Amy C. Riggs

Ph.D., 2017
Chinese Art


Amy C. Riggs is a specialist in the Chinese Paintings Department at Christie’s in New York. She specializes in Chinese painting and calligraphy and is interested in reconstructing the circumstances surrounding the production of works of art as well as their cultural biographies. She has presented papers, given lectures, and published on various topics including the development and historiography of Chinese literati painting, history of collecting, cultural biographies of objects, twentieth-century Chinese painters, contemporary Chinese art, early Chinese bronzes, Japanese Momoyama art, and early Florentine and Sienese painters.

In addition to her Ph.D. in art and archaeology from Princeton, Amy also received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and an M.A. in art history from both Columbia University and Princeton University. 

Amy’s dissertation examines the four extant images of fulling cloth (the pounding of raw silk or fabric) made in China before the mid-thirteenth century—on a stone vessel, a tomb mural, and two handscroll paintings—with a focus on Mou Yi’s 1240 handscroll and its afterlife.

Selected Publications

“Imperial Treasures in the Hands of a Ming Merchant: Xiang Yuanbian’s Collection,” in Early Modern Merchants as Collectors (Visual Culture in Early Modernity), ed. Christina M. Anderson (Routledge, December 2016).

Artists’ biographies and catalogue entries in Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution: Chang Shu-chi and His Collection, ed. Julie Andrews and Kuiyi Shen (Stanford University Press, 2006).