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French Robbers Return Stolen Loot To China!

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New York, NY

#1 Jun 28, 2013
Looted Bronzes Return To China: Animal Heads Were Taken From Beijing Palace In 1860
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN 06/28/13 08:29 AM ET EDT

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BEIJING -- China's National Museum on Friday unveiled a pair of Qing dynasty bronzes looted from a Beijing palace more than 150 years ago and returned this year by the family that runs French luxury-goods conglomerate Kering.

The recovery of the bronze heads of a rat and rabbit is a major in a victory for China's campaign to erase a legacy of past bullying by foreign powers, but also a masterful stroke of corporate public relations for a firm seeking fat profits from newly wealthy Chinese consumers with a growing taste for luxury.

"This act represents the affection and respect of the Pinault family for the people of China," Kering Group CEO Francois-Henri Pinault told guests and media at a ceremony at the hulking museum that looks out across Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. "They now return to their old home, Beijing."

The bronzes were among 12 animal heads that formed the centerpieces of an elaborate zodiac fountain and were carried off during the sacking of the old Summer Palace in Beijing by French and British troops in 1860 at the close of the Second Opium War. The palace's buildings were burned and left in ruins as a punishment for the Qing emperor's obstinacy, and the bronzes spirited abroad into private hands.

China has made a priority of recovering them in recent years amid burgeoning pride in the country's economic achievements and a desire to reconstruct its former cultural and political glory. Five have already been returned to China and one is in Taiwan, but the whereabouts of four others remain unknown.

The symbolism of the bronzes derives from their origins in the reign of the Qing emperor Qianlong during the second half of the 17th century, a time when the empire's power, prestige and national territory were at their zenith.

Designed by the Italian Jesuit missionary Giuseppe Castiglione, they had been part of a rococco clepsydra, or water clock, placed in the forecourt of a pavilion inspired by Versailles.

The sacking of the palace, by contrast, stood as one of the major humiliations in the country's so-called century of shame that ended, according to the ruling Communist Party, only with the success of the revolution in 1949.
RayH

Shenzhen, China

#2 Jun 28, 2013
Stolen goods returned.
not precious antique

Kowloon, Hong Kong

#3 Jun 29, 2013
good, the french return it at last, free of charge...(without waste of Chinese money to purchase it)

France is showing frienship toward China, anyway, those animal head are not really that precious, so it is stupid to waste money to get it back.

Macau stanley Ho waste 70 million to purchase it back and give it back to China...

those animal head are only 200 years old, not 2000 years old and they only made of bronze...the technology is not really that complex...one can easily duplicate it nowaday...

anyway, it is nice that France is willing to return it back to China free. showing friendship
not precious antique

Kowloon, Hong Kong

#4 Jun 29, 2013
there are many more precious antique in the summer palace(more precious than bronze animal head), were destroy by the brit & franc forces..
not precious antique

Kowloon, Hong Kong

#5 Jun 29, 2013
many precious porcelain were destroy
not precious antique

Kowloon, Hong Kong

#6 Jun 29, 2013
one can duplicate the animal bronze head easily nowaday..just spend few thousand dollar..and it can duplicate and make one...

Macau stanley ho use millions to purchase that piece of art that in today standard, it only need few thousand dollar to produce one..

the western expert investigate the bronze animal head and knows that they are not really that precious...

try to ask the westerner to return a 2000 year old China porcelain that kept in their museum...they will not return it.. because the 2000 year old porcelain is really a precious antique..
MrProps

Montréal, Canada

#7 Jun 29, 2013
not precious antique wrote:
good, the french return it at last, free of charge...(without waste of Chinese money to purchase it)
France is showing frienship toward China, anyway, those animal head are not really that precious, so it is stupid to waste money to get it back.
Macau stanley Ho waste 70 million to purchase it back and give it back to China...
those animal head are only 200 years old, not 2000 years old and they only made of bronze...the technology is not really that complex...one can easily duplicate it nowaday...
anyway, it is nice that France is willing to return it back to China free. showing friendship
The Pinault family bought the heads from a private collector who had bought them at auction for 14.9 million euros ($18.3 million dollars) each, the People's Daily newspaper said this week.

"For my family it is above all a contribution to the promotion of art, and the preservation of an important cultural heritage," Pinault said. "We always have the desire to accompany our enterprises with gestures and actions not necessarily economic or financial, but environmental or in the artistic domain."

The brand portfolio of Kering, which until March of this year was known as PPR, includes Gucci, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and St. Laurent Paris.

The Pinault family also controls the famed Chateau Latour vineyard in Bordeaux, the French magazine Le Point and Swiss economic newspaper L'Agefi.

While preserving and restoring art are motivations for the Pinault family members, their philanthropy will also likely benefit the company's ventures into the huge Chinese market.

In December, Kering made its first acquisition in China - a majority stake in fine jeweller Qeelin - and said more small deals could follow in this country, a critical and growing market for western luxury goods.

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