February 13, 2009
Further coverage of the planned sale of disputed Chinese artefacts from the collection of Yves Saint Lauren.
Friday, 13th February 2009
China and France in tug-of-war over Yves St Laurent treasures
By Ethan McNern
CHINA has demanded the return of looted imperial bronzes due to be auctioned in Paris as part of the estate of the late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
The sculptures of a rat’s head and a rabbit’s head disappeared in 1860, when French and British forces looted and then burned the former summer palace on the outskirts of Beijing at the end of the second Opium War.
Jiang Yu, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said yesterday that the pieces had been “stolen and taken away by intruders,” and “should be returned to China”.
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