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Asian Art & Antiques

Asian Art & Antiques

While Asia has a somewhat unified history, religion, philosophy, and culture, each country indisputably has its own art market along with a multitude of defining characteristics and individual customs and traditions that directly influence those markets. According to Noah Kupferman, Managing Director at Shapiro Auctions, there are “several collecting categories within Asian art that have certainly experienced torrid growth in terms of prices realized.” Those include Chinese ceramics, Chinese furniture, Himalayan sculpture, and Contemporary Indian and Southeast Asian paintings, he notes.

The Chinese Art Market

The art and antiques auction market in China has been one of the strongest growing worldwide since it emerged into the global art scene in the mid-2000s. The popularity of Chinese art and artifacts, including ceramics, bronze pieces, contemporary paintings, and snuff bottles, has driven the prices up at Asian art auctions dramatically.

The Japanese Art Market

Due to the erosion of the yen, Japanese artworks and antiques are also highly valued at auction today, especially armor, swords, and ceramics. While Japanese art encompasses a wide variety of different styles and eras, in general, the most common classical features and themes include Buddhism, shapes and decor elements based on nature, and spiritual imagery, while contemporary Japanese art often explores themes such as self-identity and finding fulfillment in a modern world.

Korean and Southeast Asian Art

Following the Asian financial crises of 1997, Korea became more open to the global marketplace and public interest in contemporary Korean art was piqued. Elsewhere, the Southeast Asian collector base also continues to grow, with contemporary Southeast Asian art quickly becoming sought after at auctions throughout the world.

Learn more from the Invaluable Guide to Buying Asian Art.

Recommended Items at Auction

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A BLUE AND WHITE VASE AND A TEA BOWL AND SAUCER Kangxi
Mar 10, 11:00 AM EDT
A BLUE AND WHITE VASE AND A TEA BOWL AND SAUCER Kangxi
by Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$8,6008 Bids
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Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) - Lot consisting of two woodcuts, Japan, Meiji period
Feb 21, 10:00 AM EST
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) - Lot consisting of two woodcuts, Japan, Meiji period
by Eldred's
Est: $120- $240
$2003 Bids
A BLUE AND WHITE SOFT PASTE PORCELAIN 'DRAGON' VASE Kangxi
Mar 10, 11:00 AM EDT
A BLUE AND WHITE SOFT PASTE PORCELAIN 'DRAGON' VASE Kangxi
by Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$1,3002 Bids
CHINESE ANTIQUE NANHONG PUMPKIN BEAD BRACELET
Aug 13, 2:30 PM EDT
CHINESE ANTIQUE NANHONG PUMPKIN BEAD BRACELET
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $65- $100
$1002 Bids
FOUR BLUE AND WHITE WARES Kangxi
Mar 10, 11:00 AM EDT
FOUR BLUE AND WHITE WARES Kangxi
by Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,0001 Bid
CHINESE 8 DZI BEAD NECKLACE, 3 EYES
Aug 13, 2:30 PM EDT
CHINESE 8 DZI BEAD NECKLACE, 3 EYES
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $130- $200
$1001 Bid
CHINESE WHITE JADE CARVING, PEANUT
Aug 13, 2:30 PM EDT
CHINESE WHITE JADE CARVING, PEANUT
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $40- $60
$1001 Bid
CHINESE WHITE JADE CARVING, OX HEAD
Aug 13, 2:30 PM EDT
CHINESE WHITE JADE CARVING, OX HEAD
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $40- $60
$1001 Bid
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A jade figure with drum ornament,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A jade figure with drum ornament,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
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A dragon patterned jade snuff bottle,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A dragon patterned jade snuff bottle,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2000 Bids
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A beast patterned Shoushan soapstone seal,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A beast patterned Shoushan soapstone seal,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids
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A figure carved red lacquer box,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A figure carved red lacquer box,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2000 Bids
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A dragon patterned jade hook,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A dragon patterned jade hook,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2000 Bids
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Framed Watercolour Painting
Mar 08, 10:00 AM EST
Framed Watercolour Painting
by Eldred's
Est: $60- $80
$50 Bids
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A jade figure with drum ornament,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A jade figure with drum ornament,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
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A dragon patterned jade snuff bottle,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A dragon patterned jade snuff bottle,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2000 Bids
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A beast patterned Shoushan soapstone seal,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
Mar 04, 10:00 AM EST
A beast patterned Shoushan soapstone seal,Qing Dynasty,China,Qing Dynasty,China
by Eldred's
Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Asian Art & Antiques


Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers

Figlio Designs Auctioneers and Appraisers

Eldred's

Eldred's

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Asté Maison de ventes

Asté Maison de ventes