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Asia Week New York Announces A Collecting Dynasty: The Rockefeller Family Panel Discussion Selected as ‘Critic’s Pick’ by The New Criterion

New York: Asia Week New York is delighted to announce that A Collecting Dynasty: The Rockefeller Family was recently selected as a ‘Critic’s Pick’ by “The New Criterion,” the prestigious literary magazine and journal of artistic and cultural criticism. Presented in partnership with The Winter Show in January 2024, this fascinating panel discussion on the legacy of the Rockefeller family, their remarkable collections, and lasting contributions to the world of art and antiques is now available on YouTube. Click here to view it.


As passionate art collectors and philanthropists with an incredible range of interests that spanned the globe, the Rockefeller family, in so many ways, epitomizes the pinnacle of patronage in this country. Throughout several generations, beginning with Abby and John D Rockefeller, Jr., their unwavering support for the visual arts was critical to the development of many cultural institutions focused on the family members’ individual collecting interests, such as Asia Society, the Cloisters, Colonial Williamsburg and its Folk Art Museum, Japan Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Moderated by Joan B. Mirviss, President, Joan B Mirviss LTD and an art historian, the panelists included: Cynthia Bronson Altman, Independent Scholar, Kykuit Curator, 1992-2018; Michele Beiny Harkins, President, Michele Beiny Inc; Vishakha Desai, President Emerita, Asia Society, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, Columbia University.With over four decades of direct involvement with the Rockefeller family, each of the panelists discussed the legacy of multiple generations, their remarkable collections, and lasting contributions to the world of art and antiques.


About Asia Week New York
Asia Week New York is a nine-day celebration, bringing together top-tier international Asian art galleries, the six major auction houses, and numerous museums and Asian cultural institutions. It features simultaneous gallery open houses, Asian art auctions, museum exhibitions, lectures, and special events. Participants from Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States unveil an extraordinary array of museum-quality treasures from China, India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Korea. Asia Week New York Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade membership organization registered with the state of New York.

About Songtsam, Presenting Sponsor
Songtsam (“Paradise”) is an award-winning luxury collection of seventeen hotels, resorts, and tours located in Tibet and Yunnan Provinces, China. Founded in 2000 by Mr. Baima Duoji, a former Tibetan documentary filmmaker, Songtsam is the only collection of luxury Tibetan-style retreats within the wellness space focusing on the concept of Tibetan meditation by combining physical and spiritual healing together. The unique and sustainable properties offer guests authenticity, within the context of refined design, modern amenities, and unobtrusive service in places of untouched natural beauty and cultural interest. One of the Songtsam Properties is a Virtuoso Preferred Partner and four of the Songtsam Properties are Serandipians Hotel Partners. Songstam welcomes all travelers including families with children, travelers with disabilities and is LGBTQ+ friendly.

About The Winter Show
The Winter Show, an annual benefit for the East Side House Settlement, is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring over 70 of the world’s leading experts in the fine and decorative arts. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, in January, the fair highlights a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. Each object at the fair is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 120 experts from the United States and Europe.

All the revenues from the fair’s general admission and the net proceeds from the Opening Night and other special events support East Side House and contribute substantially to its private philanthropic budget. No part of sales made by exhibitors is received by East Side House.

About East Side House
East Side House Settlement is a community-based organization located in the South Bronx. Recognizing education as the key to economic and civic opportunity, East Side House works with schools, community centers, and other partners to bring quality education and resources to individuals in need, helping approximately 14,000 residents of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan improve their lives each year. For more information, please visit:

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China, Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911
Kangxi era, 1662-1722
Pair of lions on high pedestals
Porcelain with famille verte enamels


China, Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911
Kangxi era, 1662-1722
Vase, Flowers of the Four Seasons
Porcelain with famille verte enamels