The department of Asian Works of Art presents itself as one of the leading ones within the auction house and it's increasingly generating interest among both the vast Chinese clientele - focused on seeking for objects and artefacts of their own tradition - and the Western one, fascinated by the rarity and refinement of the selected works.

Such result has been achieved by experts thanks to an accurate study of the styles and a meticulous selection of works never seen on the market, coming from important private collections. Porcelains, jades, corals, ivories, lacquers, but also sculptures, furniture and paintings with rich ornaments, are thus precious protagonists  of the catalogue.

Among the memorable awards which have marked the importance of the department, we can include a magnificent 'ruyi' sceptre in Celadon jade of XVIII century, sold for € 212,5000; an important zitan wood table screen of the Qianlong period, sold for € 262,500; a monochrome porcelain Moonflask of the Qianlong period, sold for € 287,500; and an extremely refined vertical scroll titled 'Chicks' by the renowned Chinese master Qi Bashi, sold for € 137,500.

"An exciting week for Il Ponte, which collects positive results from its journey across antiquities and remote lands [...] with a triumphant 70% of lots sold and 170% of increase on the sales value. The market for oriental works of art, where quality stands out», states Andrea Cesati, Head of the Department of Asian Works of Art, «confirms itself as brilliant notwithstanding such peculiar times. Demand towards this type of works is confirmed as very high»."

Exibart | 20th October 2020


Auction 26 April 2021 | Excellent provenances and artworks never before seen on the market behind the success of Il Ponte's Asian Works of Art Auction

The Asian Works of Art sale, held on 26 April 2021, marks the second week of auctions at Palazzo Crivelli. Following the success of the other sectors in recent days, it proves to be very dynamic and reactive.

A total sold of € 390.000, 78% of sold lots and 317% of increase in value confirm the excellent result obtained thanks to the presence in the catalogue of numerous unpublished works from private collections, highly attractive for many new customers, especially on the online platform.

The artworks' provenances characterised the extremely attractive offer to both national and cross-border demand, consolidating and expanding the Asian buyer pool and winning over new ones in various European countries, first and foremost England.

Expectations were also confirmed for the auction top lots, which characterized the most intense moments of the bidding: the large Guanyin seated on a lotus flower and dated Ming dynasty (lot 1643, sold € 106.250), followed by a series of significant awards in the field of vases, among which stand out the revolving vase in porcelain Famille Rose with apocryphal Qianlong mark (lot 1532, sold € 23.750) and the large pair of vases with motif of peacocks and pheasants among peonies and peach branches (lot 1518, sold € 16.250). Still referring to the porcelains, two plates decorated with the motif of the "hundred bats" bearing the Guangxu trademark (lot 1576, sold at € 22.500) are of great importance.

The echo of the great empires resonates with the figure of Avalokitesvara with four arms in gilded bronze, sitting on a double lotus flower and holding a vajra (lot 1635, sold at € 16,250), while moving towards the "Rising Sun" we find the six-panel screen on a gold background, Japan, 19th century (lot 1550, sold at € 12.500).

Inevitable in every catalogue are jades carved with refinement and mastery, such as the mottled grey-green jade censer with poetic inscriptions, China 17th century (lot 1640, sold € 10.625).


Video Preview | Asian Works of Art 26 April 2021

A preview by Linzy Hu, Asian Works of Art Department Oriental Customer Service, presenting the intriguing proposals from the catalogue of the upcoming sale of 26 April 2021