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Shirley Mueller
Charles Lang Freer and C. T. Loo, Mentor and Mentee: Culture and Neuropsychological Insights

Ceramics in America 2015

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    Figure 1

    (Left) Edward Steichen, Portrait of Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), New York, New York, 1916. Black-and-white platinum print. (Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer, FSA A.01 12.01.1.) (Right) C. T. Loo (1880–1957), at C.T. Loo et Cie, Paris, France, 1909. Black-and-white silver gelatin print. (Loo Family Photographs, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Janine Pierre-Emmanual, FSA A2010.07.)

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    Figure 2

    Central Asians Presenting Tribute Horses, handscroll, traditionally attributed to Han Gan (ca. 715–after 781). Ink, color, and gold on silk, 12 3/16 x 75 7/8 in. (Courtesy, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1915.16.) Charles Freer purchased this in San Francisco in 1915 from the L.C. Pang Collection (Pang Lai-chen) (Pang Yuanji) (1864–1949), Chekiang, China, through C.T. Loo.

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    Figure 3

    Bowl, Longquan, Zhejiang province, China, early fifteenth century (Ming dynasty). Stoneware with celadon glaze. H. 3 3/16". (Courtesy, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F19163a–b.) Charles Freer purchased this from Lai-Yuan and Company, New York, in 1916.

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    Figure 4

    Letter from C. T. Loo to Charles Lang Freer, March 16, 1916, in which Loo explains to Freer the reason he copied a Chinese artifact he sold to the Meyers. Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer.

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    Figure 5

    Response from Charles Freer to C. T. Loo [erroneously spelled T. C. Loo], March 17, 1916, regarding the copied head sold to the Meyers.Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer.

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    Figure 6

    Telegram from Charles Lang Freer to C. T. Loo, October 27, 1916, telling him that he would not purchase the pictures. Charles Lang Freer Papers, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of the Estate of Charles Lang Freer.