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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.

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Asian Works of Art Auction Highlights

Asian Works of Art Specialists

Chiara Curcio
Head of Decorative Arts, Design & Interiors


Chiara joined Leonard Joel in 2011 with a keen interest in antiques and the auction market. After completing her Bachelor Degree with a focus in Theory of Art and Design, Archeology, History and languages, Chiara joined Leonard Joel as a junior objects assistant. Her eager interest in object and furniture design and their histories moved her from junior assistant, to manager and then Decorative Arts specialist within a four year period.

In 2017, Chiara was appointed Head of Decorative Arts; within her tenure, she has pioneered two dedicated Asian Art auctions in this category per year and further developed partnerships with local and international collectors and societies within this field.

In addition to valuing and curating specialty auctions, Chiara is also a Senior auctioneer, offering eight years of auctioneering experience.

Carl Wantrup
Asian Art Consultant


Carl has been dealing and consulting in Chinese and other Asian works of art for over twenty years. He makes multiple trips each year to Hong Kong, China, Japan and other countries in Asia, viewing many of the major auctions in the region, and broadening his connections with dealers and institutions.

He consigns and catalogues all the Chinese and Asian works of art (other than Japanese) for Leonard Joel’s two annual Asian Works of Art auctions, and has significant experience in ceramics, jade carvings, furniture, scholar art, metalware, lacquer, cloisonné, sculpture and textiles.

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 Works of Art FAQs

  • What types of items can be found at our Asian art auctions?

    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.

  • How can I sell through Leonard Joel's Asian art auctions?

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

  • Can I buy from Leonard Joel's Asian art auctions online?

    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.

  • Do you hold Asian art auctions in both Melbourne and Sydney?

    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.

  • How can I get advice on collecting Asian art from Leonard Joel?

    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.

  • Can I preview the items in your Asian art auctions before bidding?

    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.

  • How can I stay informed about upcoming Asian art auctions and events at Leonard Joel?

    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.

  • How do I know if my Asian art items are suitable for your auctions?

    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 request 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.

  • Do you have any Mandarin speaking assistance?

    Yes, we have a Mandarin speaking liaison at Leonard Joel. For Mandarin speaking assistance, please contact Yue Zhang: WeChat: Leonard_Joel 中文服务,请联系张月女士:微信:Leonard_Joel or by phone: +61 490 184 900

Now consigning for auction. Submit items for online valuation here or contact us to book an appointment.


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