Industry Updates

The Chinese Art Market-Trends, Pitfalls and Opportunities

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 6:30-8:00PM
Free for CI members, $20 for member’s guest.
Speaker: Nick Wilson, China Guardian (HK) Auctions Co., Ltd.
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This Industry Updates program will focus on Chinese Art Market, presented by Nick Wilson from China Guardian (HK) Auctions. China Guardian is China’s oldest art-auction firm and one of the top leaders in the Chinese art auction market.

Nick has started his career in the Chinese Art since 1999, when he worked in the Asian works of art department at Christie’s South Kensington. Sensing a seismic shift in the Chinese art market, Nick moved within Christie’s to work in Hong Kong in 2006. Over the following seven years, Nick had the opportunity to work on seminal sales such as the sale of Important Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Imperial Clocks from the Nezu Museum Collection, Important Chinese Lacquer from the Lee Family Collection and the Songzhutang Collection of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings among others. After becoming Head of Sale in Hong Kong, Nick decided to move to New York to explore different collecting tastes and meet new collectors. Nick was fortunate enough to be involved with the sale of the Ellsworth Collection, the Min Fanglei and many other important objects during his two years there as Head of Department. After 17 years at Christie’s, Nick decided to pursue a new challenge in 2016, returning with his family to Hong Kong to work for China Guardian, heading a new young team there to establish China Guardian as a leading force in the Hong Kong art market. In this session, Mr. Wilson will discuss the trends, pitfalls and opportunities of the Chinese art market.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please email [email protected] to RSVP.

Past Programs


Date & Time: Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 – 8:00PM
6:30PM: Registration and Reception
7:00PM: Remarks and Q&A
Event fee: Free for CI Patron members, $20 for Patron member’s guest
Location: 100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006

China Institute is pleased to launch a new business program series– Industry Updates. Each program will feature a specific industry, discussing recent updates and bringing forth cutting-edge thinking from industry experts.

This is a Member’s-Only business program series. A roundtable discussion format will be applied to further advance the interaction between the speakers and the audience. To ensure quality interaction, each program will host up to 35 attendees.

The first Industry Updates program will focus on FinTech, presented by the research team from our co-host, Zonvon Ventures. In this session, you will learn about what is currently happening in the FinTech industry in both the U.S. and China, and gain perspectives from top venture capitalists in the field.

Zonvon Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in early-stage cross-border companies. Zonvon selectively invests in startups with the willingness and ability to be the future champions of specific sectors with significant scale. Typical investment focuses include: FinTech, Robotics/AI, VR/AR/MR, and Consumption Upgrade (e.g. Healthcare, Sports).

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please email [email protected] to RSVP. 

Upcoming Business Programs

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October 19, 2017
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Rethinking China – Surveying the Post-Party Congress Investment Landscape: Is the Boom Over or About to Restart? A conversation with China expert and economist Dan Rosen
October 25, 2017
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Past Programs