Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to feature the Jane Miller Chai Collection of Chinese Paintings. Offering 20 lots acquired over 40+ years, the small but significant collection features works by noted artists Li Keran (1907-1989), Zhu Qizhan (1892-1996), Cui Zifan (1915-2011) and Ding Yanyong (1902-1978).
Born in Southern California, Jane Miller Chai (1938-2017) had a long and distinguished career as a journalist, editor, teacher and author on matters related to Asia. The paintings in her collection were acquired at least since the mid-1970s -- some when Mrs. Chai lived and traveled in Southeast Asia, and some through an art dealer and close friend in San Francisco. Blessed with a good eye and good taste, Mrs. Chai had a love for Chinese paintings, scrolls and vases, and Asian antiquities that was founded in her university education and professional experiences in Far Eastern cultures.