IMPORTANT PAINTINGS FROM SINGAPOREAN COLLECTOR CHEN XINLIAO
The Singaporean collector Mr. Chen Xianliao originally came from Fujian. His grandfather immigrated to Singapore and managed a palm tree business. His family also owned the Shobang building in Singapore's commercial district. Besides his business ventures, Mr. Chen was very interested in traditional Chinese culture, evident in his collection of Chinese calligraphy, paintings and painted fans.
Many Chinese painters held exhibitions in Singapore, due to its vicinity with China, among them were painters from the Lingnan School of Painting such as Zhao Shao'ang, Yang Shanshen, Guan Shanyue, Li Xiongcai, and Rong Shushi, who regularly exhibited there.
Mr. Chen was known for his hospitality, especially to Chinese painters; he especially maintained a strong relationship with Yang Shanshen. A selection of his paintings were previously sold in our salerooms in November 2011.