Considered one of the four great masters of jadeite carving in Shanghai, Chu Man Chi was born in 1910 in Yang Chow. In 1922, he entered the trade as an apprentice training with Wang Song Lin and Shi He Shang, a well known jadeite cutter. Escaping to Hong Kong in 1949 during the Chinese civil war, he was hired as a private jade carver by a Shanghai tycoon. However, the latter lost his fortune and Mr. Chu was given the opportunity to deal and cut for himself. Today, Mr. Chu lives in retirement, having been succeeded by his son, Chu Chi Fu who began his apprenticeship in 1953.
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