Tracking dispersal: auction sales from the Yuanmingyuan loot in Paris in the 1860s

@inproceedings{Howald2018TrackingDA,
  title={Tracking dispersal: auction sales from the Yuanmingyuan loot in Paris in the 1860s},
  author={Christine Howald and L{\'e}a Saint-Raymond},
  year={2018}
}
During the Second Opium War (1856-1860), British and French troops fought to expand their privileges in China.  The war ended in Beijing in October 1860 with the looting and burning of the Yuanmingyuan, one of the official seats of government of the Chinese Emperor to the northwest of the Chinese capital. Thousands of these objects – figures up to over a million have been suggested – were brought to Europe and are today in Western museums and private collections.   Little is known about the… 

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