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.


Back from 1910 honeymoon with a Satsuma vase

27 November 2023

Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) is considered the ‘prince’ of the so-called Satsuma medium.


Sleeping ‘imperial poem’ plaques awakened at New Jersey auction

27 November 2023

Catalogued simply as an ‘ornate Chinese plaque’ and estimated at $600-800, a Qing lacquer and porcelain panel hammered for a remarkable $440,000 (£359,000) at Regency Auction House in Rockaway, New Jersey.


Deaccessioned works receive big auction welcome

27 November 2023

Classical Chinese furniture deaccessioned from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts produced some sensational results at a dedicated Asian Art sale held by Brunk Auctions (23% buyer’s premium) in Asheville, North Carolina on October 19.

Qianlong vase

Chinese jade from Lawrence family collection soars past estimate

20 November 2023

The most eagerly awaited of the five Asian art catalogues offered by Woolley & Wallis was an array of 34 Chinese jades from the Lawrence family collection.


Imperial power told through a £110,000 hardwood chest

20 November 2023

A Chinese ‘dragon’ box fashioned in the prized Asian wood zitan sold for £110,000 at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) on November 3.


Pick of the week: Chinese instruments belonging to a Dutchman who was in tune with China

13 November 2023

The Dutch diplomat, musician, writer and sinologist Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-67), also known as Gao Luopei, was a great admirer of traditional Chinese literati culture.

Bronze figure of a Luohan

Chinese bronze hands vendor big reward

06 November 2023

A spectacular Chinese bronze surfaced at DuMouchelles’ auction in Detroit.


Exquisite Chinese sleeper – but not in best condition

06 November 2023

A textbook Chinese sleeper emerged at a recent sale held by Helmuth Stone (25% buyer’s premium): this 11in (29cm) cinnabar red lacquer circular box and cover.


Shi Lu picked out at $430,000

06 November 2023

Estimated at $30,000-50,000, an ink and colour on paper hanging scroll by Shi Lu (1919-82) took a mighty $430,000 (£354,500) at the latest Bonhams (28/27/21% buyer’s premium) auction of Fine Chinese Paintings in New York.


Scroll on Song in the Windy City

06 November 2023

Chinese item was owned by dealer who ran famed store on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago


Riding in with Carter provenance

06 November 2023

This pair of Qianlong (1735-96) cloisonné standing lion dogs with riders came for sale at Heritage (25% buyer’s premium) with a provenance to George Ann Brown Carter, wife of media scion Amon Giles Carter Jr (1919-82) of Fort Worth, Texas.


Kangxi sweetmeat set comes from private collection

23 October 2023

Marchant’s exhibition Kangxi Biscuit and Pottery: A Private French Collection includes this early Kangxi famille verte biscuit porcelain circular sweetmeat set, c.1670.


Flight of the phoenix

23 October 2023

Jacqueline Simcox stages her exhibition of Chinese textiles in South Kensington’s Cromwell Place.


Seized jade now for sale

23 October 2023

Bonhams’ Fine Chinese Art sale on November 2 includes this Qing jade carving of a mythical beast that formed part of the seminal Chinesische Kunst exhibition of 1929 in Berlin.


Take a kesi seat cover or two

23 October 2023

This pair of kesi chair covers woven with front-facing dragons against an apricot ground, date from the late Ming or early Qing dynasty period.


Chinese and Japanese art makes Olympia sale debut

23 October 2023

The first stand-alone Chinese and Japanese Works of Art sale at Olympia Auctions in London on November 8 includes this pair of Yongzheng period famille-rose fishbowls on European giltwood stands estimated at £40,000-60,000.


Lawrence jades lead five-star Salisbury series

23 October 2023

Woolley & Wallis will offer five catalogues this November – including two named single-owner sales.


Walden’s prancing horse

23 October 2023

Duke’s Asian Art sale in Dorchester on November 29 features works from the family of the late John Walden, an active member of the Oriental Ceramic Society from the 1950s.


Collector interview: father’s fans are on view to all

23 October 2023

Korean businessman Dr Hahn Kwang-ho CBE (1923-2014) was a well-known philanthropist and collector


Vase bought in Shanghai 1933

23 October 2023

This Jin dynasty Cizhou-type double gourd vase comes for sale at Mallams in Cheltenham on November 8 with an estimate of £2000-3000.



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