The State of the Chinese Art Market: Strong With Subtle Nuances

The Year of the Tiger is off to an auspicious start with the wildly successful auction results of Asia Week in New York City from March 16-25, 2022. Attendees were celebrating being back in person, buying enthusiastically, reflecting the overall current strong market for Chinese works of art, both ancient and contemporary.

Tina Zonars, Co-Chairman …

The Market and Valuation of Ivory Objects

In the areas of Asian and African art, objects made from elephant ivory are quite commonplace, in particular, Japanese okimono (sculptures), and netsuke (a small carved ornament/toggle), and human figures from China, and animals from Africa.

  Ivory is a challenging area to value for two reasons: First, it is difficult to date; and second, …

New Rulings on Ivory Trade Affecting Appraisers, Antique Dealers, Collectors, Museums

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final ruling and revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding the African Elephant taking effect on June 6, 2016.
The almost complete ban on elephant ivory trading takes into account activities that do not contribute to elephant poaching and illegal trade in ivory while ensuring that …

What’s the Big Deal About Ai Weiwei?

Toronto has been invaded by the art work of Ai Weiwei. His bronze sculptural installation at Nathan Philips Square of Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (a reinterpretation of the originals looted from the Old Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860), and the exhibition “According to What?” at the Art Gallery of Ontario, have permeated the …