Sergius N. Ferris Luboshez Collection

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Luboshez, Ferris
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    664 Items (photographs and negatives, black and white and color)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Photographs and a newspaper clipping, ca 1945-1972, documenting the Chinese art collection of Captain and Mrs. Sergius N. Ferris Luboshez, formed substantially during the 1945-1949, while Luboshex served in the Department of State. Documented are works dating from the Neolithic (ca. 5000-ca. 1500 B.C.) to the Ch'ing dynasty (1644-1912); and a catalog of artworks from his collection exhibited at the University of Maryland Art Gallery in 1972. Also included are photographs taken by Captain Luboshez of place views and people in China. Formats include color snapshots, black-and-white prints, safety and nitrate film negatives, and 35mm color slides.
  • Biographical / Historical

    Captain Sergius N. Ferris Luboshez (1896-1984), scientific researcher and educator, lawyer, and collector of Chinese art. Born of American parents in England, Luboshez studies philosophy and aesthetics at the British Institute of Philosophical Stduies. He later taught physics at the University of London, experimenting in the sonar detection of submarines, and developing a number of inventions relating to radiation shielding and light control. He studies law in England, serving as a barrister-at-law, and later as a member of the New York Bar and that of the District of Columbia. With the outbreak of World War II, Luboshez entered the United States Navy. After the war, he became general counsel to the Office of the Foreign Liquidation Commissioner of the U.S. Department of State for an area that included China and Japan. He was subsequently appointed central field commisssioner with headquarters in Shanghai.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A1992.01
  • Collector

    Luboshez, Ferris
  • Place

    China -- Description and Travel
    USA -- District of Columbia -- Washington
  • Topic

    Art -- Collectors and collecting
    Art, Chinese
  • Container

    Folder 4
  • Custodial History

    Donated by Luboshez's wife, Berniece Ferris Luboshez, 1992.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
  • Citation

    Sergius N. Ferris Luboshez Collection, FSA A1992.01. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Berniece Ferris Luboshez, 1992.
  • Arrangement

    1 box : Arranged by form of material.
    1 oversized folder : Organized by size.
  • Rights

    Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
  • Genre/Form

  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013