Pendant in the form of a fish

Pendant, composite animal-fish (?) in profile; pierced and incised; opaque tans; curved. (Calcified; substance adhering to surface).

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (serpentine)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 cm (1 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.642
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Jewelry and Ornament
Type

Jewelry

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), carving, China, fish, serpentine, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

By 1950 to 1953
C.T. Loo INC. New York, NY [1]

1953 to 1961
C.T. Loo Chinese Art, New York, NY by transfer from C.T. Loo INC., New York, NY [2]

1961 to 1964
Frank Caro Chinese Art, New York, NY mode of acquisition unknown [3]

1964 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, NY purchased from Frank Caro Chinese Art on August 27, 1964 in New York, NY [4]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [5]

Notes:

[1] Object published in C.T. Loo INC. “An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades,” Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida (20 January – 1 March 1950), plate XIX, image 6.

[2] 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] See invoice from Frank Caro Chinese Art to Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, 27 August 1964 as E-5659: “Jade fish pendent Yin-Chou, Lt: 2 – 3/8 ins. (Jade at Pl. 19 #6),” copy in accession file.

In 1961, Loo and Caro’s agreement ended. C.T. Loo & Cie., Paris, France took control of C.T. Loo Chinese Art, New York’s stock that C.T. Loo had added to the inventory before his death in 1957. Frank Caro then opened Frank Caro Chinese Art. Caro acquired pieces from Loo’s original stock (the mode of acquisition is unknown).

[4] See note 3.

[5] 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)

Frank Caro 1904-1980
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
C.T. Loo & Company 1914-1948

Description

Pendant, composite animal-fish (?) in profile; pierced and incised; opaque tans; curved. (Calcified; substance adhering to surface).

Published References
  • C.T. Loo & Company, (Introduction) Lindsay Hughes Cooper. An Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Jades. Exh. cat. New York. pl. 19, 6.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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