Art in Focus | Chinese Ceramics, Paintings and Works of Art
Auction market for traditional Chinese art has grown exponentially since the early 2000s, with masterpieces and iconic works making news headlines after million dollar auctions in Hong Kong, Beijing, and internationally. According to artnet, global auction sales of Chinese art and antiques totalled US$5.7 billion in 2019, and is constantly evolving in terms of supply and demand, market centres and collecting trends.
Christie’s Education’s Chinese Ceramics, Paintings & Works of Art takes you on a journey through dynastic China, focusing on currently popular collecting categories at auction, covering ceramics, paintings and works of art. We discuss the production, reception and patronage of Chinese art throughout the centuries, as well as its contemporary significance and current market demand. Christie’s specialists will offer first-hand expertise in both the connoisseurship and market of the artworks discussed, while international academics provide the art historical context, key to understanding the material culture of ancient China.
Join Christie’s Education Chinese Ceramics, Paintings & Works of Art programme to learn more about this fascinating art category spanning over five thousand years.
Chinese Ceramics, Paintings & Works of Art | English
- Jades through the Dynasties | 75 minutes
Ruben Lien | Senior Specialist, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christie's Hong Kong
A survey of the production as well as artistic and cultural value of jades, from archaic pieces to the elaborately carved pieces of the Qing dynasty.
- Ceramics through the Dynasties | 60 minutes
Liang-Lin Chen | Specialist Head of Sale, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christie's Hong Kong
A specialist handing session to survey the development of ceramics in China, discussing issues of connoisseurship and market trends.
- Tang Sancai: Cultural Exchanges in Tang Dynasty | 90 minutes
Nixi Cura | Doctoral Researcher, SOAS
A scholarly look into Tang Sancai, including the technology of its production, the cultural context of its consumption and the collecting of this category in modern times.
- Emperor Song Huizong: Artistic Patronage and Timeless Influences | 75 minutes
Sara Mao | Director, Christie's Education Asia Pacific
An introduction to the famed emperor's numerous artistic achievements and patronage, and their lasting impact on Chinese arts and culture.
- Yuan Blue and White: China and the Silk Road | 60 minutes
Dr. Josh Yiu | Director of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
A scholarly look into blue and white ware, including the historical context of its production and consumption, academic investigations into its origin and some of the most iconic examples.
- Splendor of Early Ming Ceramics | 60 minutes
Dr. Stacey Pierson | Reader in the History of Chinese Ceramics, SOAS
An expert's look at the ceramics of the early Ming dynasty, highlighting the appreciation of glazes, motifs, forms, shapes, reign marks and other aspects of connoisseurship.
- Collectors of the World: Emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong | 60 minutes
Katie Lundie | Former Christie's London Chinese Ceramics Specialist and Auctioneer
An overview of the collections of China's most important emperors from the Qing dynasty, to better understand their tastes, collecting strategies and interests, and their lasting legacy as connoisseurs.
*Schedule and topics are subject to change.