Two More Yuanmingyuan Animal Head Sculptures to Return to China
   2013-04-26 17:13:10    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fu Yu

Francois-Henri Pinault, Chief Executive Officer of France-based PPR Foundation and owner of two bronze animal head sculptures from China's Yuanmingyuan, or Old Summer Palace, said on Friday, April 26, that he will return the sculptures to China. [Photo: Agencies]

A French businessman and owner of two bronze animal head sculptures from China's Yuanmingyuan, or the Old Summer Palace, said Friday that he will return the sculptures to China.

In his meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing, Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of French high-end retailer PPR, which changes its name to Kering in June, said the transfer of a rabbit head and a rat head will be completed within the second half of 2013.

Twelve bronze animal head figures, along with several other treasures, were looted from Yuanmingyuan when the site was ransacked by French and British troops in 1860.

The rat and rabbit heads were auctioned by Christie's in Paris in 2009. Pinault then bought the sculptures from the owner after the auction.

By the end of 2012, the heads of ox, tiger, monkey, pig and horse had been brought back to China and are being kept by The China Poly Group. The dragon head is reportedly in Taiwan, while the heads of snake, sheep, rooster, and dog still remain missing.

Related: Chinese Vice Premier Underlines Agricultural Cooperation with France

Share

                  


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

 
Listen
 
 

 
 
Highlights
Media Scan
Seven Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling
A court in Shandong has sentenced seven people to death for drug smuggling; three others have been given death with a 2-year reprieve.
Survey Shows Excessive Intake of Aluminum
Residents of northern China and those under the age of 14 may be ingesting more aluminum than healthy.
CHINATALKS
Video
• C4: Bad Boys
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
• C4: World Cup Fever
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
In Depth

News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
APEC Yiwu Conference  |  China-Eurasia Expo  |  eBeijing  |  China Job  |  China Tibet Online  |  China Daily  |  Global Times  |  Xinhua  |  China.org.cn  |  CNTV.cn