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The China Collectors


Author : Karl E. Meyer
language : en
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date : 2015-03-10


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Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback and missionaries gone native, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself. How did it happen? The China Collectors is the first full account of a century-long treasure hunt in China from the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion to Mao Zedong's 1949 ascent. The principal gatherers are mostly little known and defy invention. They included "foreign devils" who braved desert sandstorms, bandits and local warlords in acquiring significant works. Adventurous curators like Langdon Warner, a forebear of Indiana Jones, argued that the caves of Dunhuang were already threatened by vandals, thereby justifying the removal of frescoes and sculptures. Other Americans include George Kates, an alumnus of Harvard, Oxford and Hollywood, who fell in love with Ming furniture. The Chinese were divided between dealers who profited from the artworks' removal, and scholars who sought to protect their country's patrimony. Duanfang, the greatest Chinese collector of his era, was beheaded in a coup and his splendid bronzes now adorn major museums. Others in this rich tapestry include Charles Lang Freer, an enlightened Detroit entrepreneur, two generations of Rockefellers, and Avery Brundage, the imperious Olympian, and Arthur Sackler, the grand acquisitor. No less important are two museum directors, Cleveland's Sherman Lee and Kansas City's Laurence Sickman, who challenged the East Coast's hegemony. Shareen Blair Brysac and Karl E. Meyer even-handedly consider whether ancient treasures were looted or salvaged, and whether it was morally acceptable to spirit hitherto inaccessible objects westward, where they could be studied and preserved by trained museum personnel. And how should the US and Canada and their museums respond now that China has the means and will to reclaim its missing patrimony?

The China Collectors


Author : Karl E. Meyer
language : en
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date : 2015-03-10


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A history of the unlikely artistic encounters between America and China presents the account of a century-long treasure hunt in China from the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion to Mao Zedong's 1949 ascent.

The China Collector S Pocket Companion


Author : Mrs. Bury Palliser
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1874


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The China Collector


Author : H. William Lewer
language : en
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Release Date : 2017-10-13


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Excerpt from The China Collector: A Guide to the Porcelain of the English Factories His book has been written to en able the enthusiastic collector of China, even after he has passed through his apprenticeship, and acquired a certain amount of experience, to form a correct judgment of that branch of ceramics embraced under the designation of Old English Porcelain. Though not primarily intended for the expert, I have endeavoured to set down in concise form the data which are essential to all who submit our English Porcelains to a close and critical study. Not only has a careful investigation been made of the actual wares, but also of the standard authors on the subject, past and present: wherever their experience might add to the lucidity of the text, their works have been consulted, and every source has been acknowledged. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The China Collectors Guide


Author : Stanley W. Fisher
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1957


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The China Collectors Pocket Companion New Edition


Author : Mrs. Bury Palliser
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1880*


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Collectors Collections And Collecting The Arts Of China


Author : Guolong Lai
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2014


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This is a scholarly volume that provides a systematic overview of major histories of fine collections of Chinese art in the UK, US, and Canada, including collections built in the 18th through the 21st centuries.