Pendant (pei) in the form of a dragon

Historical period(s)
Eastern Zhou dynasty, 4th-3rd century BCE
Medium
Jade
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.7 x 12.1 x 0.4 cm (2 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.551
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Jewelry

Keywords
carving, China, dragon, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

By 1941 to 1948
C. T. Loo & Company, New York, NY [1]

1948 at to at least 1950
C. T. Loo, INC., New York, NY by transfer from C. T. Loo & Company, NY [2]

By 1973 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]

Notes:

[1] C. T. Loo & Company featured the object in a 1941 sale; see C. T. Loo & Company, Exhibition of Chinese Arts, catalogue of a Special Sale. C. T. Loo & Company, New York, NY (November 1,1941 to April 30, 1942), no. 259 (ill). C. T. Loo & Company continued to own this object in the early months of 1950, as the company featured it in an exhibition; see C. T. Loo, INC. Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, exh. cat. Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (January 20 to March 1, 1950), plate XLV, no. 4 or 6 (ill).

[2] See C. T. Loo, INC, “An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades” at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida (January 20 to March 1, 1950), plate XLI, no. 4 or 6. C. T. Loo formed C. T. Loo, INC. in 1948, when his company C. T. Loo & Company lost direct trade to China. On September 1, 1952, C. T. Loo’s associate, Frank Caro (1904-1980) took over daily operations of the New York business. C. T. Loo, INC. was dissolved by the summer of 1953 and Caro operated as C. T. Loo Chinese Art. Loo continued to play a large role in the business, as he and Caro struck a deal in which profits made on Loo’s stock would be evenly divided and Loo would maintain the lease and rental payments on the company’s gallery space.

[3] In 1973, Arthur M. Sackler loaned the object to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for “The Arts of Ancient China,” 1973 to 1978. See Arthur M. Sackler’s Collection notes, copy in object file.

[4] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948
C.T. Loo, INC. ca. 1948-no later than July 1953

Published References
  • Exhibition of Chinese Arts, Special Sale. Exh. cat. New York, 1941-1942. no. 259.
  • C.T. Loo & Company, (Introduction) Lindsay Hughes Cooper. An Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Jades. Exh. cat. New York. no. 4 or 6.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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