Two Americans in Paris: A Quest for Asian Art

Two Americans in Paris: A Quest for Asian Art


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Sam and Myrna Myers are two Americans who fell in love with Paris in the mid-60s and decided to move there. Over five decades they amassed more than 5000 works of art, offering a very personal vision of the world of Asian art, coherent and well documented. Four principal areas are revealed. The first is an impressive series of archaic jades, followed by significant Buddhist works from Asia, then a remarkable collection of blue and white porcelain, and finally an ensemble of costumes from Central Asia to Japan. These four groups constitute the natural breakdown of this book: Radiant Stones - Icons and Textiles - An Ocean of Porcelain - Costumes and Customs. This collection brings together beautiful objects made of seductive and noble materials: jade, silk and porcelain, the essential materials of Asian art.


Jean-Paul Desroches, is a researcher, archaeologist, Mongolian and Sinologue French. He is general heritage curator at the Guimet Museum. He was a professor at the École du Louvre. Archaeologist, he heads the French Archaeological Mission in Mongolia. He has also curated major exhibitions on China, France and the Far East.

Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback with color illus.
Pages: 280
Size: 9.00 x 12.00 inches

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