James Lally has been an active participant in the Chinese art market for more than 50 years. He was a director of Chinese works of art at Sotheby’s in New York and Hong Kong from 1970, and in 1983 he was named president of Sotheby’s in North America. In 1986 he founded J. J. Lally & Co. and mounted an inaugural exhibition which was sold out in the first week.
J.J. Lally & Co. was a top destination for the appreciation and acquisition of ancient Chinese art, presenting a unique special selling exhibition each year and maintaining a constant display of fine and rare Chinese ceramics, bronzes, jades, lacquer, sculpture and other works of art. Objects sold by J.J. Lally & Co. can be found in private and museum collections all over the world.
The J.J. Lally & Co. gallery is now closed, but J.J. Lally remains active in the international Chinese art market, acting as consultant and advisor to private collectors and institutions.
Two Great American Collectors of Chinese Ceramics: Morgan and Freer
The Free Gallery of Art and The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2011