Dealers in Chinese Antique porcelain and works of art, from the Ming period ( 1368 - 1644 ) and Ching periods ( 1644 - 1912 ).


Richard Peters carried on the family business of dealing in general antiques in the early 1980’s. He developed a fascination for Chinese ceramics and works of art soon after and realised that to enhance his understanding of this field, he should attend the major auctions in Hong Kong where the finest of the finest had been offered to the market since the early 1970’s.

Over the last three decades he regularly viewed these major sales, to develop his understanding and appreciation of the finest of Chinese ceramics and works of art.

His passion developed studying Ming and Ching ceramics as well as objects of art. This part of the market has seen dramatic price increases the last three decades, especially for the high end Imperial Ming and Ching wares.

There is however a recent price surge in late pieces, particularly rarities from the Daoguang period 1821 – 1850 and Republic period.

Richard Peters has the know how to show clients the appreciation of a worthy investment, understanding and appreciating the sophistication of a fine piece,

Purchasing from Richard is an honest and trustworthy experience, that can be built on for the future.

Item sold by Richard Peters


This is not an easy answer because it’s not one thing, it’s a combination when applied together builds a giant of an object.



A large percentage of a value depends on condition, there are very few objects that have come onto the market, that are highly valuable with serious damage, this includes the potting of an object whether warped or misshapen.


A rare shape enhances an object, every collector wants a rarity  that few others have.


The strength of colour and precision of colour applied is important to understanding how an object is rare, perfection in glaze, shape, shape rarity with potting perfection, is a major matter when determining it`s value.


Understanding the rarity of decoration combined with a lustrous glaze, is paramount when combined with the above.


A great mark on a fine object, understanding how the differant groups marks are drawn or incised is a neccessary study. The later copies of marks is not a difficult task. Some very fine objects have weak marks, knowing the differance is a good starting point.


While every dynasty has its own style of decoration, shape and colour. The above five evaluations makes a fine investment when purchasing the ultimate in Chinese art. It is not easy to find all five combinations but as less and less genuine items come onto the market some minor defects have become acceptable if one wants to build a varied collection of Chinese art. A valuation can be reached at almost any condition but to be able to offer a collection through the major markets, try to buy the pieces with the least problems.

All enquiries are most welcome. Richard is at your service to offer advice wether your interested in one piece, or want a guiding hand building a worthy investment in Fine Ming and Ching Ceramics and works of art.

Richard Peters

Antique Chinese Porcelain