Kommentiert von: Adina Kaselowski und Antonia Peter
Während des Zweiten Opiumkriegs (1856-1860) eroberten englische und französische Soldaten die Palastanlage der Qing-Dynastie in Peking. Dieser Siegeszug sollte in den europäischen Hauptstädten nicht unbeachtet bleiben: The Illustrated London News präsentierte das Raubgut als Trophäe.
Commented by: Christine Howald
During the looting of Beijing in 1900, the British prize auctions took place on the spot – similar to those forty years earlier after the sacking of the Imperial Summer Palace. They were organized by General Gaselee and held in the grounds of the British legation. By the end of August 1900, the auctions had become a daily routine (except Sunday) and were attended by expats from all nations and even Chinese dealers.
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Commented by: Léa Saint-Raymond, Christine Howald
This photograph illustrates the first sales in Paris of the artefacts looted in the Yuanmingyuan, the Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing. Taken in 1861, it was also the first photograph made of those objects before their sale by auction.→ Continue reading