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 2021, our global Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department offered more than 3,760 rare porcelains, jades, sculptures, bronzes and other works of art spanning 4,000 years of Chinese history. We held a total of 29 dedicated live and online auctions in New York, Hong Kong, and London which combined to realize over $192.8 million USD for our consigners. Enthusiastic bidding from collectors based in Asia, Europe and the Americas drove exceptional results which established 7 out of the top 10 Chinese works of art sold so far this year on the international market, including the world record price for any white jade object and an imperial seal, and the world record price for any Chinese archaic jade.
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.
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Chinese Antiques Consigned with Sotheby's
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 2021?Sotheby’s sold the most expensive Chinese Work of Art so far this year, an outstanding imperial inscribed white jade ‘Ji’entang’ seal from the Qing dynasty, Qianlong period which fetched $18.8 million USD in the Hong Kong spring sales – the highest price ever achieved for any imperial jade seal, and for any white jade object ever sold at auction. In New York, an extremely important Gui vessel documenting a pivotal military campaign by the last king of the Shang dynasty, sold for over 9 times its presale estimate to realize $5.4 million USD. A Ming dynasty, Yongle period blue and white ‘floral’ bowl, previously bought at a Connecticut yard sale for $35 sold for $721,800 USD in New York, attracted international media attention. In London, two magnificent Tang dynasty pottery figures, a Bactrian camel and a caparisoned horse, combined to sell for over $1.5 million USD in our May 2021 Chinese Art auction, over 6 times their presale estimates.