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.


Dr Wou Kiuan Collection takes a journey through history

01 May 2023

Sotheby’s conducts a timed online sale from May 10-17 titled A Journey Through China’s History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection.


Guanyin on hand thanks to a noted collector

01 May 2023

This rare 2ft 7in (78cm) high white marble stele depicting the Buddhist goddess Guanyin predates was carved in the Northern Qi dynasty, (550-577AD), around the time of the Sutton Hoo hoard.


Transitional vase decorated with scene from literary epic

01 May 2023

This 16in (41cm) blue and white sleeve vase from the Transitional period is on offer at the Bonhams Knightsbridge sale titled Asian Art on May 15.


Auspicious aspects of vase for sale from a private collector

01 May 2023

The Asian art sale at Halls in Shrewsbury on May 11 features this 10½in (27cm) pink ground famille rose vase.


Owned by a London connoisseur, gentleman collector and agent to Victor Rothschild

01 May 2023

This pair of 10in (25cm) famille verte and ormolu vases has a provenance to Arthur Tite (1904-84), the London connoisseur, gentleman collector and agent to Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron (1910-90).


Lotus and chrysanthemum set to blossom

01 May 2023

Roseberys’ Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Art sale on May 16-17 runs to over 1000 lots and includes two private collections.

UK still holds its own despite overseas focus

01 May 2023

Once the centre of the Asian art trade, and still the repository for some of the most knowledgeable dealers on the subject, the London market has weakened in recent years.


European landscapes in view on Canton vase

01 May 2023

This 14in (36cm) Qianlong mark and period Canton vase of square baluster form is painted with four oval cartouches with European rural landscape views.


Xuande ‘pomegranate’ box and cover displays imperial appeal

01 May 2023

Dreweatts’ sale on May 17-18 includes a very rare Xuande (1426-35) mark and period cloisonné ‘pomegranate’ box and cover.


Ming ritual water vessel offered at Chiswick Auctions

01 May 2023

The sale of Asian Art at Chiswick Auctions on May 19 is led by this rare example of Ming dynasty cloisonné.

Reverse painted mirror

Reverse appeal reflects export mirror’s condition

17 April 2023

This 18th century Chinese export reverse-painted mirror in a period gilt frame took a five-figure sum at auction.


Porcelain appeal powers Du Boulay vase

17 April 2023

A strong performer in the Anthony du Boulay (1929-2022) sale at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Dorchester was this 10in (24.5cm) enamelled chinoisierie milchglas vase.


On a mission to make porcelain

27 March 2023

Items sold at auction show how Jesuit expertise helped China to gain technological skill for enamelling


Reach for the sky with a celestial single-owner collection

06 March 2023

Headlining Sotheby’s Asia Week New York line up is the 23-lot single-owner auction Celestial Colors. The Cadle Family Collection of Chinese Monochromes.


Array of traditional robes on offer

06 March 2023

Three online sales make up the Asia Week New York programme presented by Lark Mason Associates via the iGavel Auctions platform.


Five plus three equals eight auctions both live and online

06 March 2023

Christie’s celebrates Asia Week New York with eight auctions: five live and three online


JJ Lally & Co lots span 5000 years of Chinese history

06 March 2023

Bonhams will offer two single-owner collections as part of its programme for Asia Week New York.


Windowsill of opportunity provides Chinese vase

06 March 2023

Spotted sitting among modern pottery on the windowsill of a small cottage, a meiping porcelain vase with ‘robin’s egg’ blue glaze was the plum piece.

Qianlong famille rose falangcai bowl

News in Brief including a record-breaking Chinese bowl returning to auction

06 March 2023

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a Qianlong bowl returning to auction after more than 15 years.


Obituary: Chinese works of art dealer Alan Hartman (1930-2023)

06 March 2023

What makes a good antiques dealer?



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