Emily de Wolfe Petit


In 2005 Emily de Wolfe Pettit completed her graduate studies at Oxford University, where the Warden of her college was Dame Jessica Rawson, Keeper of Chinese Antiquities at the British Museum for three decades. Also in this year she completed her second programme of courses at the prestigious Bei Jing Da Xue’s (‘Bei Da’) Center for Economic Research and established the independent contemporary Chinese arts consultancy, Arts Influential China, based in Shanghai and Beijing, with three foci: sourcing important works for private sale; curatorial work for emerging Chinese artists; and arts-related projects, including lecturing in Arts Management at Shanghai University and consultation on art fairs in Hong Kong, New York and Korea.

Key relationships

Over the past five years, Ms de Wolfe Pettit has solidified particularly strong rapport with mainland Chinese artists and developed deep understanding of the disparate requirements of collectors of Chinese art, internationally and in mainland China. She is in contact with both established and emerging artists and consults private individuals, corporations and foundations, surveying the domestic mainland Chinese market and assisting clients in the process of art selection and acquisition. She has contributed to many important collections, either complementing existing ones, or advising on entirely new collections.

Academic background

Expertise in understanding and forming relationships with both artists and collectors is key and it is her background in the Arts, philosophy and business (BA, UCL & LSE First Class Hons ’03, MA Oxford ’05, Diploma of Business Management Beijing Da Xue & the LSE ’04 and ’05) that means she has been able to build these with credibility and undertake critical writing in depth. Ms de Wolfe Pettit has good aptitude in Mandarin and Italian and fluent English and German.

Unique position

Based in mainland China, Ms de Wolfe Pettit has accumulated extensive knowledge of the contemporary Chinese art world from the multiple angles of artists, major gallerists, curators, critics, art college professors and art journal editors and publishers, both in Beijing and Shanghai. Having lived in the UK for over a decade with an academic grounding in Arts and Humanities at postgraduate level at Oxford and now several years of acquaintance with artists in China means she is at once able to relate to both collectors and artists and she understands the cultural nuances, intrinsic to contributing to excellent client relations.