How Asian Art and Antiquities Came To America

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In today’s connected world, we are used to seeing Asian art and antiquities in galleries, auction houses, and sophisticated interior design. Now, our greatest concern is making sure that collector’s items are authentic and responsibly sourced – that’s why we work with our trusted network of collectors, antique dealers and craft workers.



But it hasn’t always been this easy. Let’s take a look at the story of Asian antiques in America…



First contact between the US and China


The United States and China first made contact back in 1784. But things didn’t go so well! Formal, diplomatic relations were delayed until 1844. That is when trade between the two great countries started to open up. Lacquerware, porcelain, and furniture were some of the first items to be traded – and they are still popular today.



American museums and art collectors


Almost immediately, art collectors took an interest in the objects and furniture coming out of China. Famous families of philanthropists, like the Rockefellers and the Havemeyers, built up incredible collections of Asian art and antiquities.



By the early 20th century, they had started to share their collections with museums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Suddenly, Chinese art and furniture was accessible to everyone.



Art for everyone


That trend of openness has continued. Today, auction houses share art from all over Asia – China, Japan, Cambodia, Korea, and many more. Instead of being restricted to a few noble diplomats or high-ranking families, anyone can bring Asian elegance into their home.



However, Asian art remains something for the connoisseurs. It takes skill and taste to create a design which balances East and West. That’s why we offer a carefully curated selection, with expert advisors ready to help you out at our Palm Beach showroom.



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