Providing an overview of the history of collecting Chinese art in Hong Kong and offering further insight into major collectible categories, this dynamic course will be held over three separate two-day sessions.
21 November | Wednesday
22 November | Thursday
Sara Mao | Director, Christie’s Education Asia
Sara Mao is the Director for Christie’s Education in Asia, overseeing the development of programmes across Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. Sara joined Christie’s in 2008 as a Junior Specialist Trainee, and in 2015, she was appointed Vice President, Specialist Head of Sale for Chinese Modern Paintings, focused on nurturing client relationships and securing consignments in Asia for auction and private sales.
Sara has curated over ten seasons of auctions for some of the most iconic paintings and important collections in the field. She was responsible for spearheading record-breaking sales of Fu Baoshi’s The Song of the Pipa Player for HKD204.8 million, and Zhang Daqian’s Ancient Temples Amidst Clouds for HKD102.4 million, in 2017. Sara is also an auctioneer for Christie’s, and supports numerous charity auctions, including Save the Children, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation (SNG), and others.
After receiving her B.A. in Philosophy & English Literature at the University of York (UK), Sara acquired her Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School (UK) and a Master of Letters in History of Art and Connoisseurship, with a concentration in Chinese art, from Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow.
Ivy Chan | Specialist, Chinese Works of Art, Christie’s London
Ivy Chan is a Specialist in the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Christie’s London, where she has worked on collection valuations and auction curation since 2010. After completing a Joint Honours BA in History and Art History, she obtained her MA at the School of Oriental and African Studies with a focus on early Ming porcelain and is currently continuing her academic research through a doctoral thesis on the history of collecting Chinese art in Hong Kong during the 20th century. She was a guest lecturer for the previous ‘Arts of China’ MA programme at Christie’s Education in London, and has completed multiple research and translation projects for publications related to Chinese art and culture.