Non-European artefacts entering the Western market during the 18th-20th centuries were subject to new aesthetic, material, and commercial contexts and categories. In the third section of the symposium “All the Beauty of the World. The Western Market for non-European Artefacts (18th-20th century)” Philip Jones (Adelaide, Australia) and Jonathan Fine (Berlin) examine the effect of the increasing demand from the Western market – and the resulting value increase of the objects – on valuation and production structures in the markets from which these objects originated. John Monroe (Iowa, USA) will examine the re-contextualization of the objects in the West by asking: How was the worth of such never or seldom before seen objects assessed? And what tools of value assessment or value appreciation were available at the time?
Philip Jones | Australian Aboriginal Artefacts in the International Market (1880s-1930s)