• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 29 September 2022



NEW YORK - Christie’s is honored to present a dedicated sale of works from the gallery of one of the most important connoisseurs and dealers in fine Chinese art. The live auction will encompass Chinese ceramics and works of art from the Shang through the Qing dynasties, and will be complemented by an online sale of the gallery’s world-class library. Both sales will take place in March, 2023 in New York. These auctions will celebrate the legacy and significant contribution to the field of Chinese art made by J.J. Lally & Co. For nearly four decades J. J. Lally & Co. presented pieces of the highest caliber to the most prominent collectors and museums worldwide. J.J. Lally & Co.’s carefully planned exhibitions and impeccably researched catalogues solidified the impeccable reputation of the gallery and the esteemed dealer who created it.

Highlights of the live auction include a very rare Guan bottle vase formerly in the collection of Carl Kempe,  a very rare ‘peacock feather’-glazed mallet vase, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1735), a remarkable imperial fahua ‘dragon’ jar, guan, Chenghua-Hongzhi period, late 15th century, and a rare imperial gilt-bronze bell, bian zhong, Kangxi inscription corresponding to 1713.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). 

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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