Around a century ago, Lempertz became one of the first auction houses in the world to organise specialised sales of Asian Art. Today, our range of Asian artworks includes porcelain and other ceramics as well as painting and decorative arts from China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal, and South East Asia. The exceptional auction results reflect the dynamic Asian Art market. Our Asian Art auctions take place twice yearly in June and December in Cologne.
Our experienced Asian art specialists are available to answer any questions you may have. We are happy to provide you with an individual assessment in person at one of our branches, via e-mail or over the phone. For large collections of Asian art we would also be happy to organise a home visit.
Our regular auctions of Asian art, in which you can buy choice examples of Oriental objects, take place twice annually. In recent years, our Asian art auctions have also been supplemented by the sale of a number of renowned private collections. Alongside the Bernheimer, Elbrecht, Bachem, and Hasse collections of Asian art, we also had the honour of auctioning the Kolodotschko and Papp collections of netsuke.
Are you thinking about selling a piece of Asian art or would you like to have an Asian object valued? Our experts are happy to provide you with a free and non-binding assessment and our valuation form provides you with an easy way to contact us.
In the current market, Asian works of art are fetching ever increasing prices. Accordingly, the Asian art auctions at Lempertz have also experienced great success in recent years: A large gilt bronze figure of Buddha Shakyamuni made during the Ming dynasty in the 17th century achieved € 421,000 (all prices incl. buyer's premium), a large rhino horn cup from the 17th/18th century achieved € 372,000, and a blanc de chine figure of a seated lady, also from the 17th/18th century, approached the one million mark at a result of € 856,000. This coveted milestone was officially exceeded in 2007 when a highly rare vase with underglaze red and blue lotus décor came under the hammer. The unique work of art achieved a spectacular hammer price of € 1,000,000. Another especially fine piece elicited a bidding war: A palm-sized Chinese Ge-ware saucer from the collection of the Hachez chocolate maker Dr. Otto Hasse rose far above its limit price of € 150,000 to achieve the incredible sum of € 1,125,000, returning to its place of origin in China.