Posted on: November 1, 2019

Asian Art in London : An Expert’s Insight

To mark the start of Asian Art Week in London, valuer and auctioneer Ashley Jones explains what it’s all about, what to look out for and selects a few of the upcoming Asian Art gems from our November auction.

‘Asian Art’ in London is the busiest event in the calendar for collectors, dealers and auction houses who specialise in Asian Art. The annual event unites the leading authorities and specialists in the Asian Art world, celebrating the expertise and excellence of craft in Asia. Spread over ten days, the event consists of evening lectures, private viewings, gala parties and champagne receptions across the City within the historic walls of the V&A, The British Museum and galleries alike.

You can expect to see a variety of items on display and available for sale, ranging from Mughal jewels to Japanese artefacts and Chinese silks to Korean porcelain – the list goes on! A few highlights include a collection of North Korean prints and lino-cuts at the V&A, the British Museum who among their regular collection are hosting an exhibition titled ‘Inspired by the East’, and of course the Leighton Museum, which is noted for its elaborate Orientalist and aesthetic interiors, is always worth a visit! 

However, the impact of Asian Art in London goes beyond the city itself and is celebrated in auction houses and museums up and down the country. Specialized auctions and collections of Asian Art are held around this week to accommodate for the thousands of enthusiasts and collectors flooding into the UK looking for a new addition to their collections. So, if you can’t make it to London, you can almost certainly sample a taste of the East by popping into your local auction house!

We are proud to have included in our upcoming Fine Art and Antique Auction an array of items derived from Asia. A few of my personal highlights include lot 476, a fabulous pair of Qianlong period octagonal chargers (estimated £300 – £500) and lot 505, an exquisitely glazed flambe vase bearing Qianlong seal mark (estimated £300 – £500). Some of the more unusual lots include lot 486, a bronze Goose incense burner in the Ming style (estimated £200 – £400), which certainly stands out, and the fascinating Indian gouaches on paper in lot 414, estimated at just £100 – £150.

If you have works of Asian Art that you’re thinking of selling, or for condition reports and additional images on any of the lots featured, please contact Ashley Jones on 01948 800 202 or email