Feng-Chun Ma specializes in Chinese and Japanese ceramics, works of art and paintings. She studied Art and Archaeology at Amsterdam University where she graduated with distinction in 1985.
After more than 35 years in the East-Asian art business, Feng-Chun has built up a wide knowledge. She has made personal contacts worldwide, having been employed initially at Christie’s, later at Sotheby’s Amsterdam. During the period at Christie’s from 1982 to 1989 she was very much involved with the sales of the Hatcher collections.
She did extensive research on the contents of these shipwrecks and provided the descriptions for the several catalogues. She wrote a thesis on the first discovered Hatcher wreck, the Chinese junk, which carried a cargo of porcelain, dated circa 1640.
In 1989 she joined Sotheby’s Amsterdam as Head of the Chinese and Japanese Department, which she ran successfully for more than 14 years.
In 2003 she decided to set up her own business as a consultant for her many contacts worldwide. She provides an advisory service for established and new collectors in buying and selling, either at auction or directly to private buyers.
Three years ago her son Paul Ruitenbeek joined her company. Paul graduated in hospitality and business management at the University of Hospitality Management, The Hague. From a young age he was inspired by his parents to pursue a career in the Chinese art business.
Feng-Chun, who speaks five languages including Mandarin, travels to New York, London and Hong Kong, following all the important auctions and fairs in this field. She also regularly travels to her Asian base in Beijing to advise and to trade with her major clients in China.
Interesting ceramics and works of art are always available for sale, either on consignment or from Feng-Chun’s own collection, which can be viewed by appointment.