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Chinese Paintings

Bonhams Chinese Paintings auctions offer an exemplary range of paintings and calligraphy, spanning centuries and encompassing all genres. We hold dedicated live sales twice a year in Hong Kong and targeted single-owner sales in both Hong Kong and New York, as well as online sales throughout the year.

Our extensively researched and carefully curated auctions have achieved outstanding results in recent years, drawing global museums and private collectors alike. Covering centuries of Chinese history, the department showcases masterpieces by Ming and Qing dynasty masters such as Wen Zhengming and Wang Hui, as well as key 20th century artists Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Fu Baoshi, Xu Beihong, Lu Yanshao, Pu Ru, Wu Guanzhong and Lin Fengmian.

In addition, Chinese paintings and calligraphy constitute a major part of our biannual Chinese Works of Art auctions in New York, Los Angeles, London and Sydney, offering our clients and collectors unrivalled opportunities to both buy and sell their collections during each calendar year.

Buying and selling Chinese paintings at Bonhams
Bonhams Chinese Paintings department has specialists and consultants in the United States, Hong Kong and Australia.

With offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors, to achieve the highest price and level of customer satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Thinking of selling? Get a free auction estimate by submitting your item online or contacting your local Bonhams. With specialists based in towns and cities worldwide, we are your local auction house.

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Bruce Maclaren

Global Head, Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy

Bruce MacLaren is Vice President and Senior Specialist for Chinese Art at Bonhams in New York. His areas of expertise include Chinese textiles, paintings and calligraphy. Bruce is responsible for the …

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Dessa Goddard

Global Head, Business Strategy, Chinese Paintings

Dessa Goddard is US Head of the Asian Art Group, Vice President and Global Head, Business Strategy for Chinese Paintings, Senior Specialist for Chinese Art, and a Director of Bonhams Hong Kong. She ov…

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Iris Miao

Sr. International Consultant

Iris Miao joined Bonhams as Senior International Consultant in October 2013. She is responsible for the collection, authentication and appraisal of paintings and calligraphic works for the two live an…

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Suhyung Kim

Director, Asian Works of Art

Suhyung Kim is Director of Asian Works of Art at Bonhams Skinner. Her areas of expertise include Korean art, Japanese prints and Asian ceramics and paintings. Joining Bonhams Skinner in 2012, Suhyung …

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Jennifer Wang


Jennifer Wang is a Specialist for Chinese Paintings at Bonhams in Hong Kong. Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary Chinese paintings, and fine classical Chinese paintings and calligra…

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Rachel Du


Rachel Du is Specialist and Head of Sale for Chinese Works of Art at Bonhams in Los Angeles. Her areas of expertise include jades, porcelain, scholar's objects and bronzes. Since joining Bonhams in 20…

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Yvett Klein


Yvett Klein joined Bonhams in 2011 as an Asian Art Specialist and works closely with Bonhams international Asian Art department. Yvett holds two master's degrees from the University of Sydney in Museu…

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Katniss Xu

Administrator / Jr. Cataloguer

Katniss Xu is a Junior Cataloguer and Administrator for Asian Art in Los Angeles.

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Jing Wen


Jing Wen is an Administrator for Asian Art in Paris, working for the Chinese Art and Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art departments.

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