A vast number of cultures and a rich and diverse group of artistic styles rest under the Asian art umbrella. The subject encompasses works of art from much of Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East.
In recent years the market has been dominated in recent years by the substantial sums paid by Chinese collectors to repatriate their historical art heritage. Against the backdrop of rising prices - and the preponderance of sophisticated copies and homages - the reappraisal of Chinese jades, porcelain, silver, metalwork and furniture in existing family collections is essential. This has led to some notable discoveries including the Qianlong (1736-95) mark and period doucai ‘lotus and bats’ jar and cover we sold in 2014 for a house record £350,000. It was offered by the Shropshire descendant of a Liverpool shipping merchant who had brought it back from China.
Demand for Japanese works of art has yet to return to the levels seen in the early 1990s but exceptional works - particularly the best Meiji period cloisonné, lacquer, okimono carving and Satsuma earthenwares - transcends any wider softness in the market. Some of our recent results are ample proof of this.
Our in-house experts have years of experience in assessing and valuing Asian art of all kinds.
If you are interested in a valuation, please complete our online valuation form or alternatively call us on 01270 623878.
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On the right of this page you will see a few highlights of Asian Art items we've sold - to see more, including prices and dates, search our sold lots, below: