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         C. T.  LOO     
         1880–1957

C.T. LOO

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Ching Tsai Loo was the preeminent dealer of Chinese art and artifacts for the first half of the twentieth century. Starting his business in Paris, Loo was almost single-handedly responsible for introducing early Chinese art—bronzes, jades, paintings—to Western Europe and North America. Because of his connections in Asia, he was able to obtain major pieces for such collectors as J. P. Morgan, Samuel Peters, Alfred Pillsbury, and Henry Clay Frick from eras never before represented in the West. This image of Loo, pictured among artifacts at the China Institute, was the first of many photographs to be published in ARTnews by photographer Rudolph Burckhardt.

Rudolph Burckhardt (1914–1999)
Gelatin silver print, 1950
Published summer 1950
ARTnews Collection, New York City
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