The history of Asian, or Eastern, art spans several thousands of years and many different countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, India, Tibet, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. We see many fine examples of furniture and decorative Asian art every day at Mearto. Antique tapestries and scrolls with Asian calligraphy are also quite popular.
Items such as jade, ivory, bronze and ceramic, as well as traditional painted screens and woodblock prints have been exported to the West for many centuries. However, in recent years, there has been a surge of Asian buyers in the marketplace that want to purchase and repatriate their cultural heritage. According to a recent report from UBS and Art Basel, China is the third largest art market worldwide, after the US and the UK. Last year, 20th Century Chinese ink painter, Daqian Zhang generated $31 million more in auction sales than Pablo Picasso.
Contemporary Asian art is also having a moment, thanks in part to the increasing engagement of millennial collectors and an explosion of art fairs and biennales in Asia. Works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama have sold for millions and there are hundreds of rising stars in this genre.
Whether your item is old or new, it is important to have regular valuations of your Asian art. In case you decide to sell your items, our expert appraisers determine the current fair market value of your Asian art by comparing it to similar works that have sold at international auctions in recent months. Appraisals of Asian art are also influenced by the authenticity, age, rarity and condition of each item.
The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California says, “Asia is not one place. The ideas and ideals that we call Asian are countless and diverse.”
Asian art includes all of the items that have ever been created on the world’s largest (and most populous) continent. It is typically broken down by region, or by country. The most common subcategories include:
Broadly speaking, any item that originally hails from one of these countries or regions, regardless of its age, could be considered Asian art.
A partial list of famous Asian artists from the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, published by Oxford Art Online, can be found below. Mearto’s expert appraisers can evaluate works by these artists and many more:
We have several specialized experts in Asian art on our team at Mearto that have spent years learning how to spot the difference between a genuine work of art and a forgery or reproduction. In most cases, a trained eye is all that is needed. However, there are some works that cannot be authenticated from photographs alone. In this case, we recommend that you connect with an appraiser or an auction house in your area for further review. Comparative analysis, provenance research and scientific testing of the item’s materials can reveal its authenticity and age, which can have a major impact on value.
If you need to know how much your Asian art is worth, please contact us for a low-cost, fast turnaround appraisal. One of our experts can review the information and images that you submit, compare your item to similar items that have sold at auction and provide a fair market value appraisal within 24-48 hours.
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