Tag Archives: Chinese antiques

The Allure of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain

Chinese blue and white porcelain has an appealing charm that has long been recognized among art collectors and ceramics aficionados. Many elements contribute to this, but the most prominent would be the cobalt blue color. In China, the use of blue pigment on ceramics began as early as the late Tang dynasty. Still, it was not until the late Yuan dynasty that blue and white porcelain gained popularity, and production started in sizable quantities.… Read More

$1.6M Chinese Vase from a New England Home Leads Skinner Asian Works of Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – June 19, 2020. The Skinner June auction presenting the arts of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century was a resounding success. Robust participation from top international collectors and dealers on material from estates and collections long off the market resulted in prolonged competitive bidding and a $2.5M auction

“The success of this recent Asian auction is testament to the valuable work Skinner does helping families realize top market potential for their tangibles,” says Skinner CEO, Karen M.… Read More

The Enduring Beauty of Tomb Pottery

It is often said that Chinese collectors are loath to buy works from tombs for fear of disturbing the spirits of their ancestors. In fact, nothing is further from the truth. Throughout millennia, farmers relished digging for buried objects found in countless surrounding tombs, as much as they did digging for their crops. Until recent laws passed by the Chinese government prohibiting the sale of burial objects, the market for this material was lucrative.Read More

Arts of Asia the Focus of the Skinner September 14 Auction

Pair of Spinach Green Covered Vessels, China (Lot 335, Estimate: $50,000-70,000)

BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 28, 2019 – Skinner’s Asian Works of Art auction will be held on Saturday, September 14 in Boston. Featuring over 550 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Offerings include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics; Chinese jades, Chinese textiles; Buddhist bronzes and carvings; Chinese and Korean paintings; Tibetan thangkas; Chinese scholar’s objects and furniture, and a selection of important reference books.… Read More

Chinese Cloisonne Charger Hits $315,000 at Skinner

BOSTON, MA – March 25, 2019. The Skinner March 22nd Asian Works of Arts auction presented the arts of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia dating from Neolithic times through the 20th century. Featured were examples of Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Property from estates and collections long off the market showed their strength with many examples selling above estimate pushed by competitive bidding from international and domestic bidders in the room, on the telephones, and via live internet bidding resulting in a sale 90% sold by value.… Read More

On the Surface: Monochrome Glazes and Bubble Structure in Chinese Ceramics

Chinese monochrome-glazed ceramics have been attracting western collectors since the 18th century. The collecting frenzy was ignited by the French and soon followed by the Americans of the Gilded Age. For the immensely varied hues spanning the whole color spectrum from white to black, monochrome ceramics were collected and used as a vibrant design element to decorate their chateaux, mansions, and hotels. Many terms have been coined to indicate the Chinese glazes, such as ‘ding ware’ for the creamy white; ‘blanc-de-Chine’ for the ivory white; ‘celadon’ for the grayish-green; ‘sang-de-boeuf’ for the deep red; ‘peachbloom’ for the soft pastel pink; ‘clair-de-lune’ for the delicate pale blue; and ‘Imperial yellow’ for the egg-yolk yellow; to list a few.… Read More

Skinner Offers Asian Art from Private Collections at Auction on March 22, 2019

Boston, MA – March 4, 2019 – Skinner presents an Asian Works of Art auction featuring 500 lots of Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian art and antiques. Coinciding with Asia Week New York, the sale features five important private collections: Chinese monochrome ceramics, Gandharan and Sino-Tibetan Buddhist sculpture, Japanese Satsuma ware, and Chinese textiles. Collected over an extended period, each illustrates the highly selective tastes of the collector.… Read More

The Monumental Coromandel Kuancai Screen

Skinner is privileged to offer a monumental twelve-panel Coromandel kuancai lacquer screen (Lot 523) on March 19 at the Asian Works of Art auction in Boston. More than 8 feet high and 21 feet wide, the screen is majestic in appearance and awe-inspiring for it’s complexity in composition as well as it’s precision in depicting mythological scenes with numerous immortal deities and all varieties of flora and fauna. Such themes in meticulous details on giant lacquer screens were in fashion and widely popular during the Kangxi period (1661-1772) in China.… Read More

Skinner Sets U.S. Record for Chinese Art with $24.7 Million Sale of a Qing Dynasty Vase

BOSTON, MA – September 23, 2014 – A monumental Fencai Imperial Qing Dynasty vase auctioned for $24.7 million at Skinner on September 17th, topping all sales of Chinese works of art in the U.S. and setting a record as the top grossing lot ever sold in New England. The Skinner Asian Works of Art auction coincided with Asia Week, and this vase surpassed all other objects sold during the event.

An intensely focused and enthusiastic crowd packed the auction room, and most rose to their feet as the vase soared past the $10 million mark.… Read More

September 12 | Asian Art Preview in New York City

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12-7 PM

Join us for an auction preview during the New York fall Asia Week. View a selection of Chinese art to be offered at the Asian Works of Art auction on September 17, 2014.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Culture Center 410 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10024

Asian Works of Art

Auction Information

NOTE: Only bidders who have received prior approval from the Accounting Department will be eligible to bid on Lot 96 in Auction 2751B.

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