Senior Specialist, Chinese Export Art
Becky MacGuire began her career at Christie’s in 1990 as Director of Client Relations. In 1993 she took over the Chinese export category, developing Christie's share of export auction sales from 25% to its current 89%. Famed private collections Mrs. MacGuire has brought to market include the Benjamin F Edwards III Collection of Chinese Imari, sold in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and the Leo & Doris Hodroff Collection of Chinese Export, sold in 2007, 2008 and 2009. During her tenure, Christie's New York has achieved nine of the top ten American records for Chinese export porcelain, including the Talbot hounds that brought $497,500 in January 1999, the outstanding pair of soldier vases sold in January 2005 for $307,200, and the very rare “Priestly Blessing” dinner service sold in January 2009 for $278,500.
Prior to joining Christie’s Becky was a Chinese works of art specialist at another major auction house, and a founding partner of The Chinese Porcelain Co. She is a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society and the American Ceramic Circle, an adjunct professor in the Appraisal Studies Program at New York University, a frequent lecturer, and a guest appraiser on WGBH’s Antiques Roadshow.
Becky received her B.A. with honors in art history at the University of California at Berkeley, and did graduate work at the Study Centre for the Fine and Decorative Arts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.