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.


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.

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The Chinese market seen in monochrome

28 May 2018

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

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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.

Imperial Qianlong yangcai famille-rose porcelain vase

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.

150 A monumental Imperial exceptionally rare cast gilt-bronze ritual butter lamp Early Ming Dynasty, circa first half 15th century, cast Jingtai six-character mark.jpg

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.

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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.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

07 May 2018

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Oriental lots across the UK give bidders plenty to chew on

30 April 2018

The feast from the east that that has put bread (and some Michelin-starred meals) on the table of dealers and auctioneers for more than a decade continues to do so at sales from Scotland to Surrey.

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Chinese porcelain has pride of place in Leyburn

30 April 2018

Chinese porcelain resumed its traditional dominance among the Oriental offerings at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn.

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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.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

30 April 2018

Several decades ago, when China was shut to the Western world, encounters with foreigners were understandably rare.

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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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Serpents slither onto vases

30 April 2018

An ideal marriage of skills, rather than a clash of cultures, put a pair of c.1790-1800 Chinese export vases into the limelight at Hannam’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale at Selborne.

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Bidding battle for Manchu officials’ bronze seals

30 April 2018

One of the smallest but most eye-catching lots at the Oriental sale at Bonhams Edinburgh (25% buyer’s premium) was two 4¼in (11cm) high Manchu officials’ bronze seals.

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Chinese jades targeted in Bath museum theft

23 April 2018

Avon and Somerset police are appealing for information after a raid on the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

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Appeal to trade after burglary of Chinese works of art taken from Bath museum

23 April 2018

The Museum of East Asian Art was the victim of a daring raid by four masked men who stole rare artefacts from the Bath institution.

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Pick of the Week: Chinese bronze taken from Summer Palace sells for six figures at auction

16 April 2018

A rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, sold for £410,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at the Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Summer Palace bronze sells for £410,000 at Canterbury Auctions

11 April 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has sold for £410,000, four times its lower estimate.

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Sotheby's spring Hong Kong auctions feature top-selling trio of Chinese imperial objects

09 April 2018

Sotheby’s spring Hong Kong series included a trio of eight-figure Chinese imperial works of art.

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