Asian Works of Art

Leonard Joel held its inaugural Asian Works of Art Auction in 2018, after almost one hundred years of offering Asian Art within our Decorative Arts auctions.

This dedicated auction featured important Chinese jade, ceramics and textiles, Himalayan, Indian, Japanese and Korean works of art and several high-quality private collections.

Enthusiastically received by new and established collectors, we are delighted that this successful auction paved the way for Asian Works of Art to become part of our regular calendar of curated auctions.

With many years of industry experience, our Asian Works of Art team are able to offer specialist knowledge and expert advice on buying and selling at auction.

If you have a single work of art or a collection you are considering selling, please contact us for a complimentary valuation. We are now consigning in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

Asian Works of Art Auction Highlights

A Chinese white jade plaque of an Apsara, Liao Dynasty (907-1125) or Jin Dynasty (1115-1234)

Sold for $45,880

An important imperially inscribed Chinese silver and gold embellished zitan and lacquer inkstone box Qianlong Mark and of the period (1735-1796)

Sold for $155,000

Three Indonesian kris knives 19th Century or earlier

Sold for $42,160

A Japanese album, 100 Aspects Of The Moon, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Sold for $39,040
Asian Works of Art Specialists
Luke Guan

Head of Asian Art

With extensive experience across local and international auction houses, galleries, and museums, Luke has been successfully advising both private and public collectors in Australia and abroad. In recent years, the Chinese and Asian Art auctions in Australia curated by Luke have consistently surpassed the $1 million mark. Luke is also an approved valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Program, and holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) degree in Chinese art history at University of Glasgow and Christie’s Education.

Trevor Fleming

Japanese Works of Art Consultant

With a major in Japanese and History for his BA in Asian studies, Trevor joined Lesley Kehoe, Australia’s foremost dealer in Japanese antiques and art in 2001. His ten-year tenure took him to Japan, London, Dubai, New York, and San Francisco as he worked with private collectors, museums, and contemporary artists to develop exhibitions and catalogues in highly rarefied fields.

Alongside a Masters degree in Arts Management, Trevor now has twenty years of experience handling Japanese works including netsuke, ceramics, screens, lacquer ware and woodblock prints. He works on each of Leonard Joel’s major Japanese auctions, offering a breadth of knowledge on current market conditions and trends.

Asian Art FAQs

At our Asian art auctions, we feature a diverse range of items, including ceramics, porcelain, jade, bronze, paintings, textiles, and decorative arts from China, Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. These auctions are perfect for those looking to buy Asian art.

Please contact our Asian Art specialists by filling out our online valuations form. We will provide an auction estimate, guide you through the consignment process, and help you achieve the best possible results at auction.

Yes, there are multiple ways to bid with Leonard Joel. You can buy from our Asian art auctions by bidding live online, by absentee bid, over the telephone, or in person. Please visit our How to Buy page for more details.

Yes, we proudly sell Asian art in both Melbourne (alongside our Decorative Arts auctions), and Sydney (within our Collector’s Auctions), catering to collectors and enthusiasts in both cities. Our Asian art auctions showcase a diverse range of items, including ceramics, porcelain, jade, bronze, paintings, textiles, and decorative arts from China, Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. Please check the auction calendar on our website for the most up-to-date information on upcoming auctions in Melbourne and Sydney.

Our Asian art specialists are available to provide guidance and advice on collecting Asian art. You can contact us by phone or email to discuss your interests and receive expert assistance in building your collection.

Yes, we host pre-auction viewings, allowing potential bidders to examine the items in person. The viewing schedule for each auction will be available on our auction calendar prior to the event. We encourage you to attend these viewings to get a closer look at the Asian art available for purchase. If you are unable to attend in person, you can request a condition report through our website.

To stay informed about our upcoming Asian art auctions and events, we recommend signing up to our newsletter through our website. By doing so, you will receive regular updates on our latest auctions, previews, and other relevant news.

Our team of Asian art specialists is available to evaluate your items and provide advice on their suitability for our auctions. Please fill out our online valuation form, providing detailed information and photographs of the items you wish to have evaluated. We are always interested in helping you sell your Asian art and will provide guidance on the best approach for your specific items.

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