Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific, International Director
Drawing from over 30 years of professional experience, Pola Antebi is a global ambassador representing Christie’s in its operations around the world from her base in Hong Kong. As one of the most senior Chinese ceramics and works of art specialists in the firm, Pola regularly meets with prominent collectors, dealers and museum representatives in Asia, Europe and the United States to advise about her market, assist with curation of collections and to secure art works for sale both for auction and private sales.
Pola began her career in the field in New York in the mid-1980’s. Her dedication to further the prominence of Chinese works of art brought her to Asia and she joined Christie’s Hong Kong in 1990. As part of a pioneering team, Pola quickly grew the department, and supported the expansion of Christie’s presence throughout Asia. By 1998 Pola was promoted to Head of department, a role she held for 14 years. During this period of unprecedented growth, she was instrumental in elevating the category globally; her department regularly shattered auction sale records. .
Through her passion, commitment and engagement with notable academics, Pola has made substantial contribution both to Christie’s and to the study of imperial ceramics and works of art, with a personal emphasis on Chinese imperial ceramics, lacquer and jade carvings from the Song to Qing dynasties. .
Pola is also passionate in sharing her knowledge and experience with the younger crop of Christie’s specialist; she actively supports the mentorship program and has initiated a learning and development specialists’ forum which she chairs.
Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific International Director
Chi Fan Tsang is Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific, and International Director of the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department based in Hong Kong. Chi Fan focuses on developing pipeline business in the category as well as advising on the curatorial direction of the auction sales. Hong Kong-born and UK-educated Chi Fan joined the Chinese department at Christie’s London in 1993. Chi Fan relocated to Christie’s Hong Kong in 1997 and began her career as a specialist assisting with cataloguing and curating a number of prestigious private collections. Her specialist knowledge includes early Ming and Qing dynasties ceramics, Chinese Buddhist art, scholars’ objects and jade carvings.
As a bilingual speaker, Chi Fan has played a key role in Christie’s development of the Chinese art market across Greater China. Chi Fan’s specialist expertise, immense experience and deep understanding of the Asian market allowed her to assume a pivotal advisory role for both private and institutional mainland Chinese, Taiwanese and Southeast Asian collectors.
Chi Fan holds a Masters degree in Chinese Art and Archeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is one of the principal founders of the Robert Chang Art Education Charitable Foundation and is one of its directors.
SVP, Senior International Specialist, Head of Department & Head of Private Sales
DATE JOINED CHRISTIES: 2008
BASED IN: Hong Kong
AREAS OF SPECIALTY: International Specialist with knowledge of Ming and Qing ceramics, jade carvings from the Neolithic to the late Qing period and scholar's objects
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Fluent in English, Mandarin, Portugese, Spanish and Italian
VP, Senior Specialist
VP, Senior Specialist Head of Sale
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.
AVP, Senior Specialist
Sherese Tong is Senior Specialist in the Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Department, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai. 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.
Deputy Chairman, Americas & Co-Chairman, Asian Art
Tina Zonars, Deputy Chairman, Americas & Co-Chairman, Asian Art , joined Christie’s in 1983. She was a key figure in several record-breaking sales held at Christie’s, including The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth in 2015 and Important Chinese Art from the Fujita Museum in March 2017, which was the most successful auction of Asian art to date and realized a staggering $262,839,500. Prior to joining Christie’s, Ms. Zonars was awarded a studentship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Boston University and a master’s degree in Chinese art and archaeology at Columbia University.
International Director, SVP
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.
Head of Department, VP, Specialist
Vicki Paloympis has been with Christie’s for ten years, and was instrumental in her work on landmark sales of Chinese Art including The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, The Fujita Museum Collection, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection. At Christie’s, she travels globally to gain consignments for sale, researches and writes for auction catalogues, and appraises private collections. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Art from New York University and a Master’s Degree in the History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia with distinction from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Chinese Studies from The Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Greek.
Head of Sale, AVP, Specialist
Rufus Chen joined Christie’s New York in January 2016. Mr. Chen was instrumental in establishing the department’s Ecommerce channel, and oversaw all the Chinese works of art online sales from 2017 to 2021. In 2019, he led the record-breaking sale, Contemporary Clay: Yixing Pottery from the Irving Collection, the first online sale of contemporary Yixing ware held by an international auction house. He was also responsible for researching and cataloging the Yixing pottery from the collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei which was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong in 2019. During his tenure at Christie’s, Mr. Chen has worked on important single-owner collections such as the Fujita Museum Collection, the Virata Collection of Asian Art, the Junkunc Collection, and the Winston and C.Z. Guest Collection of Chinese art. Prior to joining Christie’s in 2016, Rufus worked at Sotheby’s, artnet and iGavel auctions. He received a B.A. in Art History from Wheaton College and furthered his education in Asian art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and English.
Senior Specialist, SVP
Michelle Cheng joined Christie’s based in New York in 2011 and specializes in Classical Chinese Furniture. She has lead several landmark sales including the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, the Collection of Florence and Herbert Irving, and Masterpieces of Early Chinese Gold and Silver. She was a key member in landing several important Classical Chinese Furniture collections, including The Flacks Family Collection, The Marie Theresa Virata Collection, and the Raymond Hung Collection. Prior to joining Christies, she served as the gallery manager of the Chinese Porcelain Company for three years.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and Master’s degree in Art History from the Institute of Fine Art, New York University.
Senior Specialist, Head of Private sales, Chinese Works of Art, New York
Ms. Gristina joined Christie’s in 2012 and has since worked closely on the sales of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 17th-Century Chinese Porcelains from the Collection of Julia and John Curtis, Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Daniel Shapiro Collection, The Collection of Pierre Durand and J. J. Lally & Co., among others.
Prior to joining Christie’s she served as the Director of The Chinese Porcelain Company in New York for over ten years. While there she developed her expertise in Chinese porcelain and export art, ceramics 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. 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). She served on the board of The National Antique and Art Dealers of America from 2001-2005 and the board of Asia Week New York from 2014-2016.
Lucy Yan joined Christie’s in September 2021. Prior to joining the company, she held curatorial and collections management positions in arts institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, with working proficiency in Italian and German.
Cataloguer & Researcher
Zhengdong Guo joined Christie’s in New York in 2023 as cataloguer and researcher. Prior to joining Christies, he was an independent translator for various publishers on archaeology-related translation projects. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from Shanxi University, China, Master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, and Ph.D. in Archaeology from Boston University.
Director, Head of Department
DATE JOINED CHRISTIE’S: February 2012
BASED IN: London
AREAS OF SPECIALTY: Chinese ceramics, works of art and textiles
NOTABLE PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Spink & Son Ltd, Chinese dealer; Asian art journalist
Head of department
Having graduated in History of Art and Museology from the Ecole du Louvre after a law degree, Tiphaine Nicoul joined Christie’s in 2003. Since then she has developed her department and the success of a number of sales which led to Paris becoming an international market place for Asian art.
Thanks to her twenty years of experience, she was involved in some of the most remarkable sales at Christie’s. In 2006, she achieved exceptional results with Le banquet de la victoire dans les jardins de l’Ouest by Zhang Tingyan and Zhan Kun (€6,000,000). In 2007, she was in charge of the sale of gift bronzes and Chinese enamels from Juan Jose Amezaga’s rare collection (€13,200,000). In 2012, after a bidding war over a unique Guanvin wood sculpture, she realised the highest auction total of the year in France, across all categories (€9,000,000).
Zheng Ma joined the Asian Art department as a Chinese art Specialist at Christie’s Paris in 2013. Over the years, she contributed significantly to the success of the department by bringing in important consignments, including an 18th century handscroll attributed to Gu Quan, sold for €5.58 million in 2015, a Qianlong blue and white Penba ewer in 2016 (€421,500), an important imperial ivory seal from the Wanli period (€475,500), and a rock crystal deer from the personal collection of Coco Chanel, which sold for €162,500 in 2019. Speaking French, English and Chinese fluently, Zheng is also the main contact with Christie’s top Chinese clients in the Paris office.>>>Zheng Ma rejoignit le département d'Art d'Asie en tant que spécialiste en Art Chinois chez Christie's Paris en 2013. Au cours des années, elle contribue beaucoup au succès du département en rassemblant des consignations importantes, notamment une peinture chinoise en rouleau du XVIIIe siècle attribuée à Gu Quan, vendue à 5,58 millions d'euros en 2015, un pichet en porcelaine bleu et blanc de Penba de l'époque Qianlong en 2016 (421 500 €), un grand sceau impérial en ivoire de l'époque Wanli (475 500 €), et un cerf en cristal de roche de la collection privée de Coco Chanel vendu à 162 500€ en 2019. Parlant couramment français, anglais et chinois, Zheng est également le contact principal des importants clients chinois à Paris.
Appointed ‘Commissaire-priseur’ in 2010, Camille de Foresta started her career in an international auction house at the Valuations department, and later joined their Asian Art department.
Camille joined Christie’s Paris in 2016 as Specialist in Asian art, with a focus on business-getting. Helping to establish records, she auctioned a gilt-bronze figure of Buddha from the Liao dynasty for €13.5M in 2016, the Lionel and Danielle Fournier of Himalayan Art in 2018 for a total of €3.5M and a Coromandel screen from the Kangxi period for €2.1M in 2019.
In 2018, she organised the thematic sale Japonism, showing the influence of Japanese art on Western art in the late 19th/early 20th century mixing Japanese prints and works of art with Art nouveau jewellery, Gallé furniture, Nabis paintings, Art Deco lacquer, and more.
Camille is also passionate for fashion and Haute Couture, and was in charge of the sale Rencontres Couture à Paris Collection Didier Ludot in 2015, Catherine Deneuve Yves Saint Laurent : De mode et d’amitié in 2019 and the worldwide record for an Haute Couture piece at auction: the Yves Saint Laurent Sunflowers jacket after Van Gogh sold in 2019 for €382,000.
>>>"Nommée commissaire-priseur en 2010, Camille de Foresta rejoint Christie's Paris au département des Inventaires avant d'intégrer le département d'Art d'Asie. Elle contribue à l'établissement des records du département, notamment en vendant une statue de Boudha en bronze doré de la dynastie Liao pour 13,5 millions d'euros en 2016, la collection privée d'art himalayen de Lionel et Danielle Fournier en 2018 pour un total de 3,5 millions d'euros et un paravent Coromandel de l'époque Kangxi pour 2,1 millions d'euros en 2019.
En 2018, elle organisea la vente thématique Japonisme, montrant l'influence de l'art japonais sur l'art occidental à la fin du XIXe siècle et au début du XXe siècle combinant les estampes japonaises et oeuvres d'art, avec des bijoux Art Nouveau, meuble de Gallé, peintures des Nabis, laque d'Art Déco, et autres.
Camille est également passionnée de mode et de haute couture, et était en charge de la vente Rencontres Couture à Paris Collection Didier Ludot en 2015, Catherine Deneuve Yves Saint Laurent: De mode et d'amitié en 2019 et du record mondial pour une pièce haute couture dans une enchère: la veste Tournesol Yves Saint Laurent inspirée du tableau de Van Gogh vendue en 2019 pour 382 000€."
Associate Vice President, Senior Specialist
Senior Vice President, Managing Director
Client Service Officer
Andrew M. Lueck has worked in the Asian art auction business for nearly two decades. He is a Specialist, Vice President, in the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie’s based in the Bay Area of San Francisco. He works with West Coast collectors and institutions as well as others throughout the country and globe. He has been responsible for bringing to market notable fine Chinese works of art for sale in New York as well as Hong Kong and advises and works with some of the country’s top collectors and institutions. Among the highlights that he has brought to auction is the Larson Vase, the fine and exceedingly rare blue and white vase, the cover of the HK May 2019 Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Auction selling for $37,260,000 HKD. He also brought to sale in New York the single owner sale titled “The Studio of the Clear Garden.” He is a regular lecturer on the topic of Chinese and Asian art and has recently lectured at The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, The Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, Asia Week New York, and Asia Week San Francisco. Mr. Lueck is also a charity auctioneer and has greatly enjoyed raising support for a multitude of organizations which have included: The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Asia Society of Southern California, The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, SFFILM, Levi Strauss Co., The San Francisco Art Institute, The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, and The Petaluma River Park Foundation. Before joining Christie’s in 2015 Lueck worked as a specialist at Bonham’s, San Francisco, and prior to that he founded the Asian Works of Art Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (now Hindman Auctions), Chicago. Lueck holds a BA from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and an MA with Merit from The University of Manchester (Sotheby’s Institute of Art).
SVP, Managing Director/Rep Director & Int'l Director Asian Art
As Senior Vice President and International Director of Christie’s Asian Art departments, Katsura Yamaguchi had been fundamental player in securing business deals and relationships in the Far East and New York. Mr. Yamaguchi has always had an important presence in Asia and was crucial in the growth of Christie’s offices in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to his business development role, as a former Senior Specialist of Japanese and Korean art he acts as a top-level client liaison worldwide.
Mr. Yamaguchi has been instrumental in selling many important private collections. In 1998, he was responsible for the landmark sale of Ukiyo-e Paintings formerly belonging to the Azabu Museum of Art and Craft, which realized $4.9 million. Naturally Mr. Yamaguchi was also active in organizing other important sales, such as Japanese Modern and Contemporary paintings from the Itoman Collection that achieved in 2000, a staggering $7.9 million. In 2005 Mr. Yamaguchi notably handled the sale of Important Swords from the Museum of Japanese Sword Fittings that realized the groundbreaking result of $1.6 million. Additionally, for the remarkable recent business success of Mr. Yamaguchi, sold a very important seated statue of 12th century Dainichi Nyorai for $14,300,000 in March, 2008, that made a world record of Japanese antique art, and of the most expensive individual work in any Asian art sold in New York, now registered as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
In March 2017, Mr, Yamaguchi also got historycal proprrty for "Important Chinese Art from Fujita Museum" sale that realized over $260M and became world auction record of any Asian art sales.
Mr. Yamaguchi began his career at Christie’s in 1992 as a Graduate Trainee in London. He then moved to Tokyo, Japan as an Assistant Specialist for Japanese Paintings in 1994. He continued to move from strength to strength in that department rising to the position of Associate Director, Business Development in 1997 and Senior Specialist in 2000. In 2004 Mr. Yamaguchi assumed the responsibilities he had as Senior Vice President and was given the role of International Director in addition to that in 2007. Mr. Yamaguchi currently works in Tokyo office from July 2017 as SVP and International Director of Asian art.
A native of Japan, he was educated at Gyosei Gakuen (L’Ecole de l’Etoile du Matin) High School. Mr. Yamaguchi then earned his B.A. at Rikkyo (St. Paul’s) University in Tokyo. He is currently guest professor for Kyoto University of Art and Design, a member of Japanese Art Society of America, Director for The Adachi Foundation and a Director for the International Ukiyo-e Society.
Deputy Chairman, Asia Pacific & Managing Director, Indonesia
Charmie Hamami was appointed as Christie’s Deputy Chairman, Southeast Asia in June 2016. Ms. Hamami is responsible for all business and client development and the further strengthening of Christie’s presence and brand in the region, one of the fastest growing in Asia.
In her role, Ms. Hamami is responsible for developing and nurturing client relations in Southeast Asia and providing local clients with easy access to not only Christie’s specialists and sales, but to the international art market. Ms. Hamami works closely with the firm’s top clients, advising on all aspects of both buying and consigning in Christie’s auctions around the world. She works closely with Christie’s international senior specialists in all major sale categories and also serves as the liaison for Christie’s institutional relationships in Indonesia.
Ms. Hamami first joined Christie’s in 1999 where she worked in Client Services department, before taking up her current role. Ms. Hamami holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Architecture, and is certified in Diamond Essential from Gemological Institute of America. She is proficient in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Japanese.