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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Metropolitan Museum to auction off 300 Asian works of art at Sotheby’s New York

21 August 2019

A large jade brushpot from the Qing Dynasty is expected to lead a collection of more than 300 Chinese works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art going under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York this September.

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Renewed threat of US tax on Chinese art

19 August 2019

A UK dealer is considering moving Chinese objects to the US earlier than planned in the hope of staying ahead of import tariff changes.

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Buyer pins down Chinese workbox at £7000 hammer

19 August 2019

The interior of this 15in (38cm) mid-19th century Chinese gilt and black lacquer workbox includes two layers of 15 small interlocking boxes. The central cruciform-shaped box has a pin cushion incorporated in the lid.

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Art is back on Trump's China tariff list

14 August 2019

Dealers in Chinese art remain on high alert as art and antiques appeared on a new list of Chinese goods facing a 10% US import tariff from September 1.

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Records tumble in sizzling summer sales

12 August 2019

The sale of a £200,000 Chinese vase in Suffolk completed a trio of house records across the regions that belied the usually quiet auction season.

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Chinese vase sleeper awakens with £200,000 bid at Felixstowe auction

05 August 2019

There was high drama at the small Suffolk saleroom of Diamond Mills when a Chinese vase estimated at just £100-150 sold in the room at £200,000.

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Yongzheng perfection sets house record in Bath

05 August 2019

Aldridges of Bath smashed its house record last week with the sale of a Yongzheng mark and period bowl for £220,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium). It had come for sale following a routine house call.

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Qing period gold wedding boxes emerge at Singapore auction

22 July 2019

A pair of 20ct gold wedding boxes dating from the late Qing period is on offer (one shown here). Both are embossed with the 12 symbols of the Chinese zodiac with the lids decorated with the sign of the Dragon and the Rabbit identifying each marriage partner.

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Asian buyers compete for works from European collections in German and Austrian specialist auctions

15 July 2019

Far and away the highest result for an Asian work of art in recent sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the spectacular price of SFr4.2m (£3.3m) achieved by Koller in Zurich for a Chinese bronze censer (see front page, ATG No 2397).

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Chinese vase and trinket make multi-estimate prices after emerging at regional auctions

01 July 2019

Catalogued as a ‘tin glazed hand painted Chinese vase – 17in (42cm) tall’ and estimated at £50-80, a late 17th century Kangxi period famille verte porcelain vase of waisted trumpet form sold on June 22 for a healthier £12,000 – 150 times the top estimate.

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Trump's proposed US tax on Chinese art imports ‘would harm local trade and benefit China’, trade officials told

28 June 2019

A renewed threat to tax Chinese art imports into the US, including those from the UK, would harm the local antiques trade and instead benefit China, US trade officials have heard.

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Chinese bronze censer used to hold tennis balls sold for £3.3 million

17 June 2019

A Chinese parcel gilt bronze censer, that was being used to hold tennis balls when first seen by valuers last year, has sold at auction in Switzerland for close to £3.3m.

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Stolen Asian art recovered but much still missing from museum's collection

03 June 2019

Police have recovered a haul of stolen Asian artworks and returned them to the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

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Three lots coming up in German salerooms this month

03 June 2019

Three potential highlights from German auctions at Van Ham in Cologne, Quittenbaum in Munich and Wendl in Rudolstadt.

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Chinese doucai vase, Edward Bawden print, Longines wristwatch – five auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

31 May 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Chinese doucai vase making over 150-times estimate at an auction in Newbury.

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Da Qian is Woolley & Wallis’s 11th £1m-plus lot

27 May 2019

A painting by the celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) sold for £2.3m (plus premium) at Woolley & Wallis.

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Call on antiques trade to oppose tariffs on Chinese antiques once again

27 May 2019

The global art market is preparing to defend itself against a renewed US threat to tax Chinese art imports, as part of President Trump’s trade war with China.

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Painting by celebrated artist Zhang Da Qian takes £2.3m at Salisbury auction

22 May 2019

Woolley & Wallis celebrated its 11th seven-figure lot yesterday, selling 'The Grand View of Chao Mountain' by celebrated Chinese 20th century artist Zhang Da Qian (1899-1983) for £2.3m (plus buyer’s premium).

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Trump administration in renewed threat to tax Chinese art imports

20 May 2019

Chinese art and antiques are part of a new list of $300bn-plus of imports drawn up by President Trump’s administration in the country’s escalating trade war with China, ATG understands.

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Qianlong throne tops Asian series as ‘Chenghua’ dragon dish takes flight

20 May 2019

A Qianlong (1736-95) three-colour lacquer throne provided the London series of Asian art sales with its headline moment.

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