Bonhams Announces New Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Leadership in Asia
Gigi Yu assumes the role of Head of Department, Hong Kong Keason Tang is promoted to Department Director, Hong Kong

Hong Kong – After a record-setting season in Hong Kong, Bonhams announces a new leadership team for Chinese Works of Art in Asia. Effective today, Gigi Yu assumes the role of Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, spearheading all Bonhams Chinese Works of Art businesses in the region, deepening relationship with clients, and expanding the company's presence in this competitive market. Gigi will be supported by Keason Tang, who has been promoted to Department Director Hong Kong after four years with the company; and Spring Lee as Specialist. Together, the Hong Kong-based team will work closely with Bonhams' global network of Chinese art specialists, led by industry veterans Asaph Hyman, Global Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art; and Dessa Goddard, US Head of the Asian Art Group.

Gigi Yu began her auction career at Bonhams London, where she trained as a specialist for three years before joining the Hong Kong team in 2014. Over the following six years, Gigi played an instrumental role in a series of high-profile auctions, most notably the sale of A Pair of Exceptionally Rare Yongzheng Doucai Waterpots in 2016, as well as other major single-owner sales including: Snuff Bottles from the Angela Chua Collection (2018 and 2019), The Durwin Tang Collection of Chinese Jades (2018), The Songzhutang Collection of Early Jades (2017), and The Cheng Huan Collection of Buddhist Art (2014). This appointment marks her return to Bonhams after two years at Sotheby's Hong Kong as Deputy Director and Specialist. Gigi is a graduate of the University College London, and has a Master's degree in Arts of China from University of Glasgow and Christie's Education.

Keason Tang joined Bonhams London in 2018, before relocating in the following year to the Hong Kong team, where he has been responsible for developing and maintaining relations with key collectors and dealers in Greater China. Most recently, he also spearheaded the record-setting Hong Kong sale in May 2022. Specialising in archaic Chinese bronze, antique guqin, and paired with a strong passion for Chinese lacquer and scholarly objects, Keason is the mastermind behind a series of thematic sales on traditional culture (examples in the final paragraph). Keason holds a degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and has an MA in Archeology and History of Art from SOAS University of London.

Specialist Spring Lee joined Bonhams in 2019, having previously worked at Sotheby's, Christie's and an important dealer in London. Spring holds a Master's degree in History of Art and Archeology from SOAS University of London, and was part of the team for the record-breaking sale of the Important Pair of Blue and White Octagonal 'Floral' Candlesticks, Yongle in May 2022.

Asaph Hyman, Bonhams Global Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, commented: "Of all global auction houses, Bonhams has the widest international footprint of Chinese Works of Art auctions, with more than 30 sales held every year across our six major salerooms in Hong Kong, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Sydney. Asia is a strategic market for this category, and I am pleased to have both Gigi and Keason, who are already familiar faces to Bonhams' clients – to spearhead the business here."

Gigi Yu, Bonhams Head of Chinese Works of Art, Hong Kong, commented: "I am delighted to be returning to the Bonhams family at this exciting time and in a new capacity. Bonhams' Chinese Works of Art has an enviable reputation and has developed its unique edge over the years, selling not only at top prices but also in the core market via creatively-curated sales. I look forward to working with Keason, Spring, and the global team to deepen that in the future."

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and CEO Asia and Julia Hu, Managing Director Asia, commented: "The Chinese Works of Art department has just had a record-setting season in Hong Kong. With this enhanced team in Asia, we look forward to carrying the momentum forward to even stronger sales to come."

Bonhams Chinese Works of Art spring sales in Hong Kong achieved a combined total of HK$88.8 million in May 2022. A Magnificent and Important Yangcai Painted 'Imperial Poems and Landscapes' Incised Celadon-Ground Lobed Oval Vase realised HK$32,253,000/ approximately US$4,135,000. An Exceptionally Rare and Important Pair of Blue and White Octagonal 'Floral' Candlesticks, Yongle, sold for HK$30,453,000/ approximately US$3,904,000, setting a new auction record for a pair of Yongle Period candlesticks sold at an international auction house.

Apart from the top prices, Bonhams Chinese Works of Art in Hong Kong is also well-known for its creative curations, offering thematic sales at friendlier price points with an aim to cultivate passion and understanding in Chinese art and traditional culture. Recent excamples include: More Than A Game: Games in Chinese Art (2022), Elegant Gatherings – The Social Art of Chinese Scholars (2021), Beauty and Beyond: Women in Chinese Art (2021) and Eternal Resonance: Music in Chinese Art (2020).

8 June 2022


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