Loo Family Photographs

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Loo, C. T. & Co.
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    52 Photographs (black and white silver gelatin prints)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Fifty two photographic prints relating to the Asian art dealer C.T. Loo. Photographs feature interior and exterior views of Loo's Paris gallery, showing important works of art, many of which were later acquired by museums and private collections of Europe and the US. Also included are formal portraits and informal snapshots of Loo, his family and associates in Paris and Beijing.
  • Biographical / Historical

    The photographs document the gallery, C.T. Loo et Cie, known as the Pagoda (renovated 1926-1928, currently a designated historical site in Paris) of the leading internateal dealer of Chinese art C.T. Loo (1880-1957). Well known to art experts around the world, the gallery attracted the attention of the renowned art historian Osvald Siren, who wrote an article in 1928 on this gallery, focusing on the murals. Many of the objects shown in the gallery can be identified as important pieces in major American and European museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Nelson-Atkins Gallery, Kansas City, and the Musee Guimet, Paris. Loo was instrumental in introducing some of the most important bronzes, jades, and stone sculptures to the Freer Gallery of Art between 1915 and 1951. This collection holds an added significance because it comes from Janine Loo Pierre-Emmanuel (1920-2013), daughter of C. T. Loo, and ex-wife of Jean-Pierre Dubosc, the prominent Sinologist, collector and dealer of Chinese art. Mme. Pierre-Emmanuel, a well-known dealer in the post-war era, was in contact with important scholars, collectors and dealers, such as Pierre Teillard de Chardin, Laurence Sickman, Grenville L. Winthrop, Arthur M. Sackler, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, 3rd, and J. T. Tai. In addition to Chinese art, the gallery interior views show pieces from South and Southeast Asia
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2010.07
  • Creator

    Loo, C. T. & Co.
  • Names

    Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre
  • Place

    Paris (France)
    Beijing (China)
    France -- Ile-de-France -- Paris
  • Topic

    Art -- China
  • Custodial History

    Gift of Janine Loo Pierre-Emmanuel, 2010
  • Archival Repository

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

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
    Photographic prints
    Black-and-white photographic prints
  • Citation

    Loo Family Photographs. FSA.A2010.07. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Janine Loo Pierre-Emmanuel, 2010.
  • Arrangement

    Photographs are numbered individually with no attempt to organize by subject.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

    Photographic prints
    Black-and-white photographic prints -- Silver gelatin -- 1900-1950
  • 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