Eastern Artifacts: Eastern art and culture inspire and excite collectors in the West

This 16th century copper alloy figure of Syamatara, a bodhisattva dressed in bejeweled raiment inlaid with many turquoise cabochons, sold for $32,500 (against an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000) at Bonhams Oct. 2, 2012. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)

Asian art in any form offers a unique blend of the decorative and the functional. The richness of the materials and treatments utilized transforms even “everyday” objects into dazzling works of art. Among the myriad of items receiving this Cinderella treatment: bowls, vases, planters, chess sets, snuff bottles, rugs, robes, tapestries, tables, trays, jars, screens, incense burners, cabinets and tea caddies. Even a simple item such an oil lamp could be reborn through imaginative artistry: a Chinese version from the 1920s, its exterior worked in cloisonné, emerged as a colorful, ferocious dragon. Read More +