Jun Tsei Tai (1911-1992), Shanghai, to February 1948 
From 1948 to 1952
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, purchased from Jun Tsei Tai in February 1948 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 25, 1952 
 See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. 46077: "Pottery equestrian statuette of a horse and rider, wearing a hea[r]t shaped hat, wide sleeved green coat, black boots, astride on a greenish creamy Alzan with large brownish splashes, trimmed mane and tail Central Asia, T'ang, Ht: 15 ¾ in. Length: 15 in," copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was acquired in China from J. T. Tai in February 1948.
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.
According to some sources, the object belonged to a group of sixteen equestrian figures reportedly excavated from a tomb at Luoyang, Henan province prior to 1943, see Christie's, New York, Fine Chinese Ceramics, Jades and Works of Art, auction cat. (New York: June 4, 1987), under lot 195 and Annette L. Juliano, Bronze, Clay and Stone: Chinese Art in the C. C. Wang Family Collection (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), under cat. no. 54.
 See Loo's stockcard cited above. The object was transferred to the Freer Gallery in April 1948, see C. T. Loo's Approval Memorandum, dated April 14, 1948, copy in object file. In the memorandum, Loo stated that the object was excavated in Sian Fu [Xi'an], Shaanxi province.
 See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 25, 1952.
- Previous Owner(s)
Jun Tsei Tai 1911-1992
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
- Published References
- Chang Wanli. Tang san cai you tao [Three-Colour Glaze Pottery of the T'ang Dynasty]. 3 vols., Hong Kong. vol. 1: pl. 34.
- Harriet E. Baker. The Horse Motif in China. vol. 2, no. 3 Los Angeles, October 1961. p. 23, fig. 5.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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