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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Beastly bronze vessel

03 May 2021

The sale at Roseberys London on May 18 includes this gold and silver-inlaid bronze tapir-form zun dated to the Yuan or early Ming period.

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Fire-breathing monster to own

03 May 2021

This late Ming (17th century) jade water pot in the form of a chimera will be offered by Dreweatts on May 19.

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Primroses, apples and porcelain

03 May 2021

A highlight of the Asian Art sale at Tajan will be this still-life of a pot of primroses, apples and porcelain by Chinese artist Pan Yu Liang (1895-1977).

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Elephant ride can bring good fortune at Chiswick sale

03 May 2021

Chiswick Auctions conducts two sales on June 1-2: the usual Asian Art sale, plus a themed sale called Chinese Art: 100 Stories.

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Sun rises in Berlin

03 May 2021

Among the highlights of the Asian Art auction at Koller on June 2 is this ink and colour scroll painting 'Sunrise at Mount Tai' by Li Keran (1907-89).

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Bronze gives multiple reasons to bid

03 May 2021

This large, 3ft (92cm), high imperial gilt bronze figure of Varjrabhairava features in the Asian art sale at Nagel in Stuttgart on June 23-25.

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Qianlong vase from English collection offered at Sotheby’s

03 May 2021

Sotheby’s sale of Chinese art on May 12 includes this Qianlong mark and period celadon ground famille rose decorated bottle vase.

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Canton complete with the hongs

03 May 2021

Bonhams conducts a general sale of Asian art in Knightsbridge on May 10.

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Jewell of a vase at Lyon & Turnbull

03 May 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s May 14 sale in London includes this flambe glazed pear-shaped bottle vase that carries a Qianlong mark and may be of the period.

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Two single-owner collections of Orientalists works highlight Sussex sale with worldwide appeal

19 April 2021

Two English Orientalists made the biggest impression at a recent sale at Gorringe’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Lewes.

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Chinese bidders drawn to Germany

12 April 2021

In today’s world of modern communication, it is inevitable that several Chinese collectors would discover a 16th century Ming Dynasty ritual vessel in the catalogue of a saleroom in a small town on the edge of the Black Forest in the south-west corner of Germany.

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Obituary: Chinese art dealer Richard Peters

05 April 2021

I knew Richard Peters for nearly 40 years. He was born in Leeds on January 28, 1962, and was one of six children to Flo and Syd Peters, who owned a large shop called The Antique Gallery in North Street, Leeds.

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Gloucestershire auction offers far from your normal antiques and collectables line-up

05 April 2021

With hindsight, the boast made by the Flying Steam Company – 'To China in Twenty-Four Hours Certain' – was a tad ambitious.

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Ceramics of Shropshire and Song origins

29 March 2021

Two very different ceramic objects illuminated The Spring Auction at Halls (20% buyer’s premium) in Shrewsbury on March 17.

Yongle period blue and white bowl

$35 yard sale find stars in Asia Week New York

22 March 2021

Bought for just $35 at a yard sale in Connecticut last year, this small blue and white ‘lotus bud’ bowl proved one of the star lots of Asia Week New York.

Shang gui bronze

Pick of the week: Shang shines in two New York auctions

22 March 2021

Archaic Chinese bronzes were the stand out lots in Asian Art Week in New York this month.

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Bonhams to conduct sale of stock from Chinese art dealership Roger Keverne

08 March 2021

Bonhams is to auction the remaining stock of the long-established London Chinese art dealership Roger Keverne.

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Huanghuali hits the sale heights

08 March 2021

Anglo-Chinese furniture stars as early American auctions produce numerous big results.

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Doucai cups bring international bids to defy damage issues

01 March 2021

In poor condition but made in the coveted Yongzheng (1722-1735) period, this pair of Doucai porcelain cups attracted bids from China, Canada, Scandinavia and Spain as well as the UK.

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Chinese works of art: a here-to-sell strategy

15 February 2021

Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie follows a policy of detailed cataloguing for Chinese art but modest estimates

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