Asian Art

This broad umbrella category comprises everything from Qianlong vases to Islamic calligraphy. Asian art has been collected in the West over many generations and inspired many famous European productions. An example is the Japanese porcelain from the Kakiemon kilns, the styles of which that became adopted by European factories such as Meissen. 

Today, demand from Asian buyers has lifted the market of works in this sector across the world.

Chinese incense box

Tiny Chinese porcelain incense box sells at over 400 times estimate

19 July 2024

The latest biannual offering of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian works of art at Tremont Auctions (22% buyer’s premium) was dominated by the multi-estimate performance of a single lot.

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Chinese brush washer makes 200 times estimate in Norfolk

16 July 2024

A Chinese monochrome brush washer in one of the most prized glazes of the Song dynasty sold for an unexpected £120,000 at auction in Norfolk.


The Japanese prints spoils of a seasoned bidder

15 July 2024

Collector never seemed to give up in a battle to win more magnificent ukiyo-e works


Iznik at the double thanks to two private collections at Olympia Auctions

08 July 2024

The sale of Indian and Islamic art at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in London on June 5 included two fine private collections of Iznik pottery.


Archer family provenance points the way to debut sale success

08 July 2024

Father and son collection stars as centrepiece of 150-lot inaugural Islamic and Indian art offering


Chinese jar at 410 times the low estimate

08 July 2024

There was saleroom drama at Aste di Antiquariato Boetto (25% buyer’s premium) in Genoa on June 19 when a 12in (30cm) Chinese blue and white jar estimated at €2000-2300 shot to €820,000 (£692,000).


Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze seals a sensational price

08 July 2024

Concept Art Gallery (22% buyer’s premium) in Pittsburgh enjoyed a sensational result on June 8.


Toxicologist with style and substances when it came to life and collecting

01 July 2024

Estimated at $15,000-20,000 but hammering for $135,000 (£107,000), the highlight of the Asian works of art sale at Tenmoku (28/25/20% buyer’s premium) was a Chinese white-glazed incised dragon vase.


A family provenance to chew on: collection bought with proceeds of a biscuit empire

01 July 2024

Two days needed to disperse items collected over generations thanks to biscuit production success


Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze seals a sensational price

01 July 2024

Concept Art Gallery (22% buyer’s premium) in Pittsburgh enjoyed a sensational result at a recent sale.

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Daoguang bowls left in attic fetch £162,000 at auction

28 June 2024

A box of Chinese porcelain left in an attic in the Lincolnshire Wolds for more than two decades sold for £162,000 at auction.


Leroy & Fils carriage clock is among six lots to watch this week

24 June 2024

With estimates from £300, here are six previews of items coming up at auction this week


Second staging of a new classic

24 June 2024

Event that filled the void left by Art & Antiques for Everyone is back at Birmingham NEC after its debut last year


Ottoman tile packs in power of tiger and leopard

10 June 2024

This large 12in (30cm) hexagonal painted fritware tile from 16th century Damascus is decorated with one of the most recognisable Ottoman decorative motifs - the çintamani pattern.


New saleroom Azca launches in west London with Indian and Islamic selection

10 June 2024

London has a new boutique auction house with the launch this month of Azca Auctions in Hammersmith, west London.


Auction audience avid as Chinese export oil comes to the rostrum

10 June 2024

A Chinese export oil showing a Qing emperor at court led a single-owner dispersal at Tremont Auctions (27% buyer’s premium) in Sudbury, Massachusetts, on May 5.


It’s a wrap at $120,000 as Qing knotted cloth vase shines in LA

10 June 2024

A Qing vase later converted to a lamp sailed beyond expectations at an Andrew Jones Collections & Estates sale.

Chen Yi robe

Chinese artist’s silk robe emerges at Paris auction

05 June 2024

The auction house Aponem is selling works from the collection amassed by the Franco-Chinese artist, pianist, painter and poet Cheng Zhifan (1924-2021) who came to France in 1951.

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Marble reliefs impress at sale of George Farrow collection at Roseberys

04 June 2024

The ornate collection of 567 lots including tapestries and bronze sculptures from China, the Middle East and Europe went under the hammer at the London auction house


Chinese wine warmers proved hot stuff to sell at nearly 33 times the top estimate

27 May 2024

Roseberys and Dreweatts both posted two six-figure prices during the spring round of UK regional Asian art sales.