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With nearly 30 years of experience in field, 24 of which have been at Christie’s, Pola Antebi has made substantial contributions to Christie’s and to the field of Chinese ceramics and works of art, helping to secure Christie's position as the premier auction house for the sale of the finest imperial Chinese works of art. As one of the first employees of Christie’s Hong Kong, when it opened its doors in 1986, Ms. Antebi has witnessed first-hand the remarkable development of not only Chinese art and auctions in Asia, but played a crucial role in expanding Christie’s footprint in Asia, which today include 11 offices around the region. She was appointed Head of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department in 1999, a position she held for 13 years, and established Christie’s Hong Kong as the auction house of choice for collectors of Chinese works of art, with sales totals in her category growing from US$11 million in 1998 to a record total of US$233 million in 2010. In 2012 she was promoted to International Director for the Chinese Works of Art department and is responsible for sourcing, marketing and promoting works for sales Hong Kong, New York, London and Paris. With expertise in Imperial ceramics, jades and works of art from the Yuan to theQing Dynasties (14th-19th Centuries) Ms. Antebi travels extensively and conducts appraisals and consults for an extensive network of institutions and private collectors. Ms. Antebi holds degrees in Art History and French Literature from the University of Vermont in the United States.
Chi-Fan Tsang is Vice President and Specialist Head, Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Department, based in Hong Kong. Hong Kong-born and UK-educated, Chi-Fan joined Christie’s London Chinese department in 1993. Seconded to Christie’s Hong Kong in 1997 to work in the specialist field, Chi-Fan assisted with the cataloguing and curating of a number of prestigious private collections. Her specialist knowledge includes early Ming and Qing dynasties ceramics, Buddhist sculptures, scholars’ objects and jade carvings. As a bilingual speaker Chi-Fan has played a key role in the development of the Chinese Art market in Greater China. Chi-Fan’s specialist knowledge, experience and thorough understanding of the Asian market enabled her to gain a substantial influence in a client advisory role for both private and institutional Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese collectors. For a number of years, Chi Fan has had her own Chinese art byline in the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s leading newspaper. She holds a Masters degree in Chinese Art and Archeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Sherese Tong is Junior Specialist in the Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Department, based in Hong Kong. Hong Kong-raised and US- and UK-educated, Sherese began her career at Christie’s in 2010, and joined the department in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA and a Master of Letters in Arts of China from Christie’s Education, University of Glasgow. Sherese is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Lin began her career at Christie’s Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department in 2010, first in Hong Kong before joining the New York office. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Cornell University with minors in business and nutritional studies, and a Master degree in Arts of China from Christie’s Education, London. A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Lin is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and served as a docent at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.
Jeremy Morgan is Director and International Specialist, Europe based at our London King Street salerooms. Jeremy graduated in 1991 with a B.A.(Hons.) 2:1 degree in Business Studies. He has used his extensive skills in this area, in unison with his love and passion of Chinese ceramics and works art, to raise the South Kensington sales to an International level. With eighteen years of experience within this department he has seen all categories and areas of Chinese art successfully sold, including "the voice of Wimbledon" from the Max Robertson collection focusing on 17th Century Chinese porcelain in 1995, right through to the Von Oertzen collection of Chinese and Islamic Jade in 2008 and 2009 , and the Dr. Neil Kendall collection of 20th Century Chinese porcelain offered in 2010 and 2011.
An internationally recognized authority on Chinese ceramics with over 30 years' experience in Chinese art, Ms. Scott has been an academic advisor to Christie's since 1997, working in Europe, Asia and America. She was instrumental in expanding Christie's educational programs in Asian art, lecturing and conducting scholarly research for Christie's Asian art sales worldwide as well as for a series of non-commercial projects. She holds an honours degree in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she went on to undertake post-graduate research into early lacquer and its relation to other materials. Ms. Scott's career has spanned various important positions in her chosen field, including deputy keeper of the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, with curatorial responsibility for Oriental art; curator of the Percival David Foundation, University of London; and head of the Museums Department of School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, with responsibility, for both the David Foundation and the Brunei Gallery. She has also undertaken teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and published numerous books, catalogues, and articles in scholarly journals, primarily on Chinese ceramics, lacquer and silk textiles.
Pedram first joined Christies South Kensington in 1994 as a porter. He then later moved into the Asian department in 1998 as a junior specialist and at this time, also ran the Islamic sales in South Kensington due to his Iranian background and extensive knowledge of the art. At the end of 2004, Pedram came over to the Chinese department in King Street as a specialist, and was part of the team that sold the Van Hemert Jar, which achieved the world-record price for a Chinese ceramic at the time. In 2010, he took the role of Head of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department in King Street. With his 18 years of experience and knowledge in the field of Chinese Ceramics and Works of art, he has headed many successful sales of private collections and record achieving ceramics and works of art. He is fluent in English and Farsi.
Marco Almeida is Director and International Specialist, Europe, of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, based in London. Born in Brazil and educated in Europe, Marco started his career at a different auction house in 2000. Joining Christie's in 2008 as a Specialist, Marco has worked on sourcing, cataloguing and curating a number of prestigious collections. Marco's specialist knowledge include Ming and Qing ceramics, jade carvings from the Neolithic to the late Qing period and scholar's objects. As International Specialist, Marco's primary role is to source property across Europe for sales globallyA and develop strong links with collectors and museum curators. Marco holds a Masters degree in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London; and he is fluent in Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.
Ivy joined the Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Department at Christie’s King Street in 2010. She is responsible for cataloguing and researching property, and works with the senior specialists to assist them with appraisals and business-getting. Her Chinese language skills have been particularly useful for conducting research, translating inscriptions, deciphering seal script, and working with Chinese clients. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has experience of working in art galleries and academic institutions in Hong Kong and the UK, including White Cube in London. She obtained her Joint Honours BA in History and Art History from the University of Nottingham, and completed her Master’s degree in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, with a specific focus on Chinese ceramics. Her main areas of interest, apart from ceramics, also include jades, scholar’s objects, and paintings. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Cherrei Yuan Tian joined Christie’s in 2010 and is an Associate specialist in the Chinese Ceramics & works of art department. Her primary area of responsibility lies with the department’s bi-annual sales of Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art and she specializes in the fields of classical and modern Chinese painting, literati and scholar’s objects. Cherrei was born and educated in Beijing but completed her studies in the UK after moving to England in 2002. Her fascination for Asian art grew from her artistic background and early interest in art & design. She studied at London’s prestigious Central St Martin’s art college from 2004 to 2009 where she completed a BA and Master’s degrees in Graphic & Communication Design. During this time she also gained valuable experience within the field of Chinese art at Beijing’s National Museum and Palace Museum. Before joining Christie’s she worked as a freelance journalist for television and various magazines, reporting on the art market. She is fluent in Mandarin and English and has an excellent knowledge of Japanese.
Kate Hunt joined Christie’s South Kensington as a specialist in the Chinese and Asian Art department in 2012. She works closely with head of department Jeremy Morgan on the bi-annual Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles auctions and Chinese Interiors sales. Before joining Christie’s she spent five years as an Asian art dealer at London firm Spink & Son focusing on Chinese ceramics and works of art. She worked with high profile clients including museums and developed international sales in south-east Asia, Europe, USA and Hong Kong. She also lectured on Chinese art both in the gallery and at the Percival David Foundation. Kate has an in-depth knowledge of the international Asian art market having spent recent years researching and writing journalistic auction features for specialist publications including the award-winning Antiques Trade Gazette and Orientations. Her academic background is grounded within the field of Asian art. She was a scholarship student on SOAS/Sotheby’s postgraduate Asian art course and completed a Masters degree in Asian art at SOAS where she specialized in Chinese ceramics.
Denise Li joined Christie’s South Kensington in 2010 and is a junior specialist in the Chinese and Asian Art department. Her primary focus lies in cataloguing the ten annual Chinese Interiors sales and she supports her colleagues on the bi-annual Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles auctions. Denise has an MA in Artefact Studies from University College London where she focused on Chinese archaeology completing her dissertation on Chinese Neolithic jades. She also holds a BA Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Toronto. During this time she worked with a team of archaeologists in Toronto and overseas. Before joining Christie’s she gained valuable experience of the museum world. She was involved in the British Museum’s 2009 exhibition of archaic Chinese bronzes, Treasures from Shanghai, and other museum internships include a spell at the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. Denise is fluent in English, Cantonese and French and has an excellent working knowledge of Mandarin.
As Vice President, Senior Specialist in Chinese Works of Art, Mr. Engle is responsible for researching, appraising and cataloguing property. Prior to joining Christie's, Mr. Engle worked in the Collections and Curatorial Departments at the Pacific Asia Museum in California. He maintained a database of the museum's entire collection of over 15,000 objects, with a particular emphasis on Chinese ceramics, paintings and works of art, and was responsible for their documentation, photography, cataloguing, dating and translation. He also worked as a Curator for the Museum. He holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the California State University at Northridge
Anthena Zonars began her career at Christie’s in 1985. Her numerous responsibilities include new business development, appraisals, research and cataloguing, while she also oversees the day-to-day operations of the department. Ms. Zonars holds a B.A. in Art History from Boston University and an M.A. in Chinese Art and Archaeology from Columbia University. She also studied Modern Art and Museum Management at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. Ms. Zonars speaks Mandarin Chinese has an in-depth knowledge of Chinese textiles
Michael Bass joined Christie’s in July 2000 and has since worked closely on the sales of the Falk Collection, The Evelyn Annenberg Hall Collection, The J & J Collection of Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, and The Arthur M. Sackler Collections, among others. Mr. Bass is currently a Vice President and Co-Head of the Chinese Works of Art Department in New York. In this role he has overseen sales such as The Sze Yuan Tang Archaic Bronzes from the Anthony Hardy Collection and Magnificent Qing Monochrome Porcelains and Earlier Works of Art from the Gordon Collection, which achieved a world-record price for a Qing monochrome porcelain at US$7.9 million. Prior to joining Christie’s, Mr. Bass worked in the Department of Asian Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art, Harvard University. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the History of Art from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Asian Art from the University of Kansas.
Nick Wilson is Vice President and Senior Specialist of Christie’s Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Department, based in New York. Mr. Wilson joined the Asian Art Department at Christie’s South Kensington in 1999. Here he gained invaluable experience as the department was cataloguing and and selling over 10,000 objects each year. In 2006 Mr. Wilson was seconded to Christie’s Hong Kong for 7 years where he focused on Chinese ceramics, jades, lacquers and scholar’s objects of the Ming and Qing dynasties. In his role as specialist and head of sale, Mr. Wilson helps to source objects for sale from around the world, with a primary focus on Japan and Europe as well as overseeing the cataloguing, marketing, and exhibition design. He has helped to coordinate the sale of a number of important single-owner collections, including the sales of Important Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, lacquers from the Lee Family Collection and the Songzhutang Collection of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings. Born in Geneva and educated in the UK, Mr. Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and German Literature from King’s College in London and has a post-graduate diploma in Mandarin from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Margaret Gristina, Associate Vice President, Specialist, joined Christie’s Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department in January, 2012. Prior to joining Christie’s, Ms. Gristina served as the Director of The Chinese Porcelain Company for over ten years. While there she developed her expertise in Chinese porcelain, pottery and works of art, with a focus on objects of the 17th and 18th centuries. She was responsible for exhibition development and overall gallery management, and authored over twenty fully-researched exhibition catalogues. She served on the board of The National Antique and Art Dealers of America from 2001-2005. In 2007 Ms. Gristina followed other pursuits as a private consultant and writer, including co-authoring four volumes on Chinese export porcelain entitled, Portugal in Porcelain from China; 500 Years of Trade (2008-2011, Art Books Ltd., London). In 2008 she was entrusted with organizing the property and Chinese export porcelain collection of The Estate of Khalil Rizk for auction in New York.
Michelle Cheng joined Christie’s Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Department in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Prior to joining Christie’s, she worked for several years as the gallery manager at The Chinese Porcelain Company in New York. In 2010-2011, she took a one year sabbatical in Barcelona, Spain where she developed architectural and gastronomy-based walking tours for the American-based company, Context Travel.
Mathilde Courteault joined Christie’s 10 years ago as a specialist in Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, becoming head of the department in 2008. Ms. Courteault has a wide range of skills and experience, having worked as a furniture restorer in Barcelona, Spain for 6 months before working as assistant for Vincent Debiar in public relations for a year representing such brands as Moschino, the Italian-based retail/fashion company. She also worked in the marketing department of Lycos in Boston, USA, and gained valuable experience working in several art galleries in Paris, including Galerie Jacques Barrère. Ms. Courteault graduated with a Masters of Modern History and Masters of History of Art from The Sorbonne, Paris, where she specialized in Asian art. She also holds a DESS in Luxury Industry and Art Market Management from the University Paris X Nanterre and attended a Management and Leadership Program with the Oxford Group. She is fluent in French and English and Spanish.
Prior to joining Christie’s, Mrs. Lenain began her career in 1998 with Thierry Portier in Paris before moving to New York in 2000 to work in Christie’s Japanese Art Department. In 2003, Géraldine relocated to Beijing and worked for China Guardian where she was the first Western specialist in Chinese ceramics and works of art to join a Chinese auction house in mainland China. In 2006, she took the role of Head of the Asian Art Department for Sotheby’s and launched their first Asian auction in Paris in June 2007. She then spent three years working at the National Museums of Asian Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Géraldine Lenain wrote the first biography on the major Asian dealer C.T.Loo (1880-1957) that will be published in 2013. With her 13 years of knowledge in the Asian fine arts and her wealth of international experience in Asia and the West, Géraldine Lenain plays a significant role in furthering the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art department’s global growth. Raised in Hong Kong, Mrs. Lenain is French and completed her Masters in Art History at the Sorbonne in Paris. She speaks French, English and Mandarin.