French collectors hand back gold to China they had given to Musee Guimet

13 May 2015 8:41 AM | Anonymous

French collectors hand back gold to China they had given to Musée Guimet

Concerns raised after François Pinault returns looted artefacts as diplomatic gesture

by Vincent Noce  |  12 May 2015 The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has secretly organised the restitution to China of a collection of solid gold objects dating back almost 2,000 years, on the grounds that they had been looted from Gansu province. The operation was planned as a noble gesture, but haste and confusion have undone these best-laid plans, leaving red faces at the ministry, irritation in the museum community and potential donors perhaps rethinking their plans. The treasure in question had been housed in the Guimet museum, thanks to a donation by the entrepreneur and collector François Pinault.
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