Chinese Art Consignment
In an ever-changing market, it is more important now than ever to have the most up-to-date information at hand. Sotheby’s is at the forefront of this dynamic market as international leaders for Chinese art, and our team of specialists is at your disposal to provide you with candid advice, market insight and appraisals.
Sotheby’s is the leading international auction house for sales of Chinese Art. In 2020, our global Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department has offered more than 3,300 rare porcelains, jades, sculptures, bronzes and other works of art spanning 4,000 years of Chinese history. This year we have held a total of 23 live and online auctions across 3 continents which together realized over $193 million USD for our consigners. Enthusiastic bidding from collectors based in Asia, Europe and the Americas drove exceptional results which established the top 6 record prices for Chinese works of art sold so far this year on the international market.
To learn about the value of your Chinese antique, simply submit images and information through our easy-to-use online estimate form. Our global team of specialists will review your submission and issue preliminary estimates for items that can be included in our sales. By consigning your Chinese antique to Sotheby’s, you are entrusting your Chinese art to the auction house that holds 21 world records for Asian art and has a strong record of selling works well above their estimates, on average realizing over 180% of the pre-sale estimate per lot over the past decade. Want to speak to us? Please find below contact phone numbers for each of our international specialist departments.
How Sotheby’s Became the Undisputed Leader in Chinese Works of Art
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my Chinese antique?Throughout the year, fine Chinese art and antiquities are continually in demand by collectors and connoisseurs. With sales happening year-round, Sotheby's is always available to help you sell your Chinese antique. Submit your object for a complimentary estimate valuation of your vase, bronze, lacquer or other object.
- How much is my Chinese antique worth?Sotheby's has sold some of the rarest Chinese antiques for record-breaking prices and our international team of specialists has decades of experience in valuing and selling the finest vases, bronzes, statues and other Chinese objects. Our specialists take many variables into account when determining the estimate for your Chinese antique, including provenance, condition, rarity and quality.
- Does Sotheby's sell Chinese paintings as well as Chinese antiques?Yes. Sotheby's sells classical and modern Chinese paintings as well.
- What are the top Chinese Works of Art sold by Sotheby’s in 2020?The top price of the year so far belongs to the storied Henry Garner Reticulated Vase, a rediscovered Qianlong imperial masterpiece from a remote European house, which holds the record of the most expensive Chinese work of art sold in 2020 by an international auction house, realizing over 70 million HKD (9.1 million USD) in our Hong Kong sale rooms in July. Sotheby’s also holds the record for the second most expensive Chinese work of art sold globally this year, with an exceptionally rare and important gold, silver and glass-embellished bronze vessel, or Fang hu, from the Warring States period sold in our New York sale rooms in September, realizing over three times its pre-sale estimate to achieve 8.3 million USD.