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Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 42 x 35.2 x 27.5 cm (16 9/16 x 13 7/8 x 10 13/16 in)
Type:
Musical Instrument
Origin:
Yangzi River valley, China
Date:
ca. 1050-900 BCE
Period:
Western Zhou dynasty
Provenance:
?-1972
Unknown collector, method of acquisition unknown
1972
Sale, London, Sotheby & Co., “Important Chinese Ceramics, Archaic Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art” March 14, 1972, lot 11 [1]
By 1972
J. T. Tai & Co., New York, purchased at March 14, 1972 Sotheby & Co. Sale, London, UK [2]
1972-1987
Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), purchased from J. T. Tai & Co., New York [3]
From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler [4]
Notes:
[1] Sotheby & Co., “Important Chinese Ceramics, Archaic Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art” [auction catalog] (London: Sotheby & Co., 14 March 1972), lot 11, pp. 11, from the “Property of a Lady”.
[2] See price list results for Sotheby & Co., “Important Chinese Ceramics, Archaic Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art” [auction catalog] (London: Sotheby & Co., 14 March 1972), lot 11, pp. 11. See also copy of J. T. Tai & Co., Inc. stock record for stock no. YT-6160, described a “Bronze bell (Chung),”, and including the full text of the lot description from the Sotheby’s sale on the back of the stock record, noting the purchase date as March 14, 1972, at “Sotheby & Co. lot 11.”. A handwritten note on the sales record states, “Purchased for Columbia University’s a/c.” Beginning in 1960, Arthur Sackler loaned a selection of his collection, including Chinese bronzes, to Columbia University for exhibition. Most of the objects would form the basis of what would become the Sackler Collection of Asian art at Columbia University.
[3] See object file for copy of J. T. Tai & Co., invoice to Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, for “Purchases for Dr. A. M. Sackler Sotheby’s Sale of March 14th, 1972,” lot no. 11. J. T. Tai (1911-1992), was an incredibly important dealer in Chinese antiquities whose influence shaped American collections of Chinese art throughout the second half of the twentieth century. He began his career in China, and in early 1950 he emigrated to New York City with the help of C. T. Loo (1880-1957). Tai established himself as an independent dealer and opened a gallery on Madison Avenue by the autumn of 1950. See also Virginia C. Kane, “The Independent Bronze Industries in the South of China Contemporary with the Shang and Western Chou Dynasties,” “Archives of Asian Art” vol. 28 (1974-1975), fig. 21, pp. 85-88.
[4] 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. Dr. Arthur M. Sackler was a physician, medical publisher, pharmaceutical marketer, and collector of Asian art.
Research updated June 9, 2023
Collection:
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
Resound: Ancient Bells of China (October 14, 2017 - July 5, 2021)
The Arts of China (November 18, 1990 to September 7, 2014)
In Praise of Ancestors: Ritual Objects from China (September 28, 1987 to January 1, 1989)
Previous custodian or owner:
J. T. Tai & Co. (established in 1950)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
Topic:
Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number:
S1987.36
Restrictions & Rights:
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ye328912bb3-6ca8-4d3c-a998-924ad0ebf3c9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:fsg_S1987.36