Hope everyone is enjoying the autumn season! I've been traveling a lot the past few weeks so have been a little late in posting my trip to the September 2019 edition of Asia Week New York. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen some of the highlight objects I was examining during my auction house visits. I wasn't even CLOSE to posting everything I saw, so this blog features more examples of the Asian Art items I really liked. As many of you know, Asia Week New Yor
I can't believe we're already halfway through summer! The past couple of months have been fairly busy for me with the Toronto Asian Art sales and a trip to Vancouver at the end of June, numerous appraisals and valuations in July, AND the completion of my latest Chinese Art auction market trends report for Orientations magazine. This article will be published in their September/October issue and will be available in most museum bookstores by the end of August. As usual, I will
Hope everyone had a wonderful summer! It's definitely been a while since my last blog... and if you haven't read it yet, it was an in-depth examination of the Chinese Imperial Yangcai 'Crane and Deer' Vase from the Qianlong Period (1736-1795) that Sotheby's found in an old green shoebox. This 'shoebox vase' sold for an incredible €16 million! My summer ended up being fairly busy with various consulting projects and appraisal work. However, I did manage to visit Boston for a
If you have read my past blogs, this one is going to be a little different from what I have assembled in the past. In this case, I am trying to focus on a single ‘highlight’ object. Hopefully (with your comments and suggestions) I will try this again with other individual objects of interest from auction houses, museums, galleries or private collections. This past spring, Sotheby’s auction house announced they had found an incredible imperial Chinese vase from the Qianlong Pe
My latest report on the Chinese Art auction market just got released! You can find it in the March/April 2018 issue of Orientations, and it should be available in most museum bookstores within the coming days. This article covers Chinese Art highlights from the Autumn 2017 sales season in New York, Hong Kong, London and Paris at the international auction houses Bonhams, Christie's and Sotheby's. Items of interest include the major sale of Song ceramics and Ming Imperial porce
Happy Chinese New Year! February 16 2017 marks the beginning of the year of the dog (and the end of the year of the rooster). In the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the year of the dog are known to be loyal, serious and hardworking. Here's a good link to the characteristics of those born in the dog year, including their interactions with people from other zodiac signs, potential job prospects and lifestyle choices. In Chinese Art, dogs have been appearing in art objects for ov
Happy 2018! The last two months have been fairly busy with work - hence the gap between posts. I've been fortunate enough to pick up a few more appraisal assignments and I just completed my next market trends report for Orientations Magazine in Hong Kong. The latter will be published in their March New York Asia Week edition. For this forthcoming article, in addition to strong prices in the Chinese Art market for classical furniture, Imperial porcelain and jade carvings, I tr
Autumn is coming! And that means the start of another Asian Art auction season! I will be in New York for the Asia Week auction previews from September 7th to the 11th. Please say hi if you see me at one of the various exhibitions throughout the city. In the meantime my next Orientations Magazine market trends report will be featured in their September/October issue (which should be available through museum bookstores next week). This report covers Chinese Art highlights from
I can't believe it has been 2 months since my visit to Hong Kong! If you haven't read my companion post about to my trip in late May, please click here. The main purpose of the visit was to attend the numerous Chinese Art auction previews at Bonham's, Christie's, Sotheby's and China Guardian. It was pretty crazy just to see the number of artwork available for sale, and the size of the auction spaces were much larger than what I was accustomed to seeing in New York and London.
I am officially a certified Chinese Fine Art appraiser through the Appraisers Association of America (AAA)! Based in New York City, AAA started in 1949 and has over 700 members - the highest level being accredited members and certified members. With over 100 different specializations, many of my colleagues are former curators, gallerists, and auction house specialists. I started taking my courses this past January and my coursework included completing my compliancy with the U
The past month has been really busy! The international Chinese Art auctions are winding down for the season so I have been keeping track of all the sales in Paris, Beijing and Hong Kong over the past couple of weeks. The Chinese Art market is still going at a steady pace with still strong prices in painting, porcelain, furniture and works of art. At the same time, I have been finalizing my summer schedule and working on my next market trends report for Orientations magazine.
New York is fun! Especially if you are like me and enjoy visiting all various Asian Art museums around the city. I missed out on all the new museum exhibitions during my March Asia Week adventure, but made up for it over the past couple of days. I was in NYC primarily for meetings - but fortunately had various pockets of free time. Friday afternoon was spent in the Chelsea area where I brushed up on my Buddhist works of art at Tibet House USA and the Rubin Museum. They have s
My latest article can be found in the Spring 2017 issue of the Royal Ontario Museum's 'Newsletter of the Bishop White Committee'. Published twice a year (Fall and Spring) by the ROM, the BWC Newsletter reports on current departmental news, upcoming events, and commentaries that deal with the museum's East Asian department. The Bishop White Committee was founded in 1960 by a group of museum volunteers led by Louise Hawley Stone (1904-1997) to promote the ROM's Far Eastern depa
My next Orientations article will be featured in their March/April 2017 edition where I discusses Chinese art market trends and highlights from the past Fall. Aptly titled "Chinese Works of Art Auction Highlights - Autumn 2016", the issue should hit museums and bookstores in the coming days - just in time for the start of Asia Week! This review covers international auction results from the 'Big Three' international houses - Bonham's, Christie's and Sotheby's. Hopefully reader
Thank you to everyone following @anthonywuart on Instagram over the past couple of months! The app has been a lot of fun and I really enjoy featuring the (mostly) Asian antiques and artwork I have encountered throughout my travels in Canada, the USA and Europe. For those who are new to social media, Instagram is fairly simple to use. You basically sign up, create a profile, upload a couple of photos and post them! There are many Instagram tutorials online such as this one fro
For those who subscribe to Orientations Magazine, please check out my new article in their January/February issue. Titled 'Representing Current Market Trends in the Modern Asian Art Institution', I selected three impressive pieces of 18th Century Chinese Imperial porcelain kept in the storage area of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto. In addition to describing the importance of these pieces, I ask why they are in storage and not on public display. The international m
The last few weeks have been busy in the Toronto Art market. With sales of Canadian, Inuit and Asian Art, it was a great opportunity to see what’s happening in these respective fields. I was also (finally) able to send off my latest contribution to Orientations Magazine in Hong Kong. It is a commentary on whether or not Asian Art museums should be displaying items that correlate to ‘big-ticket’ sales in the current auction market. I used three Imperial porcelain examples from
If you haven't had the chance yet, please see my new article in the September issue of Orientations Magazine. Based in Hong Kong, this magazine caters to Asian Art collectors, connoisseurs, and academics with fresh articles, gallery and museum news, and upcoming sales in the auction world. I will be contributing twice a year for their international Chinese antiques market report. These reviews will focus mainly on the big three international auction houses, Bonhams, Christie'
Thank you to everyone who showed up to my lecture in NYC at the Bohemian National Hall! I wasn't expecting such a large audience and hopefully my talk was of interest to those who attended. It was a busy NYC Asia Week for everyone and I feel honoured (this is the Canadian spelling!) for your time to listen to me. Hopefully you were able to view all the dealer galleries on the upper levels too! Thank you to the organisers of the Asian Art Fair for hosting me, and Yifawn Lee fr