The Heber R. Bishop (1840-1902) Collection
The Anderson Galleries, New York, early 1900s
Sold at Bonhams London, 11 July 2005, lot 58
THE PROPERTY FROM THE ROBERT CHANG COLLECTION
This year Mr. Robert Chang celebrates his 90th birthday, while Christie’s Hong Kong is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. In the past 50 years many of the finest examples of Chinese art to come onto the market have passed through the hands of Mr. Chang, who is one of the most pre-eminent collectors and dealers in the field. Born in Suzhou, at an early age Mr. Chang moved to Shanghai where his father owned a well-known antique business. After 1949, Mr. Chang relocated to Hong Kong and there established highly successful businesses in textiles and antiques, while putting together one of the most remarkable collections of Chinese art. Heads always turn
whenever Mr. Chang enters an auction room in his timeless dashing outfits. He sits in the front row and bids steadfastly which instantly energises any room.
Heber R. Bishop (1840-1902) was a New York banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist, most notably recognised for his jade collection, which was the first and largest collection of Chinese jades in the latter half of the 19th century in America. He formed his collection partly through the help of Stephen Bushell, who wrote extensively on Chinese art and ceramics. He bequeathed his jade collection
of over 900 pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Colorful, Elegant, and Exquisite- A Special Exhibition of Imperial Enamel Ware from Mr. Robert Chang's Collection, Suzhou, 2007, pp. 50-51.
Suzhou Museum, Colorful, Elegant, and Exquisite- A Special Exhibition of Imperial Enamel Ware from Mr. Robert Chang's Collection, 28 December 2007-8 May 2008, catalogue, pp. 50-51.