Department of 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 valuations 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 katanas, Korean pottery, Tibetan gilt bronze, Nepalese gilt bronze, Gandhara art, thangka, Chinese painting, Japanese painting, Korean painting, tribal art, oceanic art, Maori sculptures, 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 deals with Asian and tribal art along the long stretch of history from the Neolithic to the contemporary era. Its field of interest includes painting, sculpture and decorative arts produced in China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia, India, Central Asia, Middle East (Islamic cultures), Africa, Oceania, pre-Columbian America.

Its staff awaits the study, cataloguing, evaluation and placement on the Italian and foreign markets of Asian and tribal art for sale, both for the enchanting trade and in the form of private negotiation, the latter for pieces of particularly high economic and historical artistic 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, Art and Dossier, no. 326, Giunti, Florence 2015.
The masks of the soul. 30 masks of Japanese theatre, 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. Evoluzioni del gusto per l'esotico in Italia dal XIV al XIX secolo, CentroDi, Firenze 2009 (Italian 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.

Sōtatsu, Andō, Utamaro, Hokusai et Hiroshige, Paris 2008.

The Scalabrino collection. Oriental porcelain and European majolica, Sillabe, Livorno 2006.

Utamaro, 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

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Auction 74 - Asian Art

Asian art, from archaic Chinese bronzes to Indonesian and Vietnamese painting of the twentieth century
Rome, January 16, 2020

Auction 64 - ECLECTIC

Asian, tribal, American art from private Italian collections
Rome, June 11, 2019

Auction 57 - Asian Art

Asian art from private Italian collections
Netsuke. The Vito Taverna Collection
Rome, 11 December 2018

Auction 53 - Asian Art

London, 9 November 2018