. It sold to a buyer from Japan, who had flown in for the sale.


Chinese art dealer on the move

18 June 2018

Chinese art specialist Priestley & Ferraro has moved to a new location in St James’s. The new address is 3 Bury Street, not far from 17 King Street where it had been located since 1996.

Imperial Qianlong yangcai famille-rose porcelain vase

Chinese vase brought into Sotheby’s in a shoebox sells at £12.5m

12 June 2018

A Chinese vase discovered in the attic of a French family home and bearing a mark for the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795) was knocked down at €14.2m (£12.5m) at Sotheby’s Paris.

Ming vases

Chinese bronze-focused sale boosts performance at Chiswick Auctions

07 June 2018

The strong round of Chinese and Asian art sales last month continued in London with sales reaching a premium-inclusive £1m at Chiswick Auctions.


The Chinese market seen in monochrome

28 May 2018

Well-provenanced Chinese monochromes dominated bidding at recent Asian art sales across the UK regions.


Provenance is key for Chinese art

28 May 2018

Chinese ceramics tend to dominate Asian sales in the UK, but occasionally other mediums get to share the limelight.

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Chinese vase brought into Sotheby’s in a shoebox now valued at up to £600,000

23 May 2018

A Chinese vase discovered in the attic of French family home and bearing a mark for the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-1795) will be offered at Sotheby’s Paris next month.

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Massive Ming gilt-bronze butter lamp sells for £1.33m at Bonhams

21 May 2018

An exceptionally rare, large gilt-bronze Ming lamp took top spot at Bonhams’ Fine Chinese Art sale in London last week.


Antiques Roadshow regular David Battie to hold exhibition at Cotswold auction house Tayler & Fletcher

12 May 2018

BBC Antiques Roadshow regular and Asian art expert David Battie is to host an exhibition and lecture at Cotswold auction house Tayler & Fletcher.


Previews: £30,000 plus

07 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.


Buyer nets Kangxi vase

30 April 2018

A 10in (25cm) tall Kangxi period (1654-1722) rouleau vase painted with fishermen and cranes took a six-times estimate £2800 at the 1200-lot Spring Sale at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) on March 22-26.


Plaques brighten snowy days

30 April 2018

Delayed by snow for a week, the Spring Sale at Chorley’s (20% buyer’s premium) on March 27 opened with a local collection of Republic-era (1912-49) porcelain.



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