Japanese erotic art

The chattering classes have just discovered the wonders of Japanese erotic art (some of us have been relishing it for decades). The posh Sunday papers have been full of it, together with the ‘quality’ dailies. What has prompted all this excitement are two exhibitions, one at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (tel: +44 (0) 1223 332900). It has the promising title of The Night of Longing: Love and Desire in Japanese Prints. It is running now and continues until January 12 2014.

Japanese shunga exhibition

The other exhibition is within the august portals of The British Museum, who, until comparatively recently, had a locked room full of such non-approved material. I once visited it to look at a pamphlet eagerly compiled by a late 18th century forbear of mine, Harris’s Directory of Covent Garden Ladies. Now the covers are off, so to speak, for Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art which started October 1 and runs until January 5 2014. According to the BM, the images on display were produced from 1600 to 1900 and banned in Japan for much of the 20th century. The explicit and beautifully detailed erotic paintings, prints and books inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, Rodin and Picasso.

Mostly created by the artists of the ukiyo-e or ‘floating world’ school, these popular works were known as shunga, – literally  ‘spring pictures’. They appealed to all classes in Japan for almost 300 years, and to men and women alike. Frequently tender and humorous, they celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms in brilliantly coloured paintings and prints, culminating with beautiful and explicit works by iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada.

Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. The exhibition sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history.

V&A Chinese painting exhibition

There will be a much heralded exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (the world’s largest museum) commencing on October 26 and running through until January 19 2014: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900. The exhibition is being brought over from Beijing. Tickets can be booked ahead on +44 (0) 20 7420 9736. The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title published by the V&A at £40.00 sterling. There is a modest saving of £5 being offered to visitors.

Online auctions for collectors of Chinese art

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online auctions1 Online auctions become ever more popular. Personally, I would not commit to purchases that I, or my trusted agent, have not handled but such auctions do often provide an opportunity for the odd cheap ‘scoop’. Here are some sales from UK-based online auctioneers. Caveat emptor!

In 2008, online service provider Artnet launched the world’s first major online art marketplace. In 2010, Chinese auction house China Guardian Auctions followed, setting up the first Chinese auction site, which sells everything from art to stamps to an autographed Lionel Messi polo shirt.

Major Western auction houses have started getting in on the online marketplace as well. Christie’s in 2006 began allowing users to watch auctions live and bid online. The company took virtual auctioning a step further by launching online-only auctions in 2011. Its first such event—a four-day sale of “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” that ran at the same time as a live auction at Christie’s New York—generated more than 57,000 bids and $9.5 million. The house has continue online-only auctions; last year it sold an original Apple-1 computer in an online sale for $387,750.

“The potential for growth for Christie’s [online] is exponential because of the number of active buyers and interested buyers,” Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy told The Wall Street Journal earlier this year. “Online provides us with the means of connection with them that is far more facile than bricks and mortars.”

It also remains to be seen whether a marketplace that is known to be overflowing with fakes can convince buyers of art that they’re getting the real deal.

“It’s hard for you pay tens of thousands dollars to buy a fine art piece without viewing it in person,” the former Christie’s Chinese art specialist said. “Above all, you need to know which work is real or not. Trust is very important.”

Most auction houses these days engage an outside company to broadcast their auctions ‘live’ as they happen, often with pictures as well as sound. As a result, a group of ‘middlemen’ has arisen and not only do they undertake the technical side of ‘live’ auctions but they also promote them on their own websites. They also promote other auctions which do not take place ‘live’ but which are timed, i.e. they have a closing time and date at which point the highest bidder gets the lot or lots he/she has bid for. Some other auctions are not public auctions in the traditional sense but just take place online.

There a number of places you might visit to find out what is going on in the sphere of online auctions:

www.invaluable.com

www.liveauctioneers.com

www.the-saleroom.com

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It is also worth having a look at a relatively new website AuctionMyStuff started by former Sotheby’s man Patrick van der Vorst with £100,000 seed capital from the two members of TV’s Dragons Den team of investors. It aims to be ‘approachable’ from the point of view of both buyers and sellers. Based in London, it draws on an international team of auctioneer-experts for the purpose of valuing and selling art and antiques.

Auctionata who have their base in Germany are very active. Have a look at www.Auctionata.com

Their 2014 auctions included Tibetan Art (January 17), and Asian Art (March 7).

September 2014 sees an important series of auctions:

September 4 Treasures of Asia

September 25 Buddhist and Indian art

September 26 Important Asian Art

and October30 Asian Art from Berlin (128 lots)

December 2014 sees a series of important online auctions at Auctionata

In the three livestream auctions ‘Exceptional Snuff Bottles from a Spanish Collection’ and ‘Important Chinese Furniture’ and ‘Important Asian Art’ on December 11 & 12, 2014, Auctionata will present outstanding pieces of Asian Art.

The first auction ‘Exceptional Snuff Bottles’ on December 11 at 6 PM CET will offer more than 60 rare snuff bottles from a private collection in Spain. The artfully crafted snuff bottles, which had been used for storing powdered tobacco since the early Qing Dynasty, are particularly impressive in their diversity of materials and designs.

The subsequent auction ‘Important Chinese Furniture’ at 8 PM CET will present rare Ming Dynasty furniture from the estate of a German diplomat. The outstanding highlight of this auction is an impressive Zitan Altar Table QIAOTOUAN from the 16th/17th century. Further highlights include a set of four Huanghuali armrest chairs, crafted in the 17th century, a 16th century Huanghuali altar table with floral carving and a rare Huanghuali daybed LUOHANCHUANG with original arm- and backrests, decorated with finely carved reliefs.

The auction ‘Important Asian Art’ on December 12 at 6 PM CET will then present works by important Chinese artists such as QI Baishi, LI Keran or GUAN Liang. One outstanding highlight of this auction is a private album of paintings from the estate of the well-known illustrator Werner Klemke (1917-1994) from East Berlin, which is filled with personal messages and spontaneous drawings by LI Keran, GUANG Liang, HE Tianjian and many other artists.

For more information, see the online catalogues:

‘Exceptional Snuff Bottles’ on December 11 at 6 PM CET

‘Important Chinese Furniture’ on December 11 at 8 PM

‘Important Asian Art’ on December 12 at 6 PM CET

 

London auctioneers 25 Blythe Road have online Asian Art sales.25blytheroad.com

London firm The Auction Room have some Asian items in various sales/ www.theauctionroom.com

McTears, Glasgow Gallery 1842 tend to sell unsold lots online after their advertised live auctions which can be accessed online as well as in the room.

Lauritz.com Denmark mounted the important Auction of Chinese Artifacts from the private collection of the Danish Collector Sophus Black  in March 2014. Follow them on www.lauritz.com

CJM Auction Centre, Scunthorpe Clocks, Pocket Watches & Oriental Porcelain View took place in April 2014. Sale was handled by bidspotter.co.uk.

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‘Asian Art in London’, Auctions

In London there are some very promising auctions during Asian Art in London, although, it seems to me, you would need the deepest of deep pockets to patronise all these events, not to mention the ability to make oneself available in duplicate to attend all the viewings, assess the offerings and then attend the sales. Of course, I realise that many buyers do not actually attend the sales but, instead, use dealers, the internet or the auction house to secure the purchases. Speaking personally, most of the fun for me is actually being there: the excitement of the chase, the adrenalin rush of bidding and the exhilaration of landing the catch, so to speak!

Bonhams, Knightsbridge, Chinese and other Works of Art, November 4
www.bonhams.com

Christies, St James’s Arts of the Carver: Chinese Works of Art from an Important European Collection November 5
www.christies.com

Christies, St James’s, Fine Chinese Works of Art, November 5
www.christies.com

Christies, South Kensington, Chinese Interiors, November 6
www.christies.com

Christies, South Kensington, Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles, November 6
www.christies.com

Sothebys, New Bond Street, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, November 6
www.sothebys.com

Bonhams, New Bond Street, Fine Chinese Art and Fine Japanese Art, November 7
www.bonhams.com

Dreweatts Bloomsbury Auctions, Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art, November 11 at 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP
www.dnfa.com, enquiries to info@dnfa.com or +44 (0) 20 7495 9494

Ivy Auctions, Gray’s Antique Centre W.1, Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, November 13. www.ivyauctions.co.uk or +44 (0) 20 7409 1047

Asian art auctions – UK Nationwide January-December 2017

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January 21 Semleys, Shaftesbury Art & Antiques (incl. Asian) www.semleyauctioneers.com

January 25 John Nicholson’s Auctions, Fernhurst Fine Oriental Works of Art

January 25-6 Hannams, Selborne Fine Art & Antiques (incl. Asian) www.hannamsauctioneers.com

January 26 Capes Dunn, Manchester Decorative Art, European & Oriental Ceramics & Glass www.capesdunn.com

January 26 McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk

February 21 Dreweatts, Newbury Interiors (incl. 60 Asian lots) www.dreweatts.com

February 23 Duke’s, Dorchester Ceramics, Glass & Furniture (includes 234 Asian lots) www.dukes-auctions.com

February 23-4 Hannams, Selborne Fine Art & Antiques (incl. Asian) www.hannamsauctioneers.com

February 28 Chiswick Auctions Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

March 1 Adam Partridge, Liverpool Antiques & Collectors’ Items with Oriental & Asian Works of Art www.adampartridge.co.uk

March 22 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com

March 22 Lyon and Turnbull, Edinburgh Asian Works of Art www.lyonandturnbull.com

March 30-31 Hannams, Selborne Fine Art & Antiques (incl. Asian) www.hannamsauctioneers.com

April 19 Capes Dunn, Manchester European & Oriental Ceramics, Glass and Ivories www.capesdunn.com

April 20 Tooveys, Sussex Asian & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com

April 26  Mallams, Cheltenham Chinese Art www.mallams.co.uk

April 26 John Nicholson’s Asian Art Collection from the Estate of Maurice Collis www.johnnicholsons.com

May 5 Hannams, Selborne Two Day Sale including 500 lots of Asian Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com

May 8 Bonhams, London Knightsbridge Asian Art www.bonhams.com

May 9 Sworders, Mountfitchet Asian Art www.sworder.co.uk

May 9  Lyon & Turnbull in London Scholars’ Rocks: Fine Asian Works of Art www.lyonandturnbull.com

May 10 Sotheby’s London Asian Art www.sothebys.com

May 11 Eastbourne Auctions Oriental Ceramics (part of 3 day sale) www.eastbourneauction.com

May 12 Christies South Kensington Asian Art www.christies.com

May 13 Coldingham Borders Auctions, Berwickshire Art, Antiques & Collectables including Asian www.coldinghambordersauctions.co.uk

May 13 Clarkes Auctions, Semley General Sale with Asian www.clarkesauctions.co.uk

May 13 Semleys, Wiltshire Asian Sale http://www.semleyauctioneers.com

May 15 Chiswick Auctions Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

May 16 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Newbury Asian Art www.dreweatts.com

May 16-17 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk

May 18 Dukes of Dorchester Asian Art www.dukes-auctions.com

May 18 Ewbanks, Surrey Asian Sale www.ewbankauctions.co.uk

May 24 25 Blythe Road, London European & Asian Art www.25blytheroad.com

June 27 Roseberys, London Asian Art www.roseberys.co.uk

June 28 Capes Dunn, Manchester European & Oriental Ceramics, Glass and Ivories www.capesdunn.com

July 12 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com

August 24 McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk

August 24 Hannams, Selborne Asian Art (part of general antiques sale) http://www.hannamsauctioneers.com

September 5 Chiswick Auctions Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

September 6 John Nicholson’s Fine Oriental Works of Art www.johnnicholsons.com

September 13 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh Asian Art www.lyonandturnbull.com

September 14 Dukes of Dorchester Ceramics, Asian Art, etc.www.dukes-auctions.com

September 14 Eastbourne Auctions Fine Art & Antique Sale (Oriental section) www.eastbourneauction.com

October 4 John Nicholson’s Oriental Sale www.johnnicholsons.com

October 5 Toovey’s, West Sussex Asian & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com

October 17 Kidson-Trigg Antiques, Art incl Asian www.kidsontrigg.co.uk

October 19 Tayler & Fletcher Antiques, Art incl Asian www.taylerandfletcher.co.uk

October 24 Chiswick Auctions Fine Oriental Sale www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

October 25 Mallams, Cheltenham Chinese Art (part of 2-day Asian sale) www.mallams.co.uk

November 6-7 Bonhams London Asian Art www.bonhams.com

November 7 Christie’s London, Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art www.christies.com

November 8 Lyon & Turnbull, London Asian Works of Art www.lyonandturnbull.com

November 8 Sotheby’s London Important Chinese Art www.sothebys.com

November 8 John Nicholsons Oriental Art www.johnnicholsons.com

November 9 Bonhams, London Fine Chinese Art www.bonhams.com

November 9 Bellmans Art, Antiques incl. Asian Art www.bellmans.co.uk

November 9 Ewbank’s Asian Art www.ewbankauctions.co.uk

November 13 Chiswick Auctions London Fine Chinese Paintings & Asian Art I www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

November 14 Chiswick Auctions Asian Art II www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

November 14 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art http://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk

November 14 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Newbury Asian Art www.dreweatts.com

November 14 Kidson-Triggg Including Asian www.kidsontrigg.co.uk

November 15 Dreweatts Chinese & European Ceramics & Glass www.dreweatts.com

November 16 Dukes of Dorchester Asian Art www.dukes-auctions.com

November 16  McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art mctears.co.ukco.uk

November 16 Cheffins, Cambridge The Oriental Sale www.cheffins.co.uk

November 22 Halls, Shrewsbury Asian Art www.hallsgb.com

November 22 Matthew Barton European & Asian Works of Art www.matthewbartonltd.com

November 29 Chiswick Auctions Fine Oriental Carpets & Rugs www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

November 30 Toovey’s Sale incl Asian Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com

December 5 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com

December 5 Roseberys London Asian Art www.roseberys.co.uk

December 19 Hansons, Derbyshire Antiques, etc. including Asian www.hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

 

January – November 2016 Diary Dates January 12  McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art  www.mctears.co.uk January 20 Bearnes, Hampton, Littlewood, Exeter Oriental & European Ceramics & Glass www.bhandl.co.uk January 22/3  John Nicholsons, Fernhurst Oriental & Fine Antiques www.johnnicholsons.com January 24 Semley Auctioneers, Shaftesbury Oriental & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.semleyauctioneers.com January 26  Capes Dunn, Heaton Mersey, Cheshire European & Oriental Ceramics & Glass www.capesdunn.com January 27 Hannam’s, Selborne Oriental Works of Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com February 18-19 Dukes of Dorchester An Important European Private Collection, Ceramics, Asian Art & Furniture www.dukes-auctions.com February 18-19 Hannam’s, Selborne Fine Antiques & Collectables  A general sale but with more than 200 Chinese lots www.hannamsauctioneers.com February 19 John Nicholsons, Fernhurst Oriental Sale www.johnnicholsons.com February 23-4 Dreweatts Donnington Priory Interiors Includes more than 100 Chinese lots www.dreweatts.com February 23 Chiswick Auctions, London Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk February 23 Gorringes Interiors & Art Many Chinese lots www.gorringes.co.uk February 25 Tooveys, West Sussex Asian & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com March 18 John Nicholsons, Fernhurst Oriental Sale www.johnnicholsons.com March 22 Lyon & Turnbull at Edinburgh rooms Fine Asian Works of Art www.lyonand turnbull.com March 23  Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com April 7  Cheffins, Cambridge Oriental Sale www.cheffins.co.uk April 21 Tooveys, West Sussex Asian & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com April 27 John Nicholson’s Haslemere Oriental Sale www.johnnicholsons.com April 27/8 Mallams, Cheltenham Chinese, Indian, Islamic and Japanese art www.mallams.co.uk April 28/9 Hannams, Selborne Asian Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com

May 9 Bonhams Knightsbridge, London Asian Art www.bonhams.com

May 10  Sworders, Stansted Asian Art www.sworder.co.uk

May 10 Christie’s King Street Chinese Art www.christies.com

May 11 Sotheby’s New Bond St London Chinese Art www.sothebys.com

May 11 Halls, Kidderminster Shropshire Asian Sale www.hallsgb.com

May 12 Bonhams New Bond St London Fine Chinese Art www.bonhams.com

May 11/13 Christie’s South Kensington Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles www.christies.com

May 14 Railtons Wooler Northumberland Antiques Sale features 52 Chinese lots www,jimrailton.com

May 14 Semley Auctioneers, Shaftesbury Asian Art www.semleyauctioneers.com

May 16 Chiswick Auctions, London Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

May 17 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art www.dreweatts.com

May 17/18 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk

May 20 Duke’s Auctioneers, Dorchester Asian Art www.dukes-auctions.com

May 24 25 Blythe Road Auctions, London European & Asian Works of Art www.25blytheroad.com

May 25  Gorringes, Lewes Asian Art www.gorringes.co.uk

May 25 Chorleys, Gloucester Asian Works of Art www.chorleys.com

May 31 McTears, Glasgow Asian Sale www.mctears.co.uk

June 21 Lyon & Turnbull at Crosshall Manor, Cambs. Fine Asian Art www.lyonand turnbull.com

June 21 Bonhams Knightsbridge Home & Interiors including Asian Art (144 lots) www.bonhams.com

June 29 John Nicholson’s, Haslemere Oriental Auction www.johnnicholsons.com

June 29 Roseberys London Asia: the art of symbolism www.roseberys.co.uk

June 30 Dreweatts, Donnington Priory Interiors (48 Asian lots) www.dreweatts.com

July 13 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com

August 9 McTears, Glasgow Asian Sale www.mctears.co.uk

August 11 Cheffins, Cambridge Oriental Sale www.cheffins.co.uk

August 23 Dreweatts, Donnington Priory Interiors (to include Oriental section) www.dreweatts.com

August 25 Hannams, Selborne Fine Antiques & Oriental Works of Art www.hannams.auctioneers.com

September 2 John Nicholson’s Fine Oriental Works of Art www.johnnicholsons.com

September 6 Chiswick Auctions Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

September 14 Plymouth Auction Rooms Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art www.plymouthauctions.co.uk

September 28-30 Bamfords, Derby Fine Art & Antique Sale (includes 200 lots of Asian art) www.bamfords-auctions.co.uk

Sdeptember 29-30 Hannams, Selborne Fine European & Oriental Works of Art (400 Oriental lots) www.hannamsauctioneers.com

October  6 Tooveys Asian & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com

October 25 Dreweatts Castle Donnington Interiors (120 Asian lots) www.dreweatts.com

October 26 & 27 Mallams, Cheltenham Chinese, Japanese, Indian & Islamic Art www.mallams.co.uk

November 1 Capes Dunn, Manchester European & Oriental Ceramics, Glass & Ivories www.capesdunn.com

November 2 Bellmans, Winchester Asian Art www.bellmans.co.uk

November 3 Adam Partridge, Cheshire Asian Art www.adampartridge.co.uk

November 3 Hannams, Selborne Oriental & European Works of Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com

November 4 McTears Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk

November 5 Andrew Smith & Son, Winchester Asian Ceramics & Works of Art www.andrewsmithandson.com

November 7 Bonhams Knightsbridge, London Asian Art www.bonhams.com

November 8 Lyon & Turnbull in London at Asia House Fine Works of Asian Art www.lyonandturnbull.com

November 9 Christies South Kensington Chinese Ceramics, Art & Textiles www.christies.com

November 9 Sothebys London Chinese Art www.sothebys.com

November 9 Gorringes, Lewes Asian Art www.gorringes.co.uk

November 9 Halls, Shrewsbury Asian Art www.hallsgb.com/fineart

November 10 Bonhams New Bond Street, Fine Chinese Art www.bonhams.com

November 10 Ewbanks Asian & Eastern Art www.ewbankauctions.co.uk

November 10 Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions Antiques including Asian & Oriental Works of Art www.trscottishauctions.com

November 11-12 John Nicholson’s, Surrey Asian incl. Max Lowenson Collection (November 11) www.johnnicholsons.com

November 12 Semley Auctioneers Oriental & Islamic Ceramics www.semleyauctioneers.com

November 14 Chiswick Auctions London Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk

November 14 Kidson Trigg Oriental Auction www.kidsontrigg.co.uk/auction

November 15 Bonhams Knightsbridge Home & Interiors including Asian Art www.bonhams.com

November 15 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Castle Donnington Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art www.dnfa.com

November 15/16 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk

November 16 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com

November 17 Cheffins, Cambridge Oriental Sale www.cheffins.co.uk

November 18 Dukes, Dorchester Asian Art www.dukes.com

November 23 Matthew Barton at 25 Blythe Road, London Asian Works of Art www.matthewbartonltd.com

November 24 Stride & Son, Chichester Oriental Ceramics & Works of Art www.stridesauctions.co.uk

November 25 Thomson, Roddick & Medcalf, Edinburgh Antiques including Oriental Art www.thomsonroddick.com

November 29 Sworders, Stansted Asian Art www.sworder.co.uk    

December 1 Toovey’s Asian & Islamic Ceramics & Works of Art www.tooveys.com

December 7 Roseberys London Asian Art www.roseberys.co.uk

December 7 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury London Oriental Manuscripts & Miniatures www.bloomsburyauctions.com

December 9 McTears Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk

December 13 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Castle Donnington Asian Ceramics, Furniture & Works of Art www.dnfa.com

 

 

PAST June to December 2015 Diary Dates July 7 McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk July 8 Bonhams Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com July 14 Bonhams, Oxford British & European Ceramics, Glass and Asian Art www.bonhams.com July 30 Dukes of Dorchester Ceramics, Asian Art & Furniture www.dukes-auctions.com September 1 Chiswick Auctions, London Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk September 15 McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk September 23 Bonhams Knightsbridge Asian Art www.bonhams.com October 21 Mallams, Cheltenham Asian & Islamic Art www.mallams.co.uk October 30 Hannams, Selborne, Hants Fine Oriental Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com November 3 Capes Dunn, Manchester Oriental & European Ceramics & Glassware www.capesdunn.com November 5 Ewbanks, Send, Surrey Asian & Eastern Art www.ewbankauctions.co.uk November 5-6 John Nicholson’s Oriental Auction www.johnnicholsons.com November 9 Bonhams Knightsbridge Asian Art www.bonhams.com November 10 Sworders Mountffitchet, Stansted Asian Art www.sworder.co.uk November 10 Christie’s King Street, London Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art www.christies.com November 11 Christie’s South Kensington, London Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art www.christies.com November 11 Sothebys London Classical Chinese Furniture from a European Private Collection www.sothebys.com November 11 Sothebys London Important Chinese Art www.sothebys.com November 11 Halls, Kidderminster Asian Art www.hallsgb.com November 12 Dukes of Dorchester Asian Art www.dukes-auctions.com November 12 Bonhams, London New Bond Street Fine Chinese Art www.bonhams.com November 12 Cheffins, Cambridge The Oriental Sale www.cheffins.co.uk November 13 Christie’s South Kensington Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art www.christies.com November 16 Dreweatts Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art www.dreweatts.com November 16 Sworders Asian Art www.sworder.co.uk November 16 The Swan at Tetsworth Asian Art www.theswan.co.uk November 17 McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.com November 17/18 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk November 18 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art www.bonhams.com November 18 Peter Francis Auctioneers, Carmarthen Antiques & Fine Art To include Chinese ceramics www.peterfrancis.co.uk November 25-26 Mellors & Kirk Fine Art Sale Includes Asian Art www.mellorsandkirk.com December 1 Lyon & Turnbull (Edinburgh) at Crosshall Manor, Cambridgeshire Fine Asian Works of Art www.lyonandturnbull.co.uk December 9 Dreweatts Donnington Priory, Newbury Pictures, Asian & European Ceramics, Furniture and Works of Art www.dreweatts.com December 11 Hannams, Selborne, Hants Fine European & Oriental Works of Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com   January to June 2015 Diary Dates January 6 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Newbury, Berks Pictures, Ceramics & Asian Works of Art www.dreweatts.com January 20 Capes Dunn & Co., Manchester European & Oriental Ceramics, Works of Art and Glass www.capesdunn.com January 21 John Nicholson’s, Haslemere, Surrey Oriental Sale www.johnnicholsons.com January 23 Hannam’s, Selborne Fine Oriental & European Works of Art www.hannamsauctioneers.com January 24 Semley Auctioneers, Shaftesbury, Dorset Oriental & Islamic Ceramics and Works of Art (part sale) www.semleyauctioneers.com February 10 Chiswick Auctions, London Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk February 17 McTears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art www.mctears.co.uk February 19-20 Duke’s, Dorchester Ceramics, Asian Art and Furniture www.dukes-auctions.com Part Asian sale February 25 Gorringes, Lewes Fine Art, Antiques & Collactables (160 Chinese lots in a large 2-day general sale) www.gorringes.co.uk February 25 Bonhams, Knightsbridge Asian Art www.bonhams.com February 26 Dominic Winter, Cirencester Oriental Ceramics & Jade, Tribal & Sailor art, Silver, Jewellery & Furniture Part Asian sale www.dominicwinter.co.uk February 26 Tooveys, West Sussex Asian Art www.tooveys.com March 4-5 John Nicholson’s, Haslemere Oriental Two-Day Sale www.johnnicholsons.com March 6 Hannam’s, Selborne Fine Oriental & European Works of Art  www.hannamsauctioneers.com March 25 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art  www.bonhams.com/locations/EDI/ March 26 Cheffins, Cambridge Oriental Sale www.cheffins.co.uk April 23 Tooveys, West Sussex Asian Art www.tooveys.com April 30 Mallams, Cheltenham Asian, Oriental & Islamic Works of Art www.mallams.co.uk May 5 2015 Chiswick Auctions, London Asian Art www.chiswickauctions.co.uk May 15 Dukes of Dorchester, Asian Art www.dukes-auctions.com May 19 Sworders, Stansted Mountfitchet Asian Art www.sworder.co.uk May 20/21 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk May 29 Adam Partridge, Macclesfield Asian Works of Art & Musical Instruments An interesting combination sale   www.adampartridge.co.uk June 5 Hannams, Selborne, Hants Fine European & Oriental Works of Art  www.hannamsauctioneers.com June 10 John Nicholson’s, Haslemere Oriental Auction www.johnnicholsons.com June 15/16   Lyon & Turnbull, Crosshall Manor, St Neots, Cambridgeshire Asian Sale www.lyonandturnbull.com June 24 Gorringes, Lewes, Sussex Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables (including more than 300 lots of Asian art, mainly Chinese) www.gorringes.com   Past Auctions 2014 Winter-Spring 2014 January 21 Kidson-Trigg Auctioneers, Swindon, Wiltshire  Specialist Oriental and Silver, Jewellery, Objets d’Art & Collectables February 5 Gorringes, Lewes, Sussex  Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables (includes more than 100 Chinese lots) February 13 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh Asian Art February 19 Bonhams, London Knightsbridge Asian Art February 19-20 John Nicholson Auctioneers, Haslemere, Surrey Oriental Sale February 27  Tooveys, Worthing, Sussex Asian and Islamic Ceramics and Works of Art February 28 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Donnington Priory Silver (not a Chinese specific sale but there are 13 Lots of Chinese silver) March 4 McTears Glasgow Asian Art March 7 British Bespoke Auctions, Winchcombe, Glos., Oriental Sale March 8 Paul Beighton Auctioneers, Rotherham Antique, Fine Art & Decorative (approx. 170 Asian lots) March 12 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Donnington Priory Interiors and Asian Works of Art March 20 Thomson Roddick, Edinburgh Antiques and Oriental and Asian Works of Art (includes approx. 100 Asian items) March 26 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art March 27 Cheffins, Cambridge Oriental Sale April 2 John Nicholson’s, Haslemere, Surrey Oriental Sale April 15 Kidson-Trigg Auctioneers, Swindon, Wiltshire Oriental Sale April 24  Tooveys, Worthing, Sussex Oriental Sale April 29 Sworders, Stansted Mountfitchet Asian Art April 30 Mallams, Cheltenham Asian, Oriental & Islamic Art May 12 Bonhams London, Knightsbridge Asian Art May 13 Christie’s, King Street London Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art and The C Philip Cardeiro Collection of Chinese Art May 13 Mctears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art May 14 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Donnington Priory Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art May 15 Bonhams London, New Bond Street, Fine Chinese Art May 16 Christie’s South Kensington, Chinese May 21/22 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, Wiltshire  Specialist Chinese & Japanese Works of Art May 22/23 Chorleys, Gloucester Asian Sale May 29 Ewbank’s, Send, Surrey, Chinese, Japanese, and Eastern Works of Art, Ceramics, Costumes & Textiles May 31 Paul Beighton Auctioneers, Rotherham Antique Furniture, Fine Art & Decorative Objects A general 2-day sale with some 114 lots of Chinese interest on Day 1     June-December 2014 Diary Dates June 4 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh Asian Art June 12 Thomson Roddick, Edinburgh Antiques & Works of Art Includes Oriental section June 19  Tooveys, Worthing, Sussex  Oriental Sale July 2 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art July 2 John Nicholson Auctioneers, Haslemere Oriental Art July 15 Kidson-Trigg, Swindon Specialist Oriental Sale July 22 Mctears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art August 14  Tooveys, Worthing, Sussex  Oriental Sale September 3 Crow’s Art Gallery, Dorking Asian & Islamic Art September 11 Bonhams London, Knightsbridge Asian Art September 5 Hannam’s, Selborne, Hants. Fine Oriental & European Works of Ar September 30 Mctears, Glasgow Asian Works of Art October 8 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Newbury Asian Art, Paintings, Prints, Ceramics & Clocks October 9 Cheffins, Cambridge Oriental Sale October 14 Kidson-Trigg, Swindon Specialist Oriental Sale October 14 High Road Auctions, Chiswick Antiques, Fine Art & Collectables, to include a private collection of Chinese Works of Art October 14 Capes Dunn & Co, Manchester European & Oriental Ceramics, Works of Art & Glass October 22 Mallams, Cheltenham Asian, Oriental & Islamic Asian Art in London Series November 3 Bonhams London, Knightsbridge Asian Art November 4 Christie’s, South Kensington London Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art November 5 Sotheby’s London, New Bond Street Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art November 5 Halls Fine Art, Battllefield, Shrewsbury Asian Art Sale November 5-6 Brightwells, Leominster Autumn Two Day Fine Art Sale includes The Julia Gibbons Chinese Art Collection (57 items) November 6 Bonhams, London New Bond Street Fine Chinese Art, The Roy Davids Collection of Chinese Ceramics November 7 Christie’s South Kensington, London Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles   November 7 The Cheshire Saleroom, Macclesfield Chinese, Japanese & Eastern Works of Art November 10 Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Chinese Ceramics and Asian Works of Art November 11 Sworders, Stansted Mountfitchet Asian Art November 11 Kidson-Trigg, Swindon Specialist Oriental Sale November 12/13 Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury Asian Art November 14 Dukes, Dorchester Asian Art November 19 Bonhams, Edinburgh Asian Art December 2 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh Fine Asian Works of Art To be held at Crosshall Manor, St Neots December 3 Hansons Auctioneers, Etwall, Derbyshire Winter Fine Art Sale to include approx. 50 pieces of Chinese jade from Masalski collection December 4 Tooveys, Worthing, Sussex Asian & Islamic Ceramics and Works of Art December 9 Mctears Glasgow, Asian Works of Art December 10/11 John Nicholson’s, Haslemere Two Day Oriental Sale December 18 Wellers, Chertsey, Surrey Silver and Oriental Auction

Lyon & Turnbull Asian art sale

Lyon & Turnbull Asian auction (1)

Edinburgh-based auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull hold their next Asian Art Sale on December 11. They have been touring Scotland and the north of England in search of treasures for the sale. They are particularly enthusiastic with their recent find in the Highlands: this pair of celadon-ground and iron-red ‘Phoenix’ medallion bowls (with Daoguang seal marks and of the period), estimated at £3,000-5,000 and illustrated above.

The next leg of the valuation tour will take the specialists to the Borders, followed by Cumbria and Northumberland from the 16th to the 18th October 2013.

 If you are located in this area and would like a free, no-obligation valuation, get in touch to see whether your Asian furniture, ceramics or works of Art could be included.

The sale will contain more than 100 pieces of jade from the Deryck Hulbert collection.

Asian Art in London 2013

Asian Art in London

The major event on the calendar of anyone in the business has to be Asian Art in London 2013 which runs from Thursday October 31 until Saturday November 9. There is a myriad of events embracing specially organised exhibitions, talks, auctions, open nights and parties. Last year’s event was judged an enormous success and this year’s promises well with a packed programme.

Full details are available at www.asianartinlondon.com and email enquiries can be directed to info@asianartinlondon.com. It might be worth telephoning +44 (0) 20 7499 2215 (or emailing) to request a hard copy of the rather attractive guidebook. You can, of course, download it from the website but I am old fashioned enough to appreciate holding it in my hand!

Amber – the latest target of Chinese buyers

Antique Chinese amber

According to TheSaleRoom.com:

Amber has joined jade, ivory, coral and rhinoceros horn among the list of much-revered materials that convey meaning and great status in Chinese culture.

The past 12 months, in which an amber necklace has moved from £200 to £2000 or more has been a steep learning curve for many in the jewellery trade

Amber beads (most are used to make strings of prayer beads) are assessed not just in terms of colour and size but also by density, opacity and the degree of enhancement.

In short, much of what passes for amber on the market has been subject to thermal modification (or is in fact Bakelite). Even bonded amber, that combines pieces of natural amber with a colourless binding agent, behaves in much the same way as pure amber under standard scratch tests so a familiarity with the appearance and weight of a good stone is everything.

Mallams auctioneers recent sales in Oxford and Cheltenham highlighted what buyers go for. One Far Eastern buyer paid £4600 apiece for two strings, both egg yolk to butterscotch in colour, largely opaque and showing little sign of enhancement. Contrast this with the much lower sums realised for necklaces made from reconstituted stone.

The Future of the Market for Chinese Art

SONY DSC  Many years ago, rather more than I care to remember, there was a game show on UK television which climaxed with ‘The $64,000 Question’. Of course, in those days, the late fifties, $64,000 was an incredible sum of money, way beyond the dreams of all but the most affluent. Today, that sort of sum, spent at auction, possibly would fail to secure, say, a good Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup or a decent piece of Yongzheng porcelain.

Over the last ten years, the market has, in the parlance of the popular press, ‘boomed’. At the moment it is fashionable to predict the bursting of the so-called ‘bubble’. It is said that not only can the giddy rise in prices no longer be sustained, but that an actual collapse is imminent. Although this makes good copy for journalists (I used to be one myself and can smell a good story), I do not believe such rash assertions are built upon any real knowledge of the marketplace.

Around the turn of this century, I lived and worked in Shanghai. From my office window on the 82nd floor of the Wenxin Tower I could observe the meteoric development of the Pudong district, which was nothing but a treacherous marsh in the early ‘90s. Skyscrapers sprouted around as fast as vegetables might do in a relatively cool climate: one nearby skyscraper was completed just eight months after the demolition of the preceding traditional longtang houses.  The evidence of China’s economic boom was visible all around me. And, at the end of every month, I counted a small mountain of clearly freshly printed reminbi notes. It never occurred to me that this was anything but a genuine boom. Ten years later, my view has hardly changed.

Growth has been steadily sustained. There are now some one billion three hundred and sixty million  Chinese caught up in the boom. As yet, there are relatively few of them with an interest in buying back their porcelain, pictures and furniture. The few who have been thus engaged represent the tip of a rather large iceberg. As that was realised in recent years, the market for more pedestrian items visibly softened as quick profits turned out to be illusory. However, the market for the very best examples has skyrocketed. The market will continue to change: the best will always command ever increasing prices. But good examples of things not currently valued particularly highly are certain, in my view, also to join in on the boom

Why? There are many reasons. It is a truism to say there is a vast number of Chinese. Very few, thus far, have been involved in buying art. But, most significantly, an affluent middle class is emerging. By and large, it still has to develop a taste for Chinese objets. They have been out of reach for more than half a century (and, indeed, many millions of family heirlooms were wantonly destroyed thirty or forty years ago through the excesses of the Red Guard). It will not be long before tens of millions of newly affluent Chinese develop the same taste as their better off counterparts, higher up the economic ladder. When that happens, what we now regard as fairly everyday items of 19th century porcelain, for example, will see staggering increases in value.

That development of taste will not just occur as a result of education, publicity and publication and a search for heritage and roots, but increased affluence will, let me say, result in a certain desire to disguise new wealth. The spending of a substantial amount of money on a Kangxi pot or a Quianlong charger may be regarded not just as an investment, but as the perfect way to disguise monies otherwise too easily assailable in a bank account.

As ever, condition of porcelain, furniture or paintings will be crucial in assessing value but the net will be cast ever wider over the next decade.

Paul Harris

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