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Chinese Decorative Art Pieces Revealed for the First Time
From 13 February 2014 to 29 June 2014
Art from the Ming and Qing dynasties
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs, a museum dedicated to the decorative arts, presents its collection of Chinese art, which has rarely seen the light of day. In fact, the art has been kept secretly in the reserves of the museum, having been gathered as the result of generous donations by the likes of the Rothschild family and other grand French collectors who appreciated and wished to preserve the Chinese heritage of the 19th century. In an exhibition entitled 'From China to the Decorative Arts' ('De la Chine aux Arts Décoratifs'), ornamental pieces from the Ming and Qing dynasties, spanning from 1368 until 1912, are proudly presented to visitors for the first time. From jeweled dragons and dogs to ornate porcelain and lacquer works, a variety of artistic talents can be witnessed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Glasses, tobacco holders, wallpaper, textiles, rugs and lacquer panels are all part of the exhibit. They provide the chance to learn about Chinese decoration techniques from many centuries ago, and illustrate why this art was so intriguing to the French elite who collected these items in the 19th and 20th centuries.