This September, Christieâ€™s will present a unique sale focused exclusively on Asian art reference books. Anchored by the collection of C.T. Loo, a prominent and influential figure in the international Chinese art trade during the first half of the 20th century, this 129-lot auction will showcase important books and periodicals for the discerning bibliophile, as well as valuable tools for the study of Chinese art.
As a merchant, C.T. Loo was exposed to a wide variety of art, but it was his role as a collector, connoisseur, publisher, patron and exhibition organizer that solidified his important role in Asian art. His interest and expertise were instrumental in informing collectorsâ€™ taste for Chinese art, particularly within the Unites States. Many important objects passed through his hands over the course of his career, finding their way into distinguished private collections, as well as over 20 international institutions.
Highlights from C.T. Looâ€™s library include:
Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art 1935-1936
This exhibition,Â held inÂ London from 1935-1936, represented one of the most ambitious displays of Chinese art ever undertaken outside of China, and its corresponding catalogue is an encyclopedic view of works that were on loan from a wide variety of collections. The event resulted in the display of well over 3,000 exhibits, with works from royal and national collections around the world, as well as from private individuals located in China, Japan, Russia, the United States, India and Egypt.
The George Eumorfopoulos Collection Catalogue
Considered to be one of the great collectors of the early 20thcentury, George Eumorfopoulos had a discerning eye and an interest in both European and Asian art. He eventually devoted his full attention and energies to the latter, developing an extensive collection and becoming a founding member of the Oriental Ceramic Society in London. This catalogue is a testament to his passionate expertise and a fascinating view into an astonishing range of treasured works.
A Catalogue of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the Collection of Sir Percival David
First published in London in 1934, this catalogue details one of the finest collections of Chinese pottery and porcelain in the world. Sir Percival David was born in Bombay, but spent much of his adult life in England. He was recognized for his scholarly approach and disciplineâ€”attributes thatÂ the author R.L. Hobson vividly captures in this important work.
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