Art market Magazine May 2014

 
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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

MUSEUM

"From China to Les Arts Décoratifs"
evised and produced to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of relations between France and China, the exhibition
presents textiles, court and ceremonial clothing, porcelains designed for the European market and the imperial court, cloisonné and painted enamels, bronze, jade and hardstone pieces, glassware, lacquerware, posters and toys. As well as all this, there are books, engravings and photographs from the library of Les Arts Décoratifs. The exhibition is laid out in twelve rooms, on two levels. The presentation is thematic, not chronological, because these objects did not enter the Arts Décoratifs for the purpose of reconstructing a history of Chinese art. And yet decorative arts museums were among the first to take an interest in these objects, in

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"De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs, until 29 June - Catalogue published under the supervision of Béatrice Quette, 22 x 28 cm, 96 pp., published by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2014. Price: €25. www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

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both France and Britain for example, before Asian art museums were even thought of – and with other missions. Founded in 1864 in the wake of the Universal Exhibitions, the Union Centrale des Beauxarts Appliqués à l’Industrie – which became the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in 1882 and is now the Arts Décoratifs – was a place of inspiration for artists and craftsmen, in order to "pursue, in France, the culture and production of beauty combined with usefulness." The institution's interest in Oriental art took shape in 1869, when it organised a temporary museum in the Palais de l’Industrie, based on private collections. Chosen for their forms, decoration, treatment of materials and production techniques, objets d’art from China – and more broadly from the Middle and Far East – swelled the ranks of French and European objects and provided new sources of inspiration for creators. The first four rooms of the exhibition illustrate this context: the renewal of ornamentation brought about through these works, publications and universal exhibitions, in which China began to officially participate in 1878. They pay tribute to collectors of the second half of the 19th century and first

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Porcelain from Jingdezhen produced during the Yuan dynasty, 14th century, with blue underglaze decoration ("qinghua"), diam. 45 cm, purchased by Raoul Duseigneur, 1894, inv. 7985, Musée des
Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
© Jean Tholance

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