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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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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Summer Palace bronze up at auction in Canterbury

26 March 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been discovered in a house in a Kent seaside town.

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Classic Chinese works shine across New York Asia Week series

26 March 2018

More than $120m of Asian art was sold at auction during last week’s New York Asia Week.

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Rare Chinese bronze ‘tiger’ vessel looted by British troops from Beijing’s Summer Palace found in Kent time capsule

22 March 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been found in a house in a Kent seaside town.

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Connections at TEFAF: the story of the 17th century salt cellar showing the flow of ideas between East and West – Video

14 March 2018

Highlighting the breadth of art and antiques across different categories at the TEFAF Maastricht fair, two pieces on separate stands helped tell the story of the development of the salt cellar in the 17th century.

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Chinese works of art chief Nicolas Chow becomes chairman of Sotheby’s Asia

14 March 2018

Sotheby’s has promoted Nicolas Chow to chairman of Sotheby’s Asia. He has risen through the ranks of the company as the Chinese art market has grown rapidly since he joined Sotheby’s in 1999.

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Exhibition at New York's Throckmorton Fine Art celebrates early developments in Chinese Buddhist sculpture

12 March 2018

New York gallery show coincides with and adds to the Asian art week of events...

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A pearler in west London

12 March 2018

The Asian art sale at Chiswick confirmed that many of the better pieces of Chinese art are now well beyond the budget of the average western collector.

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Grinning bid brings in Buddha

12 March 2018

A small soapstone figure of a grinning, reclining Buddha stole the show at Thomas Watson (24% buyer’s premium) of Darlington when it smashed its estimate of £80-120 to sell for £16,500.

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Record breaker? Rare Chinese gold-pink Kangxi bowl comes to auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong

06 March 2018

A rare Kangxi bowl coming onto the market for the first time in 30 years could test the auction record for Chinese ceramics.

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Private collection of Republican-era Chinese ceramics stars at Chorley’s

26 February 2018

Chorley’s offers an important private collection of Republican-era porcelain at its sale of Asian Art, European Ceramics & Glass next month.

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Bonhams promotes head of Chinese ceramics and makes new appointment to main board

24 February 2018

Bonhams has promoted Asaph Hyman to global head of Chinese ceramics and works of art.

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Chinese bowls serve up six figures each

05 February 2018

Promoted as including the contents from a Derbyshire country home, the three-day pre-Christmas sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) was more notable for two unusual collections and pieces which came in after a valuation day.

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Latest German saleroom results show Asian buyers stepping up

29 January 2018

Asian art sales are always unpredictable, more often than not in a positive sense.

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Vase with provenance shows market is far from jaded

08 January 2018

Jade remains ever-popular in the Chinese art field, although the market has become selective.

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Chinese artist Sanyu tops Paris auction at €6.9m

04 January 2018

The latest sale of Asian paintings held by Aguttes in Paris was led by a c.1930 work by the Chinese artist Sanyu (1901-66).

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