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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.

Nicolas Chow of Sotheby’s

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.

Hong Kong

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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Monet’s personal collection on show in London ahead of Christie’s Hong Kong auction

19 September 2017

Objects and artworks from the personal collection of Claude Monet (1840-1926) will be on view in London later this month ahead of an auction in Hong Kong in November.

Chinese auctioneers hope British advice on non-payment fits the bill

28 August 2017

The Chinese auction market is attempting to tackle non-payments with a series of initiatives debated at the Chinese Antiques and Artwork Auction International Forum last week.

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Brush washer on offer in HK sale

28 August 2017

A Song dynasty brush washer, one of the few examples of Ru guanyao court ware still in private hands, will be offered by Sotheby’s Hong Kong with an estimate in excess of HK$100m on October 3.

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Chinese art and antiques market shrinks as non-payment remains a “chronic problem”

22 August 2017

Failure by buyers to pay for works of art they have successfully won at auction in China remains a major problem for the industry, according to the latest report.

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BADA heads to Shanghai preaching the merits of a self-regulating trade

21 August 2017

Self-regulation of the art and antiques trade was set to be the focus of an auction conference in Shanghai at the weekend.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong ivory ban bill makes exceptions for antique objects

10 July 2017

Hong Kong’s bill to ban the domestic ivory trade does allow for the trade in antiques containing ivory, it has emerged.

Lilly Chan

Phillips swoops on Christie’s Asian art expert to run its Asia business from Hong Kong

18 April 2017

Phillips has hired Christie’s Lilly Chan to become managing director of its Asia business.

Ming bowl

Exceptional Ming ‘fish pond’ bowl sells for more than £22m at auction in Hong Kong

05 April 2017

An exceptional Xuande mark and period ‘fish pond’ bowl, trumpeted by Sotheby’s as among the greatest examples of early Ming blue and white porcelain in private hands, sold in Hong Kong for HK$229m (£22.9m) on April 4.

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