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Christie’s seeks exemption from Chinese import tax in US

08 November 2019

Christie’s has been praised for its stance on US tariffs on Chinese art after it became the first art market firm to seek exclusion from the tax, part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Late in October, Christie’s applied for exemption from a “punishing” import tax on seven types of Chinese art.

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Fine Art Asia: Pavilion plays host to dealers

30 September 2019

Masterpiece London regulars attend Hong Kong event despite civic unrest

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Ink Asia offers artwork food for thought

30 September 2019

'Le vol de pensée' (2010), shown right, is offered for $25,000 at Ink Asia on the stand of Singapore gallery iPreciation. The framed ink-on-paper composition, 2ft 7in x 2ft 2in (79 x 65cm), is by Gao Xingjian, a Chinese-born artist working in France.

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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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Hong Kong antiques fair set for 12th edition

06 May 2019

The 12th edition of the International Antiques Fair takes place in Hong Kong this month at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It runs from May 24-28, coinciding with the main spring auction series held by Christie’s.

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Tianminlou collection sells out in Hong Kong auction

08 April 2019

Sotheby’s spring Hong Kong auction series generated a grand total of HK$3.78bn (£367m) – the second highest in the company’s 46-year history in the territory – and a combined sell-through rate of 90%.

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Rare Summer Palace bronze found in British seaside bungalow returns to China

11 December 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has been returned to China.

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Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ sells for £14.6m at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction

03 October 2018

The recently discovered pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ has sold in Hong Kong today for a premium-inclusive HK$149m (£14.6m). Bidding opened at HK$40 million and steadily climbed as five bidders competed for the lot.

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Christie’s to offer major Chinese rarity as Song Dynasty scroll is given £40m estimate

03 September 2018

An extraordinarily rare artwork by pre-eminent Chinese scholar Su Shi (1037-1101) will be offered at Christie’s Hong Kong later this year. The auctioneers are hoping that it could make a record for any Asian work of art.

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US and UK trade unite to oppose 25% tariff threat in Trump's trade war

13 August 2018

Dealers and auctioneers in the US and UK are mobilising in the hope of removing works of art from the thousands of items caught up in the escalating US-China trade war.

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Comment: Trade is putting up a good fight against Trump’s tariff

13 August 2018

The US-China trade war, previously the stuff of new technology, heavy industry and agribusiness, has now opened a new front: cultural heritage. The threat of a 25% tariff on imported Chinese art and antiques will soon be discussed in Washington, DC.

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Chinese works of art chief Nicolas Chow becomes chairman of Sotheby’s Asia

14 March 2018

Sotheby’s has promoted Nicolas Chow to chairman of Sotheby’s Asia. He has risen through the ranks of the company as the Chinese art market has grown rapidly since he joined Sotheby’s in 1999.

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Chinese New Year ushers in the Year of the Dog: Check out these five dog-related antiques and artworks

16 February 2018

Today marks Chinese New Year, heralding the year of the dog. Those born in the year of the dog are said to be loyal, honest, just and popular in social circles.

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Auction house China Guardian to open Art Center in Beijing to mark 25th anniversary

26 January 2018

China Guardian is to open a new flagship building in Beijing this spring with auction and museum space.

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Brush washer sets £25m auction record for Chinese ceramics at Sotheby’s

03 October 2017

Sotheby’s posted a record price for any piece of Chinese ceramics sold at auction after a rare Ru guanyao brush washer drew a 20 minute bidding battle in Hong Kong.

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Dealers unveil items on offer at ‘Fine Art Asia’ fair in Hong Kong

20 September 2017

‘Fine Art Asia’ opens for its 12th staging from September 30 to October 3 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition centre.

Chinese auctioneers hope British advice on non-payment fits the bill

28 August 2017

The Chinese auction market is attempting to tackle non-payments with a series of initiatives debated at the Chinese Antiques and Artwork Auction International Forum last week.

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Chinese art and antiques market shrinks as non-payment remains a “chronic problem”

22 August 2017

Failure by buyers to pay for works of art they have successfully won at auction in China remains a major problem for the industry, according to the latest report.

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BADA heads to Shanghai preaching the merits of a self-regulating trade

21 August 2017

Self-regulation of the art and antiques trade was set to be the focus of an auction conference in Shanghai at the weekend.

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Chinese authorities begin ivory trade shut down

31 March 2017

China is shutting a third of its ivory factories and shops, as it begins to meet the requirements of a formal ban by the end of the year.

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