Sheffield Auction Gallery

Oriental Works of Art Auctions

Currently the demand for Oriental and Asian items such as figurines, Cloisonn√©, metal wares including bronzes and other carved items is particularly strong. A vastly diverse range of items from blue and white and famille rose china, tiny carved items and hardstone figures to intricately worked large scale pieces. In 2011 an exceptionally beautiful ivory work box containing a superb array of needlework items sold for £31,000.

Other examples of Oriental works of art include textiles and rice paper drawings plus white metal items, our Oriental Items section encompasses the region as a whole thereby attracting the widest group of buyers to obtain the highest possible realised prices.

With such a wide ranging subject the department welcomes all items of china, hardstone, mother-of-pearl, cloisonné and enamel wares, metal wares including bronze and brass, carved jade, jadeite and hardwood, blue & white and famille rose china, textiles including robes, drawings and scrolls, furniture, white metal, manuscripts, jewellery, amongst others.

Sheffield Auction Gallery wholeheartedly supports the work done to stop the illegal trade in ivory and has made charitable donations to The Born Free Foundation and's #jointheherd campaign. We no longer offer ivory items for general auction sale. Any pieces which have been authenticated to comply with forthcoming updated regulations ensuring that the piece is of the correct age and type permitted, is pre-1947 in date and appropriate for the application of a CITES license and carry the relevant Article 10 certificate will be considered on an individual basis.

Please contact us to discuss your items or requirements in more detail, by emailing or by telephone on 0114 281 6161.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Saleroom Office. (Full details can be found on our Contact Us page.)

Recent Department Highlights

Oriental Clothing and Fabrics; A XIX Century Chinese Blue Silk Robe.

Sold for £4,600

+ Buyer's Premium of 22.2% including VAT

Oriental Furniture; An Early XX Century Chinese Porcelain Table Screen.

Sold for £1,150

+ Buyer's Premium of 22.2% including VAT

An Exquisitely Carved Early XIX Century Cantonese Ivory Work Box.

Sold for £31,000

+ Buyer's Premium of 22.2% including VAT

An Early XX Century Chinese Rouleau Vase, with another Chinese Cylindrical Vase

Sold for £2,200

+ Buyer's Premium of 22.2% including VAT

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We produce detailed catalogues for all auctions and sales are all listed fully illustrated on both our website and other specialist auction bidding websites. Our regular email keeps both trade and private buyers fully updated. Auctions are widely advertised within the press.

Auctions are held live in real time on the internet with auction bidding platforms such as and easylive, enabling buyers to watch and bid at the sales without being present in the saleroom.

Specialist valuers are available in the Saleroom, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10am to 4pm for free pre-auction appraisals and advice. We also hold regular Specialist 'Fine Arts & Antiques' Valuation Days in the Saleroom by appointment.

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