Being the oldest auction house in the United States has allowed Freeman’s to monitor the pulse of the collector community for over two centuries. Based on the last few sales, take a look at what is trending in Asian Art.

Chinese School circa 16th-17th century depicting Vairocana seated on a lotus throne.
Lot 458: Chinese School from between the 16th and 17th century depicting Vairocana seated on a lotus throne. The piece was produced in ink and color on silk and was presented mounted and framed. Its estimate was between $2,500-3,000 and it realized an impressive $168,750.


Two small Chinese celadon-glazed vases, one with a Yongzheng six-character mark.
Lot 228: These two pieces reached an astonishing $106,250 against an estimate between $1,200-1,500. The first vase (left) featured a translucent light celadon glaze with a ridged neck. Its oval boy rested on a splayed for and rose to a lipped rim. The second piece was double bottle vase. The piece also showcased a celadon glaze and included a Yongzheng six-character mark to neck.


Chinese censer and cover with cloisonné enameling from the 16th-17th century.
Lot 80: Just a few months prior, this Chinese censer and cover enamored bidders and soared beyond its estimate of between $10,000-15,000. The piece took on a cloisonné enamel square form and included a jingtai six character mark. From between the 16th and 17th century, the censer’s rectangular-sectioned body was brightly enameled blue and yellow with white and red abstract taotie mask designs and various auspicious emblems. The piece sold for $35,000.


Chinese harstone-embellished  huanghuali seal chest from the Qing Dynasty.
Lot 12: Another important example, this seal chest achieved $160,250 at auction. From the Qing dynasty, the Chinese hardstone-embellished huanghuali seal chest took on a tradition square form and was inset with shell and hard stones. It depicted three noblemen hunting geese through the rocky terrain.


Chinese imperial porcelain seal of Empress Xiaoyiren from the Kangxi Period.
Lot 146: This exceptionally rate Chinese imperial porcelain seal of Epress Xiaoyiren from the Kangxi period sold for $84,500 against an estimate between $30,000-40,000. The piece was decorated in the famille noire palette with an evenly covered, ink black glazed body. Molded dragons in relief with soft green and purple overglaze enamels added to its impressive aesthetic. The piece also included an eight-character inscription, ‘Xiao yi huang you yu shang zhi bao,” meaning, “Imperial seal certifying the objects admired by the embarrass Xiao Yi.”


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