Spotlight: Asian antique trends and sale results

It’s fascinating to witness the rise and transitions of Asian art and antiques within the auction industry. From traditional ceramics to contemporary art, and including statues, carvings, furniture, ceramics, porcelain, textiles and more, this is an area to keep your eye on.


Interest has piqued in items including cloisonné, ivory, jade, later Chinese bronzes, classic age ceramics and Beijing enamels. Jade in previously unpopular colours are becoming more desirable to the market, especially celadon, and rare lacquer pieces are now more commonly considered valuable.

This isn’t a new trend, but it has evolved since prices for Chinese art spiked in the early 2010s, with a bit more stability in the market today. Online bidding means that many of these items - sourced from within the UK and Europe - are selling to buyers in China. We have seen different genres pique and settle at different times with the first serge being ceramics, then jade, the next major push is likely to be bronzes.

The symbolism and tranquillity of the art is also making it popular in Western interior design, and antiques enthusiasts have recognised the potential value of these collections.

Our specialists are able to advise on current market value for Asian art and antiques and will help you achieve the best possible results by reaching a world-wide buying base.


Here are some highlights from Asian art sold at Anderson and Garland auctioneers:


Chinese Famille Verte figure of a seated tiger - sold for £8,900 in the Fine Art Auction 


Chinese Famille Verte figure of a seated tiger, with raised head, open mouth and eyes looking upwards, raised tail resting against its left hand side, back and sides with regular stripe patterns in dark brown highlighted with green and yellow 'splash' enamel, on rectangular base with iron red flowerheads between diamond lattice, probably 18th Century, height 24.5cms.


Chinese Famille Rose 'hundred boys' panel - sold for £8,200 



Chinese Famille Rose 'hundred boys' panel, under supervision and at play within pavilion landscape punctuated by rocky outcrops and plantain trees, hardwood surround, 50 x 50cm approximately. 


Chinese 900 standard silver tea service - sold for £11,000 in our Fine Art Auction



An impressive six piece Chinese 900 standard silver tea service, by Wang Hing, Hong Kong, to include: salver; tea pot; coffee pot; kettle on stand (missing burner); sugar bowl and cream jug. 


Chinese lacquer figure of Guanyin – sold for £8,200



Fine Chinese lacquer figure of Guanyin, marked ''SHEN SHAO AN LANGKEE, FOOCHOW CHINA'', the goddess with flowing robes having her right hand raised and her left hand to her front holding a gilded bottle form vase, head turned slightly to her left with serene expression, standing on wave scroll base with flowerheads, height 38cm. PROVENANCE: Herbert Chatley, D.Sc., M.I.C.E., (1885-1955), thence by descent.


Chinese metal thread woven yellow silk cover - sold for £18,000 in the Fine Art Auction



Chinese metal thread woven yellow silk cover, with repeating design having discs forms with dragon holding flaming pearl amidst flame surrounds enclosed by cloud scrolls in red, blue, green and yellow (constructed using three repeating panel strips), late 19th/early 20th Century, 201 x 204cms



If you are interested in selling Asian art, Chinese vases, furniture or other items at auction, contact us on 0191 430 3000 to arrange a free pre-sale valuation or submit the details using our online valuation form.



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