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The China Collectors: America's Century-Long Hunt for Asian Art…

by Karl E. Meyer

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Well written account of American efforts to collect the finest examples of Chinese art for private and museum collections. Interesting accounts of the explorations for these works as well as the earliest art dealers who worked to export the cultural legacy of China. Turmoil within China aided in the removal of some of the finest works and the political history of China is integrated well into this fascinating story. Altogether, this is a fascinating look at one segment in the growth of encyclopedic museums in the U.S.
  15minutes | Jul 19, 2016 |
If you are fascinated by Chinese art, you must read this book. North American museums actually house an amazing array of Chinese art, due to numerous expeditions by sea captains, missionaries, and museum curators over the years. Reading of the art throughout the ages, I got a better grasp of Chinese history -- the Opium Wars, the Boxer Rebellion, the Cultural Revolution. The book is not easy to read but it is fascinating. ( )
  BettyTaylor56 | Nov 26, 2015 |
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