Celebrating the 250th Anniversary, Christie’s revisited the company’s legacy and its contribution to the development of taste and collecting throughout the world, in this lively discussion ” 250 Years of Taste, Culture and Collecting” as part of Christie’s Art Forum in Hong Kong, during the autumn auction season.
Among the panelists are François Curiel, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Christie’s; Daphne King, Director of Alisan Fine Arts; Jonathan Stone, International Head of Asian Art, Christie’s; and Robert Tsao, Collector from Taiwan.
François Curiel, the renowned auctioneer who heads Christie’s operations in Asia Pacific since 2010, joined Christie’s in 1969 as a jewellery specialist. With over 45 years of professional practices in the business, he has a lot to share with the audience — from the early days as one of the only two foreign staff working in the then very British company, to his interactions with the millennials collectors from different continents, passing through the decades expanding and setting up Christie’s offices around the world as a response to a globalized market.
Daphne King, a third generation collector based in Hong Kong, she received her first piece of art — a Walasse Ting painting — from her mother Alisan King for her 18th birthday. Daphne joined her mother’s gallery business in 1996 after studying History at University of Pennsylvania, and she currently serves as Alisan Fine Art’s Director. Over the years, Daphne has witnessed the expansion of art market in the region and shared with the audience her observations of the future development.
Jonathan Stone, International Head of Asian Art at Christie’s, joined the company in 1989 as an intern and a few months internship turned out to be a successful decades-long career. Stone served in London for 10 years as a specialist and then head of department before relocated to Tokyo as Representative Director of Christie’s Japan and took up his role as International Business Director in 2005. Based in Hong Kong since 2007, Stone is the Regional Managing Director, Asia and International Business Director of Asian Art. Generous in nature, Stone shared his decades of professional observations and insights on the market.
Robert Tsao (Cao Xingcheng), Ching Wan’s fifth president, is considered one of the world’s great collectors of Chinese art and antiquities, with an extensive collection ranging from Neolithic jades to contemporary art. The founder of the chipmaker United Microelectronics, Tsao sits on the board of trustees of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum Foundation. Tsao traces the different stages of art collection in Asian, particularly in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Rich in information, generous in sharing and humorous in nature, the discussion highlights the footprints of Christie’s in Asia and the changes over the last decades in the region in terms of its economic developments, art markets and the people who illuminated the path.
250 Years of Taste, Culture and Collecting: Christie’s Art Forum
François Curiel, Chairman, Asia Pacific, Christie’s
Daphne King, Director of Alisan Fine Arts
Jonathan Stone, International Head of Asian Art, Christie’s
Robert Tsao, Collector
Elaine Kwok, Director, Christie’s Education, Asia