- Joined Sotheby's in 2013
- Studied and worked in Japan for over ten years, during which he had established strong connections with the local collecting community
- Built a strong network with collectors in the US and China over the years
Mr. Rongde Zhang joined Sotheby’s in May 2013 as Head of the Classical Chinese Paintings Department. Based in New York, Mr. Zhang is responsible for organising auctions in the city, as well as the collection, authentication and appraisal of paintings and calligraphic works for sale. Sotheby’s will be launching Classical Chinese Paintings sales in Hong Kong in October 2015, adding to its existing saleroom for the category in New York. Following this strategic move, Mr. Zhang will lead his teams in New York and Hong Kong to curate the bi-annual auctions in Hong Kong, presenting collectors in the region with works by renowned Chinese painters from the 14th to 19th centuries.
Under Mr. Zhang’s leadership, Sotheby’s has firmly established the company as a leader in the Classical Chinese Paintings market in New York. In 2014, Sotheby’s annual sales of Classical Chinese Paintings in New York exceeded a noteworthy total of US$51.3 million (approx. HK$400 million). In March 2015, a Ming Dynasty collection of Buddhist sutras from an important Japanese collection was sold for US$14 million (approx. HK$109.2 million)—nearly 100 times its pre-sale high estimate, at Sotheby’s New York.
Mr. Zhang possesses decades of experience in the field of Classical Chinese Paintings. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Mr. Zhang had assumed management roles in two China-based auction houses. Mr. Zhang had also studied and worked in Japan for over ten years, during which he had established strong connections with the local collecting community. He had also built a strong network with collectors in the US and China over the years.