Explore our hub of resources created for those interested to learn more about the world of Chinese, Japanese and other Asian antiques. Pages below list meanings of various maker’s marks and other markings on Chinese and Japanese porcelain, explain many of the commonly used foreign terms and provide a myriad of genuine dated examples of Asian ceramics for reference. You can contact us directly if you need further assistance with identification of unknown Chinese and Japanese markings or to get a free valuation of your antiques. Our curator’s corner features a regularly updated list of hand-picked Asian art auctions and lists many additional tools for those buying on eBay. We are always busy working on new resources and will keep adding them to this page.
We hope that this database will help collectors, students and anyone else with newly found appreciation for Chinese and Japanese art.
Do you need help with identification of your antique or vintage Asian items? Own a piece of antique Chinese or Japanese porcelain and want to know who made it and what it might be worth? Have you spotted something at auction that you are not sure about?
We will help you identify your item or any unknown Chinese and Japanese porcelain marks, as well as signatures on other objects such as antique bronzes or carvings. We can tell you approximate age of your item, its value, and show you examples of similar recently sold objects.
This page lists Chinese porcelain reign marks and seal marks of Qing and Ming Dynasty Emperors. Simple guide explains how to read these Chinese marks and meanings of the symbols surrounding the Emperor’s name. Link under each reign mark contains examples of mark and period pieces for reference. You can also find complete lists of Chinese Ming and Qing dynasty emperors here.
Another great resource page with many maker’s marks found on antique Japanese porcelain and ceramic objects including Arita porcelain, Banko pottery, Kutani porcelain, Nabeshima porcelain, Seto porcelain, Satsuma pottery, Sumida pottery and others. Link under each maker’s mark contains examples of works by that individual potter or a studio. This page is regularly updated and new porcelain marks added each month.
This glossary lists some of the most common marks of artisan and retail silversmiths found on antique Chinese export silver. This simple guide is based on data from a fantastic book by Adrien von Ferscht titled ‘Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940, The Definitive Collectors’ Guide’. Identification of Chinese silver marks based on this 1000 page book can oftentimes prove to be a tedious task so we’ve created this condensed version with names, marks, dating and locations to make initial research slightly easier.
Regularly updated list of specially selected Asian art auctions currently listed on eBay. Featured Chinese, Japanese and other Asian antiques that caught our eye. This page also includes various other resources for eBay buyers such as list of recommeded sellers, useful saved searches of objects in Asian/Oriental antiques category and special searches for misspelled listings that are otherwise very difficult to find. See what’s selling on eBay this week and grab a bargain!
This is a complete list of Asian art price guides on our website that feature some of the most recent auction results for selected categories of Chinese and Japanese antiques. You can access each individual list of guide prices by clicking the title or the ‘view all’ button below. All pages are updated on a regular basis to reflect latest market trends.
We offer free online valuations of Asian art and antiques. Find out what are your antiques worth – get your free appraisal by contacting us today!
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This glossary lists some of the most commonly used terms that you will come across as a dealer and collector of Asian Art. Included are Chinese and Japanese terms for objects and art techniques, words taken from Buddhism and Daoism, special porcelain and ceramic terminology, as well as some English phrases related to ceramics or Asian Arts in general. We hope that this simple glossary will help collectors, students and anyone else with newly found appreciation for Chinese and Japanese art.
This reference page lists some of the most popular Chinese archaic bronze forms of the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Many of these bronze forms are based on earlier ancient ceramic examples and were also reproduced in later periods in other materials including porcelain and cloisonné. Illustrations on this page show only general shapes of vessels and omit the decoration. Most commonly found decorative motif on Shang and Zhou ritual bronze vessels is animal-like ‘taotie’ mask with large bulging eyes and curved horns. This list is by no means complete and includes only some of the most commonly used bronze forms of the Shang and Zhou dynasties.
Dating antique Chinese cloisonné can often be a challenging task, as it is not always easy to determine the age of a piece based on its appearance alone. However, there are a few key characteristics that can help narrow down the age of a cloisonné piece. One of the most important factors in dating antique Chinese cloisonné is the style. Generally speaking, cloisonné from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) tends to have a more formal, classical style, while cloisonné from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) is often more decorative and ornate.
This page lists some of the marks and signatures found on antique or vintage Japanese bronzes, cloisonné, woodblock prints, paintings and other non-ceramic objects. For identification of marks on Japanese porcelain and pottery visit our Japanese Porcelain Marks Identification Guide.
This is our extensive photo archive that includes high resolution photos of items currently in our collection and items that we’ve handled in the past. Each object is identified and includes a short description. Objects are photographed from various angles and you can use these photos for reference, for example to compare and identify foot rims on Chinese porcelain or to zoom in on characteristic features of various types of glazes and overglaze enamels. We update this archive on a regular basis. All royalty free images are licensed through Alamy Ltd.
Useful Pages for eBay Buyers
LATEST AUCTIONS FROM RECOMMENDED EBAY SELLERS
Here you can find eBay auctions currently listed by our recommended eBay sellers that regularly offer genuine Chinese and Japanese antiques without reserve prices. This page is generated and updated automatically when new auctions are listed.
BUY CHINESE PORCELAIN – EBAY AUCTIONS ENDING SOON
Latest auctions of antique Chinese porcelain from European sellers, currently listed on eBay in Asian/Oriental Antiques category. This is our specially designed saved search that updates automatically every day and should return most of the genuine antique Chinese porcelain auctions ending soon.
BUY JAPANESE ANTIQUES – EBAY AUCTIONS ENDING SOON
Latest auctions of Japanese antiques from European and US sellers, currently listed on eBay in Asian/Oriental Antiques category.
Reference Pages with Lists of Buy It Now Items
These are our hand-picked lists featuring some of the finest examples of Asian antiques currently listed on eBay as ‘Buy It Now’. Use these as a reference if you are researching or planning to buy a particular type of Asian art. Note that we don’t own pieces featured on these pages. Use these for reference only and be cautious if you plan to purchase any of them as prices can often be well above the average market value.
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- Antique European ceramics inspired by Chinese and Japanese porcelainThis post is dedicated to European ceramics inspired by antique Chinese and Japanese porcelain or other Oriental objects. Europe has a long history of trade with these countries so it is not surprising that many European potters were inspired by their designs and attempted to recreate them in order to capitalize on their popularity. All objects pictured below are from our own collection (some already sold). We will keep updating this page as we come …
- Photos of The Summer Palace by Mei Li Photographic Studio, c. 1928-1937I would like to share with you some fascinating old photos of the Summer Palace in Beijing, made and distributed by Mei Li Photograhpic Studio during the late 1920s or 1930s. We’ve acquired two separate sets of these. First one is a set of four framed hand-tinted panoramic shots measuring approx. 30×10 cm. Second set features 23 smaller black and white photos with typewritten English explanations on the back. Hope you’ll enjoy these as much …
- April 2023 Update – New Arrivals and AuctionsSee our latest auctions and new items added to our shop this month. Read the full list below. Visit Asian Art Curator to bid on latest eBay auctions closing this week. Featured auctions are being added throughout the week so make sure to stay up to date! Our Resource Hub features a complete list of Asian art resources that can be found on our website. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive monthly product updates via …
- March 2023 Update – New Resources, Auctions and ArrivalsThis month we’ve added a new resource to our website: Chinese Export Silver Marks Identification Guide. This glossary lists some of the most common marks of artisan and retail silversmiths found on antique Chinese export silver. We’ve also added many new Buy it Now items to our shop and exclusive Catawiki auctions closing next week! Read the full list below. Visit Asian Art Curator to bid on latest eBay auctions closing this week. Featured auctions …
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Large Antique Chinese Carved Bamboo Bitong Brush Pot. 19th Century, Qing Dynasty£9.99
Antique Chinese Carved Stone Seal With Inscription. Qing Dynasty or Republic Period£140.00
Antique Japanese Aode Kutani Yoshidaya Style Charger With Fuku Mark. 19th Century, Edo Period£300.00
Antique Chinese Blue and White Export Porcelain Tureen Stand. 18th Century, Qianlong Period£270.00