Jun Tsei Tai (1911-1992), Shanghai, to November 1948 
From 1948 to 1949
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Jun Tsei Tai in November 1948 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on November 7, 1949 
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 46141: "Gild bronze buckle, curved rounded body with dragon's head hook, entirely covered with floral motives in gold inlaid. Late Chou," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, Loo purchased the object from J. T. Tai in China. Jun Tsei Tai (more commonly known in the West as J. T. Tai), known also as Dai Fubao in Shanghai, was a successful art dealer who was initially based in Shanghai China. Tai became one of C. T. Loo's most prolific suppliers in the 1940s. In 1949, however, J. T. Tai fled with his family to Hong Kong, when Communist leaders came into power. In 1950, he immigrated to New York City, where he established J. T. Tai & Company, a successful company that specialized in the sale of Chinese arts.
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard cited in note 1. On February 21, 1949, the object was sent to the Freer Gallery for examination.
 See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated November 7, 1949, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Jun Tsei Tai 1911-1992
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
- Published References
- Martin J. Powers. Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China. Harvard East Asia Monographs, no. 262 Cambridge, Massachusetts. .
- Robert Dale Jacobsen. Inlaid Bronzes of Pre-Imperial China: A Classical Tradition and Its Later Revivals. 2 vols. Ann Arbor. pl. 279.
- Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 24, vol. 1: p. 155.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 20.
- Thomas Lawton. Chinese Art of the Warring States Period: Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C. Washington, 1982-1983. cat. 53, p. 104.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- CC0 - Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)
CC0 - Creative Commons (CC0 1.0)
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