Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941), New York and "The Chimneys," Sands Point, Port Washington, Long Island 
From at least 1944
Tonying and Company, New York, from at least February 1944 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Tonying and Company on February 7, 1944 
 According to information provided by Tonying & Company, see Tonying and Company’s invoice, dated February 7, 1944, in which the mirror figures under no. B. 30: “Cricular Bronze Mirror, Bird and animal design, gray and turquoise-green patina / Han,” copy in object file.
 The acquisition of the mirror by the Freer Gallery was approved by C. G. Abbot, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, on February 4, 1944, see “List of Objects Contemplated for Purchase by the Freer Gallery of Art,” copy in object file.
 See invoice cited in note 1. See also A. G. Wenley’s letter to C. F. Yau, Tonying & Company, dated February 5, 1944, in which Wenley confirms the purchase of the mirror along with seven other mirrors from the Holmes collection (see records for F1944.4-F1944.10).
- Previous Owner(s)
Tonying and Company
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes 1871 - 1941
- Published References
- Anneliese Bulling. The Decoration of Mirrors of the Han Period: A Chronology. no. 20 Ascona, Switzerland. pl. 40.
- Dagny Carter. Four Thousand Years of China's Art. New York. p. 68, c.
- Florance Waterbury. Bird-Deities in China. Supplementum 10 Ascona, Switzerland. pp. 126-127, pl. 45.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum