The Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department offers a broad range of three-dimensional artworks spanning from the Neolithic period to the early 20th century Republic period. With sales taking place twice a year in New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris as well as regular sales at South Kensington, Christie’s specialist team works together with clients to ensure that pieces are sold in the most appropriate location given the differing tastes of each market.
Christie’s remains the auction house of choice for the most important private and institutional collections that have been sold in recent years, including Properties from the Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein Collection, Fine Ceramics from the Greenwald Collection, Important Chinese Lacquers from the Lee Family Collection, Property from the Ping Y. Tai Foundation, Magnificent Clocks from the Nezu Museum, the Robert Chang Collection of Imperial Porcelain, the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection of Jades, bamboo carvings from the Gerard Hawthorn Collection, Properties from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, archaic bronzes from the Anthony Hardy Collection, Property from the Blumenfield Collection, the Falk Collection, the C. Ruxton and B. Love Collection and cloisonné enamels from the Amezaga Collection, all of which were record breaking sales in their respective categories.
Christie’s team of Chinese art specialists is unique in its combination of academic expertise and passion for the field, which leads to strong and trusted client relationships and exceptional results in our salerooms. The extensive experience of our team, averaging over 20 years in the field for our senior specialists, has helped to build strong levels of understanding and trust between our specialists and clients worldwide, which contributes to our long and distinguished record of success. Our specialists in Hong Kong, New York, Paris and London are in constant communication, working together as a team to successfully offer the greatest collections to come to market. Our Chinese art specialists have a depth of expertise and experience that is unparalleled.
Among recent outstanding successes was the series of sales held in Hong Kong in December 2010, achieving a record HK$1.13 billion (US$146 million) and selling 27 lots at over US$1 million, by far the most successful sale of Chinese art ever held at Christie’s worldwide. Record sales were seen in nearly every location including overwhelming successes in New York, Paris and London firmly establishing Christie’s as market leaders in the field of Chinese ceramics and works of art.
Rare works of art with traceable provenance and in good condition continue to generate record prices. Christie’s Chinese works of art team pride themselves in leading the way both in traditional collecting categories but also in developing new categories and bringing new collecting opportunities to our clients.
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