Sales – Buy and Sell

Sales & Catalogues

Our specialist Chinese antiques sales catalogues are available online about two weeks before the sale.

Online Viewing
All our auctions are on view at least one week prior to the sale.

Condition Reports
We are happy to give condition reports on all items available for sale. All measurements are measured, but approximate. Image colour and quality is not necessarily completely accurate.

How to Register Bid at our Action
All buyers must register with us before they can buy at our sales. Once your registration is complete, you will be given a permanent buying number which can be used in all future sales.
Please remember to provide photo identification when registering with us.
Your passport or driving license and a proof of name and home address.
You can register by contacting us via phone or email found on our contact page.

Leaving a Commission Bid
If you are unable to attend our auction either in person or online, you may leave a bid, which will be passed onto our sale auctioneer. Please be reminded to make sure you are registered with us before leaving commission bids.

Telephone Bidding
It is possible to bid over the phone during a live auction. As above, make sure your registered then let us know which item you would like to bid on before the sale is on.

Buyer’s Premium
Each lot bought is subjected to a buyer’s premium of 20% + VAT on the first £500,000 of the hammer price. A 10% charge + VAT for any lot sold over £500,000.
VAT All lots bought are subject to a VAT charge.

Payment and Clearance
Payment is due immediately after the auction in pounds sterling. If you are a first time buyer we will need your name, address and bank details and will require funds to be cleared before purchases can be released.
The following methods of payment are accepted:
Bank transfer, debit and credit cards payable via our payment link in the invoice email and cash (up to the equivalent of 8800 Euros)


We do offer in-house packing and shipping to UK and international addresses on majority of items which are not overly large or fragile. Please feel free to call or email us to arrange packing and shipping on your items! 

We ship items in well-packed boxes with sufficient packing and protection. Although we do our best in packing items, we cannot add insurance for any loss or damages. We use next day tracked courier services for UK shipments. If you do need to add insurance cover then please contact a third party shipping company – A few are listed below. 

A few professional couriers who can collect and arrange shipping with optional insurance cover are listed below with contact details.


1. Pack & Send 


Tel: 00 44 (0) 1189584498

2. ZIXIS FINE ART (Recommend shipping to China)



Tel: 00 44 (0) 7873 981 026

3Mailboxes etc Bath 


Tel: 00 44 (0) 1225 483777

4. Jentel Packing 


Tel:  00 44 (0)1268 776777


Selling at Ma San Auction

Before the auction:
You will receive notification of the lot numbers of your property and a link to the online catalogue, usually about one to two weeks before the sale. You can follow and watch the auction live online.

Selling Charges
A standard commission charge of 12% + VAT will be added to lots sold with us.
Free valuations are offered on your items. Please look at our Valuations tab for more information.

The reserve price
We usually recommend that your goods are sold at the auctioneers’ discretion, which gives us a 10% leeway on the lower estimate printed in the catalogue. Alternatively we are happy to agree a fixed reserve price below which we will not sell. 

Settlement will be made usually within 4 weeks of the sale. Subject to normal business conditions and the speed of payment from the buyer.
Insurance is charged at 1.5% (+ VAT) of hammer price.