Just a few days in Christie’s Asia Week as a gallery assistant. Feeling lucky to wider my sight. The job is mainly bring the art piece to the visitors, who are interested in bidding them. The visitors bring with torch and magnifying lens to see any damage on the items. The items ( I feel confused if that is art or historic item or product?) are all Chinese made of jade, ceramics, metals, as dining wares, daily products and accessories.
I feel a bit confused since…..ages ago (the time that item appears) the items maybe just a simple product, no body will buy them with a high price. Is that art really?! I keep think of that during my shift…..(when there is no visitors of course) well….I got some clue….I mean I try to answer myself with my observations.
First of all, the visitors are concerning damage or not, they use torch to look at them carefully. That means, items from ages ago, if there are any perfect items survived after so many years or so many owners, that will be a good one.
and, some visitors like to look at a set of items, I think keeping as a set also very important and dealing a high price, even the shape and form are not very special.
next, the special shape or item that need a good skill are also attractive to them, for example the thinness of ceramics, special shape of a plate, balance design of a bowl. Those may need a strong artist spirit to make.
anything else…?! er….
Actually I also collect toys and sell some of them when there is no more space…..some of the above point are similar~ but still, worth to see other side of a world! and, I am making sculpture too! that’s not another side….is part of the industry!
and just wanna say~ what is the strong artist spirit I saying above, is….the more effort you spend, the more details you concerned, the more time you spend, the more testing you did, the more stress in the process……The more you would like your final piece…and so the visitors and audiences, cheer up!!!