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.


Guangxu kamcheng

Straits Settlement new high set at Singapore auction

23 January 2023

A record for Peranakan or Straits Settlement porcelain was set at an auction in Singapore when a Guangxu kamcheng took Sin$74,000 (£46,000).

Ding Yingzong print

Rare Qing woodblock print stars in our pick of five auction highlights

20 January 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an 18th century print by Ding Yingzong depicting magnolia that made over 300-times estimate.

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Bonhams to sell Chinese export porcelain from dealer Cohen & Cohen

09 January 2023

On January 24 Bonhams in New York will offer a single owner-sale of more than 150 lots of Chinese export porcelain from the renowned specialist dealer in the field, Cohen & Cohen.

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Rothschild Qing cache packed away but now seeing the light of sale day

02 January 2023

A major draw to a recent Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art was a cache of Qing porcelain and hardstone carvings previously owned by Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961).

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Two birds dish brings in £165,000 at Kinghams

02 January 2023

The sale at Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium) in Moreton-in-Marsh included a 12in (30cm) carved cinnabar lacquer dish dating from the late Yuan or early Ming period – c.1350-1400.

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Services surface from a country house

02 January 2023

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) ‘part II’ sale of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at the end of last year included Chinese export porcelain from ‘the china store of a Somerset country house’.

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Folk and drama prints proved popular with urban audiences

02 January 2023

By illustrating and combining popular folk songs with scenes of dramas of the time, the artist or workshop named Ding Liangxian created a new type of woodblock print for urban Chinese audiences in the second quarter of the 18th century.

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Asian art: Look through a lens of Tibetan Buddhism

02 January 2023

Creative examples featured in recent UK auctions show the influence of religion and culture on the Manchu rulers of the Qing

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Home called Hazelwood stood in Shanghai

02 January 2023

A large reticulated ‘dragon and phoenix’ censer came for sale at Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) in Cheltenham from a Herefordshire vendor whose family had lived in Shanghai in the 1930s.

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Provenance is key to cong result

02 January 2023

Neolithic jade congs – the inspiration for many pieces of Qing and later porcelain – are probably some of the most intriguing objects from ancient Chinese culture.

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Sixteen lots from renowned Transitional porcelain collection reunited after Hong Kong sale

19 December 2022

Sir Michael Butler (1927-2013) was part of that post-war generation of ‘gentlemen in the professions’ who chose collecting as their primary leisure activity.

Cinnabar Lacquer Dish

Top-selling Chinese lacquer dish stars in our pick of five auction highlights

16 December 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare 14th century carved lacquer dish that made over 50-times estimate in Gloucestershire.

Eugène Manet

Hotung ‘jewel in the crown’ Degas proves precious at auction

12 December 2022

The second tranche of the collection of Hong Kong property investor Sir Joseph Hotung (1930-2021) generated some strong competition at Sotheby’s in London with a number of high-value pictures, as well some exceptional pieces of furniture, ceramics and decorative art, on offer last week.

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Bixie could bring power and position if third time lucky

14 November 2022

A multitude of fabulous creatures are an integral part of traditional Chinese mythology. Among them is the Bixie, whose name translates as ‘to ward off evil spirits’.

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A king cong leads Woolley & Wallis sale

07 November 2022

The top-seller of the small Chinese offering from Exbury House was this colourful, elaborate 18th century cloisonné cong.

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Bidders on the alert to find Chinese sleepers

31 October 2022

The cylindrical brush pot or bitong appears to have been introduced into the repertoire of Chinese ceramic forms in the late 1620s.

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Asian Art in London’s East Asian award winners announced

27 October 2022

At a gala party held at the Victoria & Albert Museum last night Asian Art in London announced the winners of its latest awards.

Chinese jardiniere

Walpole’s cat-killing fish bowl returns to Strawberry Hill

24 October 2022

A Chinese jardiniere once used as a fish bowl by Horace Walpole (1717-97) is to return to his Strawberry Hill home.

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Rutting Pan and Pliny’s Doves take their place in an eclectic selection offered by Somerset saleroom

24 October 2022

Nineteenth-century Grand Tourists and souvenirs from the Orient made for a highly successful outing near Bristol where micro-mosaic panels, intaglios and Chinese vessels led the way at Clevedon Saleooms (22% buyer’s premium).

Armchair

Qing vase and Ming armchair make eight figure sums as bidders compete in Hong Kong

17 October 2022

One boasted an illustrious ‘Fonthill heirloom’ provenance, the other a Hotung collection background

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