История коллекционирования искусства Востока: Выявление собраний чаеторговцев в коллекциях региональных музеев России
While some research has been carried out on history of formation of Chinese and Japanese art collections in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, only a few studies explored a formation of Asian Art collections of the regional museums. While the history of collecting indicates that it was a complex and multi-layered process, there is a considerable number of Asian objects that are dated from the pre-revolutionary period. Among a number of different sources one is stand out—a Tea Road from China to Russia.
This study hypothesizes that a significant share of Asian objects that are preserved in collections of Russian museums that are located in towns and cities linked geographically and/or economically to the Tea Road could originate from the collections of the tea traders and because of this these collections could have similarities in structure and quality of the objects. Basing on a survey conducted in cooperation with the specialists in local museums of Yekaterinburg, Irbit, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, and Kyakhta, this research aims to distinguish art objects that went back to the pre-revolutionary collections of the tea traders and; to detect their provenance and to identify collectors.