Antique Markets in China
Beijing Antique Market is located at No.21, South Road, Sanhuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Beijing Panjiayuan Antique Market, known as "Jingsong Folk Arts Flea Market," is located next to the old "Beijing Antique Market."
Shanghai Antique Market is located at Fuyou Road area, Shanghai. Many antique stores and shops are here.
Sichuan Antique Market is located at Huanhua Park, Songxian Bridge area, Chengdu, Sichuan.
Zhengzhou Antique Market is divided into two halves in Zhengzhou, Henan.
Tianjin Antique Market is located at No.30, Shuige Street, Nankai District, Tianjin.
Kunming Antique Market is located at Huguo Bridge, Kunming, China.
Guangzhou Xiguan Antique Market is located at West Road, Longjin District, Guangzhou, China.
Hangzhou Antique Market is located at the Qinghe Fan, Wushan Square, Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
What Determines the Value of a Chinese Art Work
Authenticity/Originality is the most important value feature. However, as far as Chinese art is concerned, sometimes, the value of a fine reproduction of an original work by a good old hand may exceed the value of an original new work by a less capable hand.
The rank of an artist among his equals determines the value of his works: However, a famous artist does not always produce masterpieces. A fine Chinese art work by a less known artist does not mean less valuable.
- The quality of an art work determines the value.
The subject matter of an art work affects the value. In Chinese fine arts, landscape painting ranks higher than figure painting, figure painting ranks higher flower and bird. The visual appeal of a painting entices the potential buyers.
The size of a painting or calligraphy has less influence on the value. However, value of a work is measured by its size seems to play a major role in most auction houses.
The medium of a Chinese fine art does affect the value. In general, a hanging scroll is better than a hand scroll; a handscroll is better than a fan painting; a silk painting is better than a paper painting, etc.
- The condition of an art work affects the value.
The rarity of an art work in the current art market determines the value. The rare the better.
A larger-sized art work does not mean a higher value. The quality of an art work plays a significant role in valuation.
Buy small and buy quality is the best investment policy.
What to Buy
Buying Fine Porcelains of the Republican Period Is Promising. It is reported that the price of fine porceplain items of this period has gone up Ten Times in Five Years. Paying attention to the masterpieces is always wise. Trying not to be tempted by jars with a Chinese character, "Happiness," ornamentation is a must. Buyers should also avoid less than perfect items.
Buying Chinese Paintings by Female Artists Has Potentials. This can be an attractive market for new collectors and collectors with a smaller budget. Chinese paintings by seventeen Chinese woman artists of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) were first auctioned as a group during the first weekend of September 2006 in Beijing. Paticipated female artists are Li Ying, Ma Quan, Qian Yuling, and Liao Jiahui, etc. Subject matters focus on flowers, bird, and female figures. In 2004, a Chinse flower painting by Yan Yan of the Song dynasty (918-960) was sold for 275,000 yuan (US$34,375) in Shanghai. The painting of "Five Hundred Arhats" by Liao Jiahui reached 66,000 RMB (US$8,250) in September 2006 in Beijing. Another flower and Rock painting by the same artist was sold for 36,000 HK$ (US$4,600) in Hong Kong in 2005. The smoothly rising statistics suggest that the value of Classical Chinese Paintings by Female Chinese artist continues to increase in the coming years.
Buying Chinese Fan Paintings by Fine Artists Is Wise. Chinse art market analysists predict that classical Chinese fan painting has strong potentials. Chinese art collectors should pay attention to the performance of ancient Chinese fan paintings in the Chinese art market. Starting from the second of 2003, ancient Chinese painting in fan format presented itself as a strong candidate for Chinese art collectors. A fan painting by Wang Jian (1598-1677), Pine Trees in Valley, was sold for 770,000 RMB (US$96,250) in Beijing. A Chinese fan paintings painted or calligraphied by eight Chinese masters of the Ming Dynasty reached 101.200 RMB (US$12,650) in May 2004 in Beijing. In December 2004, a Chinese figure painting in the fan format by famous Chinese artist of the Yuan dyansty (1269-1368) Liu Guanda (fl.1280) was sold for 2420,000 (US$ 30,250), breaking the record of the artist in auction sales.
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