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Lobed ladle with floral scrolls

Type
Ladle
Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Medium
Hammered silver with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 31 x 6.1 x 4.5 cm (12 3/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province, Probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1944.58

From at least 1929
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island, from at least January 1929 [1]

From at least 1944
Tonying & Company, New York, from at least February 1944 [2]

From 1944
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying & Company on September 21, 1944 [3]

Notes:

[1] Mrs. Holmes lent the object to the 1929 exhibition in Berlin, Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst (Berlin: Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst and Preussischen Akademie der Künste, January 12 –April 2, 1929), cat. 425 (ill.) and to the International Exhibition of Chinese Art at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London in 1935-36, see Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, November 1935-March 7, 1936), cat. 786 (ill.).

[2] See “List of Objects Contemplated for Purchase by the Freer Gallery of Art,” approved by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on February 4, 1944, copy in object file.

[3] See Tonying & Company’s invoice, dated September 21, 1944, in which the object figures under no. G. 14: “Large Chinese Silver Ladle / Tang,” copy in object file. See also A. G. Wenley’s letter to C. F. Yau, Tonying & Co., dated September 19, 1944, in which Wenley confirms the purchase of the object.

Former owner
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871 - 1941)
Tonying and Company
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment
Keyword(s)
chasing, China, hammering, punching, repousse, Tang dynasty (618 - 907)
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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