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Lobed ladle with floral scrolls

Historical period(s)
Early or mid-Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century
Hammered silver with repoussé, chased, and ring-punched decoration
31.0 x 6.1 x 4.5 cm
China, Shaanxi province, Probably Xi’an
Credit Line
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number

From at least 1929
Mrs. Christian R. (Bettie F.) 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]


[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. (Bettie Fleischmann) Holmes (1871 - 1941)
On View Location
Freer, Gallery 16: Silk Road Luxuries from China
Metalwork, Tool and Equipment
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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