Will we be able to guard our chinese antiquities?
February 7, 2011
The chinese antiquities are starting to break records at the auctions. In the past, Europeans exported a lot of objects from China. Now, Chinese are paying milions for these objects and bringing them back to China. Due to these purchases they will strenghten their patriotism. This trend will also bring a risk for funds of European collecting institutions. The robbery and risk of falsification will definitely rise. Where is a demand there is an offer too. It is the same situation as in the nineties in western Europe, when there was a demand for the ecclesial art and other antiquities. The demand was satisfied by thefts in deposits and churches in the Czech republic. The question is if the concerned organisations are ready for this danger.
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