Nicolas Chow

  • Deputy Chairman, Asia
    International Head
    Chairman of Chinese Works of Art
  • Tel: +852 2822 8128
  • Fax: +852 2521 5421

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  • Joined Sotheby's in 1999
  • Key figure behind prominent Imperial Art sales of last decade
  • Specialises in art from the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • Has Master's degree in Arts and Archeology, University of London

Nicolas Chow is the Deputy Chairman for Sotheby’s Asia and the International Head and Chairman of the Chinese Works of Art department.  Mr Chow joined Sotheby’s in 1999 and has been responsible for leading the Chinese art market across the Asia Pacific region since 2003, while maintaining strong relationships with important collectors and dealers around the globe. In 2006, he took global oversight for the Chinese Works of Art department, which holds two major sales a year in four locations, namely Hong Kong, London, Paris and New York.

Mr. Chow has brought to the market record-breaking objects and collections including Chinese Art Through The Eye Of Sakamoto Gorō (2013-2014), The Meiyintang Collection Parts I to V (2011 to 2013) as well as The Meiyintang Chicken Cup in April 2014, The Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection (October 2009 – October 2014), Ru – From A Japanese Collection (April 2012), Masterpieces of Chinese Precious Metal Work from the Kempe Collection (April 2008), Important Chinese Art From the Collection of a Parisian Connoisseur (April 2007 & October 2010) and Visions of Enlightenment - The Speelman Collection of Important Early Ming Buddhist Bronzes (October 2006). He is also the key figure behind many successful theme sales focusing on Imperial works of art, such as Yongzheng – The Age of Harmony and Integrity (April 2015), Legacies of Imperial Power (October 2008) and Lost Treasures (October 2007), as well as the Contemporary Literati sales.

Under the leadership of Mr. Chow, the Chinese Works of Art Department achieved a world record total of HK$2.51 billion / US$322 million for the category in Hong Kong in 2011.

Mr Chow is both Swiss and Chinese and holds a master’s degree in Art and Archaeology from the University of London.

Videos featuring Nicolas Chow

40 Days | 40 Stories: Always Amazing

40 Days | 40 Stories: An Extraordinary Discovery

The Meiyintang Collection, an Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains

Blog Posts by Nicolas Chow

Enlightenment at Sotheby’s as a Yongle Buddha Returns Home

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