From the Artinfo: Cai, the winner of the Chinese two bronze statues, told Bloomberg that several days after he won the lots in the February 25 sale, he began to think that accepting them would be like having “two time bombs and placing them at home, not knowing when they will explode.” He was praised … Continue reading The Damaging Effect — Follow Up with Cai Mingchao
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Mr. Cai Mingchao, You Are Wrong!
Even though I knew that the story of auctioning the looted Chinese animal bronze statues would not end when the hammer came down, I would not have expected such a twisted turn to follow. Cai Mingchao, an adviser to the National Treasure Fund of China and the winning bidder of the two Chinese Bronzes from … Continue reading Mr. Cai Mingchao, You Are Wrong!
40 Million Dollars For The Chinese Bronze Statues
My view is that even though there is no legal issue with respect to the auction transaction. The bronze statues, due to their significant symbolic meaning (favorite objects of the Emperor QianLong in the Royal Garden which was burned and looted by British and French in 1860), they should be returned to the Chinese government. The buyers must be aware that they would never be proud to exhibit them unless they get the nod from the origin country. Great collections are not built on greed, but on persistence, patience, discipline and consciousness. [Read More...]
Why It Matters To Chinese And So What — More About Two Bronze Statues From Yuan Ming Yuan
Ruins of the European palaces (From Wiki Commons) I lived a few blocks away from the Old Summer Palace for almost a year. The current two bronze statues which were looted from the royal garden reminded me my visits there. Yuan Ming Yuan ("Gardens of Perfect Brightness") , situated in the north of the Capital, … Continue reading Why It Matters To Chinese And So What — More About Two Bronze Statues From Yuan Ming Yuan
Follow up — French Judge Rejected the Petition To Block Two Bronze Animal Heads From Yuanming Yuan
A French judge on Monday rejected a petition by a pro-China association to block the sale of two Chinese bronze animal heads at the auction of late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s art collection, French radio reported. Jean-Paul Chazal, a lawyer for Christie's, said he was "entirely satisfied" by the ruling, and chastised APACE for … Continue reading Follow up — French Judge Rejected the Petition To Block Two Bronze Animal Heads From Yuanming Yuan
The Call at the Last Minute — Christie’s Auctioning Relics From Yuanming Yuan
Bronze Rat head Statue I have been watching the progress of the story for a while about Christie's auctioning bronze relics from Royal Summer Palace. The collections of Saint Laurent Sale have been called a "sale of the century" which could restore market confidence. Now here is the updated news on most of the Western media. And … Continue reading The Call at the Last Minute — Christie’s Auctioning Relics From Yuanming Yuan