CHRISTIES THE LAI FAMILY COLLECTION OF FINE CHINESE FURNITURE AND WORKS OF ART
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
17 September 2015
Amassing over 30 years of collecting and connoisseurship, the Lai Family Collection of Fine Chinese Furniture and Works of Art highlights classical Chinese furniture, scholar’s objects, modern Chinese paintings and other fine works of art. The collection was started by Lai Loy, a highly respected antiques dealer in Hong Kong, and continued with his son Peter and daughter-in-law Sandee, who together established a gallery in the prestigious Prince’s Building in Hong Kong. The Lais dealt in ceramics and works of art, but came to be renowned for their discerning eye for classical Chinese furniture. Rare and unusual highlights from the 17th century include a huanghuali box-form stool, a magnificent huanghali recessed leg table and a huanghuali corner leg table—one of only two known examples. Exquisite examples in amber, glass and porcelain along with scholar’s objects join an extraordinary sale.