Asian and Tribal Art

Asian and Tribal Art

Sell and buy at auction or by private treaty (private rooms) works and objects of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South East Asian, Indian, Islamic cultures, African tribal, oceanic and pre-Columbian art.

Free appraisals and appraisals of: Chinese porcelain, netsuke, Japanese prints, Ukiyo-e, Chinese jade, Buddhist sculpture, Chinese cloisonné, Japanese lacquerware, Indian art, Thai art, Islamic art, Cambodian art, Khmer art, Persian miniature, Japanese katana, Korean ceramics, Tibetan gilded bronze, Nepalese gilded bronze, Gandhara art, thangka, Chinese painting, Japanese painting, Korean painting, tribal art, oceanic art, Maori sculpture, aboriginal painting, contemporary Chinese art, contemporary Indonesian painting, calligraphy, Chinese seals, ancient Chinese ivories, ancient rhinoceros horn objects, Japanese ceramics, Qing dynasty art, Ming dynasty art, Hindu sculpture, Jain sculpture, tribal masks.

Under the direction of Francesco Morena, the department treats Asian and tribal art covering the long stretch of history from Neolithic to contemporary times. Included in its sphere of interest are painting, sculpture, and decorative arts produced in China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, India, Central Asia, the Middle East (Islamic cultures), Africa, Oceania, and pre-Columbian America.

His department's staff awaits the study, cataloging, appraisal and placement on the Italian and foreign markets of Asian and tribal art on consignment, either for auction trade or in the form of private negotiation, the latter for pieces of particularly high economic and art historical value.

The department also offers a specialist appraisal service.

A selection of Asian and tribal art objects of various price ranges is available at the department and can be purchased out of auction.

A scholar of Far Eastern languages and civilizations, Francesco Morena has been involved in the cataloguing of important public and private collections of Asian art, he has curated catalogues of exhibitions, conventions, conferences and numerous publications to his credit. A keen connoisseur of the dynamics of the market in the sector, he has collaborated with the Eastern art departments of numerous auction houses.

Among his publications:
  • Hokusai Dossier of Art and Dossier, no. 326, Giunti, Florence 2015.Masks of the Soul. 30 masks of Japanese theater, with R. Marangoni, Renzo Freschi, Milan 2015.
  • The Prince and Japanese art. A selection of works from the collection of the Museum of Anthropology of Padua, Treviso 2015.
  • Japanese eroticism the secret pleasures, Florence 2009.
  • Chinoiserie. Evolutions of the taste for the exotic in Italy from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, CentroDi, Florence 2009 (it. ed. and English ed.)
  • Hiroshige Dossier di Art e Dossier, n. 254, Giunti, Florence 2009.
  • Arte Cinese Dossier di Art e Dossier, n. 242, Giunti, Florence 2008.
  • Ukiyo-e, Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige Florence 2007; French edition Ukiyo-e ou l'estampe japonaise.
  • Sotatsu, Ando, Utamaro, Hokusai et Hiroshige, Paris 2008.
  • The Scalabrino collection. Oriental porcelain and European majolica, Sillabe, Livorno 2006.
  • Utamaro Dossier di Art & Dossier, n. 224, Giunti, Florence 2006.
  • Hokusai Artist's Vine, Giunti 2006.
  • From the East Indies to the Court of Tuscany. Collections of Chinese and Japanese art at Palazzo Pitti, Giunti Editore, Florence 2005.
Francesco Morena

Francesco Morena

Head of Department
Ludovico Durante

Ludovico Durante