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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Boxer Rebellion link backs soapstone sale

11 December 2017

Two Qing soapstone seals sold to a Chinese bidder for Dkr1.1m (£130,640), around 100 times their estimate, at Bruun Rasmussen (24 % buyer’s premium) in Copenhagen on November 29.

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Richly decorated Chinese screen emerges at Paris auction

11 December 2017

December is traditionally a month when Paris focuses attention on sales of Asian art, with auctions in the rooms across the city and at the Drouot centre.

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Carved Song dynasty figure offered at Hotel Drouot auction

11 December 2017

This carved wooden figure of Guanyin dating to the Song dynasty (900-1279 AD) will be the headline entry of the Asian art sale to be held by Leclère at Drouot on December 16.

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Chinese archaic bronzes collection takes flight in Lewes

04 December 2017

The Jean-Claude Lepileur (1926-2016) collection of Chinese archaic bronzes offered as a stand-alone collection at Gorringe’s in Lewes on November 28 totalled £582,000.

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Chinese art cataloguing: be factual and full – but non-committal

18 November 2017

Despite the imperfections of the market for Chinese works of art, for many regional auctioneers this still vibrant area has done much to offset the soft prices for brown furniture which used to underpin the home market.

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Chinese handscroll sells for 10 times estimate at £225,000 setting house record for Chiswick Auctions

13 November 2017

A handscroll measuring over thirty metres in length by Qing artist Xu Naigu (1785 – 1835) made £225,000 hammer against an estimate of £15,000-20,000 this morning (November 13) – a house record for the auctioneer.

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Chinese hair ornaments are among Norie collection lots in Copenhagen sale

13 November 2017

This collection of late Qing dynasty Chinese hair ornaments fashioned as bats, flowers and foliage and set with kingfisher feathers, coral, jade and pearls is part of a group of 30 lots from the collection of Evelyn Williams Medows Norie (1862-1915) which is on offer at Bruun Rasmussen on November 29.

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Yongzheng cups triple in value and lifts Sotheby’s Chinese art auction

08 November 2017

A pair of small but exquisite famille-rose decorated Yongzheng porcelain cups led Sotheby’s sale of Chinese art in London earlier today when they were knocked down at £1.6m. Offered as a single lot, the price was over three times the amount they had fetched at auction 13 years ago.

Qianlong jade bowl

Dealer Shapero hosts Danish saleroom during Asian Art in London

04 November 2017

Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen is taking part in the ‘Asian Art in London’ event by staging a viewing of upcoming highlights at a London dealership.

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Chinese lots sit comfortably in two sales

30 October 2017

More evidence that Chinese lots can leave auctioneers sitting pretty came in sales north and south.

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Chinese scroll sets Australian auction record for Asian art at Bonhams

27 October 2017

A rare Chinese scroll by artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) has made an auction record for Bonhams in Australia.

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Will this Chinese vase become the first million-pound lot in Scotland?

09 October 2017

Glasgow saleroom Mulberry Bank will offer a late 18th century Qing famille rose bottle vase with an estimate of £1.5m-2m in its October 20-21 auction.

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Pick of the Week: Yongzheng dish serves £230,000

09 October 2017

Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire sold a Yongzheng (1723-35) mark and period dish for £230,000 (plus premium) on September 29.

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Chinese records fall across Hong Kong series

09 October 2017

Sotheby’s Hong Kong autumn series posted benchmark sums in two Chinese works of art categories. Records were broken for both ceramics and carved jade.

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Exporting values from south London

09 October 2017

A collection of early 20th century Chinese silver attracted wide interest at Catherine Southon’s (18% buyer’s premium) September 6 sale at Selsdon, south London.

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Brush washer sets £25m auction record for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s

03 October 2017

Sotheby’s posted a record price for any piece of Chinese ceramics sold at auction after a rare Ru guanyao brush washer drew a 20 minute bidding battle in Hong Kong.

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Bowled over by China

02 October 2017

A selection of good online illustrations plus a brief noncommittal description can be the regional auctioneer’s safest route when offering Chinese works of art. It proved successful when a porcelain bowl was consigned to the September 7 sale Greenslade Taylor & Hunt (19% buyer’s premium) held at Taunton.

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Charles Hanson sells Chinese dish for seven times estimate at Derbyshire auction

29 September 2017

A Chinese dish, once valued on the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’, has sold at Hansons Auctioneers for £230,000.

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Pair of huanghuali cabinets at Bonhams

27 September 2017

Tapering cabinets or yuanjiaogui were valued by the Ming and Qing for their practical use, as the primary place of storage for clothes and linen, and also paintings and books.

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A handscroll by Xu Naigu at Chiswick Auctions

27 September 2017

Lazarus Halstead, head of Asian art at Chiswick Auctions, describes this 33ft (10m) long handscroll as “both a work of art and an historical document”.

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