Bruce MacLaren is a Bonhams Vice President and Senior Specialist in Chinese Fine and Decorative Art, based in New York.
Specializing in Chinese textiles, furniture, snuff bottles, painting and calligraphy, Bruce is responsible for two major New York sales a year, as well as sourcing property for the San Francisco and Hong Kong sales. The numerous important consignments he has brought to sale at Bonhams include Wang Hui (1632-1717) Album of Landscapes, which achieved $3,999,000 in May 2015, and Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) Fish Pool in the Mountain City, that made $1,963,000 in May 2012.
Prior to joining Bonhams, Bruce spent ten years as a curator of Chinese art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. During his tenure at the museum, he curated well-received exhibitions, such as Perfect Imbalance: Exploring Chinese Aesthetics and The Secret World of the Forbidden City. He also was the assistant curator of 'Yin Yu Tang', the relocation and interpretation of an 18th century, 16-bedroom merchant's house from Anhui, China to Salem, Massachusetts.
In addition to writing several articles on Chinese art and culture, Bruce has been invited to speak at symposiums and conferences in Hangzhou, China, Northeastern University, Simmons College, the Royal Ontario Museum and Oxford University. From 2006-2007, Bruce worked on contract for the Honolulu Art Academy for the exhibition, catalog and symposium in support of New Songs on Ancient Tunes, Chinese Paintings from the Reverend Richard Fabian Collection.
Bruce holds a BA from Connecticut College, with a double major in Chinese and Asian Studies, and a MA degree in Art History from the University of Kansas, with a concentration on Chinese painting and calligraphy.