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Title: The purpose, operation and impacts of the art investment of the British Rail Pension Fund's collection of Chinese works of art from 1974 to 1989
Author: Liu, Hao
ISNI:       0000 0004 6500 5654
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis is a study of the art investment of the British Rail Pension Fund's collection of Chinese works of art. The Chinese art collection of the British Rail Pension Fund was formed with investment intentions in 1974 in the U.K. Chinese artworks were one of the major categories and the largest nonwestern category of the art investment portfolio of the British Rail Pension Fund. The portfolio was established during the economic turbulence of the 1970s, to preserve the value of pensions for retired employees, and was begun in collaboration with Sotheby's auction house in 1974. The British Rail Pension Fund terminated acquisitions in 1980 and started to actively collaborate with museums, galleries, and fairs both in the U.K. and overseas to arrange loan exhibitions to display its holdings. Thus, the art investment that was the Chinese art collection will be divided into two phases in this research: the acquisition stage from 1974 to 1980, and the exhibition stage from 1980 to 1989. Three main questions need to be answered by this thesis. What was the purpose of investing in Chinese art in 1974? How did the British Rail Pension Fund operate the art investment? And what was its impact? Literature review and research outline are stated in chapter one. Chapter two is an investigation into the purpose of forming the British Rail Pension's Chinese art collection. Archival research into the operation of the investment in Chinese art from 1974 to 1980 is conducted in chapter three. Chapter four includes an evaluation of the Chinese art collection, followed by a discussion of the various impacts of the Chinese art collection in chapter five. Chapter six provides an opportunity to summarize the arguments of the entire thesis and to conclude the challenge to the traditional view of collecting behaviour.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral