Bruce MacLaren joined Bonhams in 2010 as a Chinese Art Specialist with a focus on the East Coast and Midwestern regions.
This position followed 10 years as a curator of Chinese art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. During his tenure at the museum, MacLaren curated numerous well-received exhibitions, such as "Perfect Imbalance: Exploring Chinese Aesthetics" and "The Secret World of the Forbidden City". He also assistant curated Yin Yu Tang, the relocation and interpretation of an 18th century, sixteen bedroom merchant's house from Anhui, China to Salem, Mass.
In addition to authoring several articles on Chinese art and culture, he has been invited to speak at symposiums and conferences in Hangzhou, China, the Honolulu Art Academy, Northeastern University, Simmons College and Oxford University.
MacLaren holds a BA from Connecticut College, with a double major in Chinese and Asian Studies, and a master's degree in Art History from the University of Kansas, with a concentration in Chinese painting and calligraphy.