Inside the New York Home of China’s Most Famous Woman



Her eclectic decorative style has furnished the Eastside home with precious pieces from different countries. The collection mixes both contemporary and period furniture, art pieces and decor. Her father Kan Wing Ling is a renowned painter in his hometown, Guilin, and his works, in the traditional Lignan style, adorn the walls of his daughter’s New York residence.

Dragon Scales on the Wall

Major renovations a few years ago added two more floors for her master suite on the fifth level and a rooftop garden on the sixth level. Both floors have a spectacular view of the East River.

A carved Balinese wooden door opens to her foyer where there are six 1800’s Buddhist Monks each holding a ball. The monks are standing on an original black and white 1900’s floor on one side of the foyer, like guardians of the mansion. Two 1600-century Japanese bronze wolves, which supposedly bring good luck, are also in the foyer.

The dining room on the ground floor has an oval mahogany Chinese heritage table that can seat 22 guests. It is surrounded by Ming chairs with an opulent crystal chandelier from France overhead. Nearby is an antique buffet console table.

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