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Hunt told ATG Christie’s will continue to offer clients objects at the lower price thresholds that CSK had made its territory.

“There will be the established Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sales at King Street of 120- 150 lots with a price point of £5000 and over. At the same time we will look to offer an afternoon session on the same day that will include a broad selection of objects priced below £5000, in addition to four sales per year conducted online.”

The department is already piloting a programme of Art of China internet-only sales formed around consignments from across the international hub.

Pieces sourced in Paris, New York and London offices are photographed, catalogued and stored in the geographic locations to which they were consigned until a sale is made. Clients are provided with an automatic shipping quote.

Hunt said that in the last year Christie’s had seen “a change in the mindset towards online sales”, with the last four Art of China auctions proving successful in attracting a wider pool of buyers, and selling rates consistently running at over 80%.