News Summary: Family to return looted art to China

GIVING BACK: The family that runs French luxury-goods conglomerate Kering won plaudits from Beijing for offering to return a pair of looted Qing dynasty bronzes.

STOLEN IN WAR: The bronze heads of a rat and rabbit were among 12 animal heads looted during the sacking of the old Summer Palace in Beijing by French and British troops in 1860 at the close of the Second Opium War. The palace’s elaborate buildings were burned and the bronzes — the centerpieces of an elaborate zodiac fountain — were spirited abroad.

STILL MISSING: China has campaigned to recover the bronzes in recent years. Five have already been returned to China and one is in Taiwan, but the whereabouts of four others remain unknown. The Pinault family bought them from the estate of Yves Saint Laurent at an auction in 2009.

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