For the better part of a century, collector and dealer Robert Chang has dominated the world of Chinese art. He arrived in Hong Kong during the 40’s with only 24 dollars in his pocket, but quickly established an antique trade empire. In this episode of A Life Less Ordinary, journey to the palatial home of one of Asia’s most flamboyant art dealers as he recounts a lifetime of collecting.
The finest imperial porcelains, jade carvings, and cloisonné vases adorn the walls of his Suzhou estate, which has been described as a stylistic mix between Versailles and the Forbidden City. Although initially drawn to ceramics, his collection of Chinese ink paintings includes masterpieces by the greatest painters of the 20th century: Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi and Fu Baoshi. Even surrounded by his many treasures, Mr. Chang can’t stop. His passion for collecting continues to lead him on an endless hunt that spans the globe.