As the market leader in Korean art, Christie's has contributed to the growth of the market that covers ceramics, screens, hanging scrolls, contemporary paintings, lacquer and folk art. Christie's holds numerous auction records, including $8,417,500 for an iron-decorated dragon jar sold in 1996. Areas of interest to collectors are Choson period ceramics, folk art and contemporary art. Christie's holds two auctions of Korean Art a year in New York.
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Katsura Yamaguchi’s career at Christie’s began in 1992 in London followed by several years as a Japanese Art Specialist in Christie’s Tokyo office. In 2000, he joined the New York team as a Senior Specialist in the Japanese and Korean Works of Art Department and was appointed Department Head in April 2004. His numerous responsibilities include new business development, appraisals, research and cataloguing, while overseeing the daily operations of the department. Mr. Yamaguchi holds a B.A. from Rikkyo (St. Paul’s) University in Tokyo in Japonisme, the study of the influence of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints on Impressionist, Art Nouveau, and early 20th Century art. He is also a member of the American Ukiyo-e Society and has served as the Director of the International Ukiyo-e Society for two years.
Heakyum Kim came to Christie's with a background in French paintings and decorative arts, then switched to handling Korean art. During her tenure she has helped organize the firm's semi-annual sales of Korean works of art in New York, and has been instrumental in the opening of Christie's first office in Korea in 1995. A highly knowledgeable client advisor on Korean art, Ms. Kim played a key role in Christie's tremendously successful sale in 1996, when a rare and important iron-decorated dragon jar sold for $8.4 million, setting a world auction record for both a Korean work of art and an Asian work of art. That auction record still stands today. Ms. Kim holds a B.A. and a M.F.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. and a M.A. from the Cooper Hewitt Museum and Parsons Graduate School, both in New York.