History

2017 Marks Linwoods’ 20th Anniversary as an Auction Gallery!

Linwoods Auction house has built a strong reputation for knowledge and experience in handling quality estate property over the past decades. Linwoods is now one of the emerging auction houses in the West coast of United States and works with buyers and sellers throughout the country and the world.  With the induced technological change and the attractiveness to bid online, Linwoods began to offer internet bidding on own website, liveauctioneers, artfact and many other auction hosting websites.

Linwoods Auction organizes regular auctions of approximately 250-300 lots at auction gallery located 818 W. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776.  Linwoods receives good response and support from neighborhood and the auctions and previews are attended by hundreds of people, and many who could not attend in-person auction also log-in to our online auction catalog.  Linwoods Auction is well-received by more than 500 dealers and collectors local and worldwide.  Linwoods would like to take this golden opportunity to thank you for your support too!

Linwoods Art Appraisal and Auction House of Southern California brings together the positive collaboration of seasoned art appraiser and dealer Thomas Lin with the multigenerational Woods auction house of Ontario. The auction house will offer a variety of Chinese arts and antiquities, European fine art pieces, investment worthy period furnishings and a cache of rare collectibles.

Thomas Lin was the son of an antique dealer in the Macao. As a child he spent hours in his father’s shop inspecting treasures of bygone dynasties, cultivating a lifelong love for such beautiful and precious things. Thomas attended the prestigious JingDeZhen Ceramic Institute where he trained as a ceramic artist. The region of JingDeZhen is famous for the production of ceramics and the Institute serves as a historically significant link between ancient artisan craftsmanship and modern educational methods and infrastructure.

Max Woods’ grandparents and parents were antique and fine art dealers on the Left Bank of Paris. He too, grew up immersed in art and developed a great love and connoisseurship of fine arts, antiquities and period furnishings. He continued his family legacy after marrying and emigrating to Ontario in 1960s where he established his first art appraisal and antique dealership.

It was a serendipitous encounter between Thomas Lin and Max Woods at an art auction in New York in 2001 when a friendship was kindled that subsequently led to the establishment of Linwoods Art Appraisal and Auction House.

The proprietors of Linwoods have married their mutually held passion for fine arts and antiquities from both the East and the West with decades of expert sales and acquisitions for their growing network of international clients.