Asian cultures are among the oldest in the world and are associated with some of the finest and most interesting antiques and collectible objects on the planet. Innovation and top-notch artistry led to the creation of fine porcelain ware, painted silk scrolls, and paper screens, seen in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian cultures.

Japanese's ancient style of dress, particularly the colorful kimonos inspired by the Noh theater, are highly collectible, as are netsuke, the figurines carved out of ivory or coral used to fasten containers called inro to men's obi sashes. The Japanese were also known for their ukiyo-e woodblock prints and technically superior samurai swords.

Chinese artisans mastered the skill of carving jade, a precious stone believed to have special powers, into delicate figurines, jewelry, and other objects such as weapons. Chinese and Korean potters, meanwhile, created the jade-like celadon glaze for stoneware and strong white clay now known as porcelain. Both Chinese and Japanese artists painted extravagant, intricate scenes onto their vases, bowls, and other porcelain objects. Common motifs on these vases, as well as in Asian antiques and statues, include dragons, lions, tigers, Buddhas, flowers, birds, mountains, moons, and characters from folklore.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum

You can get happily lost searching through the 10,000 or so objects on the Asian Art Museum's website. For example,… [read review or visit site]

Gotheborg.com

Gotheborg.com

Jan-Erik Nilsson's extensive reference on antique Chinese porcelain. Jam-packed with information (e.g. on porcelain… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Superb Huge 43cm Antique Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Phoenix Plate 18th CHuge 39.2cm Antique Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Buddhist Plate Kangxi 18thcAn Underglazed-blue And Copper-red "figures" Chinese Wall Vase.with Frame.Rare! Antique Grisaille Plate Chinese Porcelain Dish 18th Century QianlongNice Lot Of 5 Old Chinese Jewelry Items With Jade, Silver & EnamelA Rare 18thc Yongzheng Figural Plate Scroll Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose DishLarge Chinese Antique Ming Dynasty Carved Celadon Tripod CenserTop! Pair H32cm Antique Chinese Wucai Vases 19th Century Famille Verte PorcelainBeautiful Antique Chinese Carved Lapis Lazuli Hard Stone Figure GroupChinese Tong Zhi Famille Rose Porcelain Bowl And Cover.Large Antique Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose Yenyen Phoenix Tail Vase Kangxi V-large Antique 19th C Chinese Porcelain Famille Verte Fish Bowl Vase Jardinere Superb Antique Chinese Ming Bronze Guardian Lion Scroll Weight Sculpture FigureAntique Japanese Cloisonne Enamel Meiji Nagoya 1880 Imperial Namikawa Chinese Chinese Antique Ming Dynasty Carved Celadon Tripod CenserAntique Old Stock Natural Persian Blue Turquoise Necklace 14k Gold Clasp Large Antique Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Duck Lotus Dish Plate Bowl 18th CFine Antique Chinese Export Sterling Solid Silver Bowl Luen Wo Shanghai QingAntique Old Natural Red Coral Necklace, Other Jade Turquoise For Sale Pair Large 39cm Antique Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Vase Cover 19thc XuandeNice Antique Chinese Carved Jade & 14k Gold EarringsAntique Japanese 18th Century Netsuke ShishiLarge Antique Chinese Porcelain Famille Verte Kilin Dragon Vase 19th C Kangxi18th Century Chinese Flambe-glazed Porcelain Vase.Early Chinese Japanese Lotus Decoration Celadon Glazed Dish Ex Malaysian MuseumGood Antique Chinese Blue And White Porcelain Figure Vase Jar 19th C Kangxi Mark19th Century Chinese Sacrificial Blue-glazed Porcelain Vase.Chinese Antique Carved Ming Longquan Celadon DishVfine Antique Chinese Porcelain Famille Verte Blue White Vase Cover 17thc KangxiLarge Late Yuan Or Early Ming Dynasty Carved Longquan Lotus Dish Bluett & SonsA Fine Antique Chinese White Jade Chilong Dragon Bi Disc Pendant NecklaceNice Old Graduated Amber Bead Necklace Large Center Bead Baltic Egg YolkChinese Antique Moulded Ming Longquan Celadon DishSet Of Eight Antique Chinese Porcelain Blue And White Plaques.Fine Egg Yolk Butterscotch Amber Carved Bead Necklace Chinese Buddhist Interest!Nice Lot Of Antique Chinese Jewelry, Jade Beads, Silver & Turquoise BraceletImportant Antique Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Wall Plaque RepublicAntique Pre-ww2 Japanese Samurai Sword 27"+ Cutting Edge Nobuyoshi Katana TachiAntique Ottoman Turkish Shamshir Sword Persian Arab Islamic Yatagan Sabre TulwarJapanese Sword Wakizashi In Shikomizue Mountings, "tachibana Yasuhiro", ZatoichiFine Antique 19th C Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Figure Dish Plate GuangxuRare Antique Chinese Carved Soapstone Buddha & Elephant Large Plaque Panel QingChinese Celadon Reverse-decorated “white Flowers”vase.qianlong Period.Great Antique Meiji Japanese Stag Antler Bone Pipe Holder Kiseruzutsu No NetsukeAntique Japanese Rare Double Mask Tonkotsu Like Inro For Use With Netsuke MeijiK66, 86 Japanese Sword Wakizashi In Mountings "kanenaga", Full PolishRare Antique 18thc Chinese Qing Kangxi Turquoise Porcelain Ormolu Mounted VaseLarge Chinese Kangxi Mark 19th Century Monochrome Green Porcelain VaseFine Pair Antique Chinese Porcelain Famille Rose Gilt Millefiori Plate GuangxuAntique Chinese Yixing Clay Pottery Carved TeapotChinese Famille-rose Laughing Buddha.mark And Period Of Republic.Genuine Antique Chinese Blue & White Bottle Vase Fruit Decorated 7.5" High NrSuperb Antique 18thc Chinese Qing Oxblood Sang De Boeuf Porcelain Ormolu Vase #12 Netsuke Figures - Wild Boar & CraneChinese Antique Gu / Zun Vase Ru Ware Pale Celadon Qing / Republic Very Fine Nice Old Chinese Carved Jade Plaque Pendant Apple GreenV-fine Antique 18thc Chinese Porcelain Blue And White Iron-red Vase Tureen CoverMarked 19 Th Century Chinese Famille Rose Bowl Tongzhi Mark And Period Chinese Antique Song Dynasty Qingbai Type Lidded Pot2x! Antique Chinese Kangxi Tea Caddy 18th Century Porcelain Imari Flasks