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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.

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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.

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A ten shilling, ‘thick paper’ Federalist

18 June 2018

The Federalist…, a collection of essays first published in New York newspapers in the years immediately following independence, is today recognised as a seminal work on American political theory and a cornerstone of constitutional governance.

Valerio Adami bottle

Pop artist designs help whisky bottle to auction record at Bonhams Hong Kong

25 May 2018

Whisky bottles decorated with illustrations by pop artists Valerio Adami and Sir Peter Blake set records at Bonhams’ Fine and Rare Wine and Whisky auction in Hong Kong.

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Sterling silver Hermès handbag makes auction record at Spink in Hong Kong

23 April 2018

The highlight of the inaugural handbag auction held by Spink in Hong Kong was a sterling silver Hermès Kelly handbag.

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Sotheby’s returns to holding auctions in India

16 April 2018

Sotheby’s is to return to holding auctions in India to take advantage of the growing wealth in the Asian nation. It plans a sale in December at The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai.

Tyeb Mehta’s ‘Durga Mahisasura Mardini’

Sotheby’s returns to India for Mumbai auctions

10 April 2018

Sotheby’s is to return to holding auctions in India to take advantage of the growing wealth in the Asian nation.

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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.

Auguste Rodin’s bronze Le Baiser (The Kiss)

Christie’s brings in three European dealers for Hong Kong showcase

02 April 2018

Christie’s is ringing the changes for its auction series in Hong Kong this spring by inviting three European dealers exhibit works at its sale venue.

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Unprecedented collection of maps of Japan offered by Daniel Crouch Rare Books in Tokyo

21 March 2018

Daniel Crouch Rare Books offers what is dubbed the largest collection of maps of Japan ever to come on the open market at this week’s Tokyo Book Fair.

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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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Handbags in Hong Kong for coin and stamp specialist Spink

12 March 2018

Coins, banknotes and stamps specialist Spink has expanded its sales programme into the growing auction sector of luxury handbags.

Chinese bowl

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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Chinese New Year ushers in the Year of the Dog: Check out these five dog-related antiques and artworks

16 February 2018

Today marks Chinese New Year, heralding the year of the dog. Those born in the year of the dog are said to be loyal, honest, just and popular in social circles.

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Antique ivory exemption remains in Hong Kong ivory ban

15 February 2018

Hong Kong’s bill for a stricter ban on ivory will be enacted this year but exemptions for antiques objects remain.

Beijing

Auction house China Guardian to open Art Center in Beijing to mark 25th anniversary

26 January 2018

China Guardian is to open a new flagship building in Beijing this spring with auction and museum space.

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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.

Ru Guanyao brush washer

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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Dealers unveil items on offer at ‘Fine Art Asia’ fair in Hong Kong

20 September 2017

‘Fine Art Asia’ opens for its 12th staging from September 30 to October 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition centre.

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