Asian Art Going Under The Hammer At Ewbank's On 18 May

Textiles chinese auctionAsian art is going under the hammer at Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, on May 18, with lots already consigned for sale including jade artefacts and silk embroidered panels. 


Embroidery is an important part of Chinese art which began with the Shang Dynasty in the second millennium BC, when embroidered items were an indicator of significant social status. Today, it is still popular in both fashion and art.


Ewbank’s has a pair of Qing Dynasty silk embroidered panels, depicting birds among blossom, which have been valued at between £300 and £500. The panels measure 54cm x 50cm.  


Embroidery from the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912, inherited the features of the Ming Dynasty, such as symbolic designs including Mandarin ducks representing love, pomegranates for fertility, cranes for longevity, and peonies for riches and honour. It also absorbed new ingredients from Japanese embroidery and Western art, such as gilded copper and silver thread.


Other Chinese lots on sale at the May 18 auction, include a pair of sang de boeuf large bottle vases, which carry a pre-sale estimate of between £500 and £800. The deep red vases are on round feet and carved hardwood stands, and stand 43cm high. 


A Chinese silver dressing table set embossed with dragons, including brushes and a mirror, has been valued at between £300 and £500.  


A pair of Chinese relief-carved and gilt-decorated wood panels carry a pre-sale estimate of between £300 and £500. They feature warriors on horseback, and figures in a landscape, and pagodas, each measures 77.5cm x 21.5cm.


A striking late 19th century / early 20th century Japanese carved ivory ball featuring a design of many fish has been valued at between £250 and £350. It measures 5cm diameter.


Lovers of jade will be intrigued by a jade brush washer and a jade belt buckle in the auction. 


The Chinese green and brown mottled jade brush washer, in the form of a lily pad, is valued at between £150 and £250. It is 13.5cm wide. Asian art surrey


The pale celadon jade belt buckle, also of Chinese origin, in the form of a dragon with a smaller bifid dragon on top of it, has been estimated at between £200 and £300. It is 10.5cm long.


Live internet bidding through and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.


If you have items to consign for sale for this or any future auctions, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Or just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on 01483 223101. There is plenty of parking on site.