A Perpetual Fire: John C. Ferguson and His Quest for Chinese Art and Culture

A Perpetual Fire: John C. Ferguson and His Quest for Chinese Art and Culture

by Lara Jaishree Netting



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789888139187
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lara Jaishree Netting received her PhD in East Asian Studies at Princeton University in 2009. She has held a Getty Fellowship at the Asia Society Museum and the J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations xi

Introduction 1

Part I From Minister's Son to Qing Official and Fledgling Sinologist (1866-1911)

Chapter 1 Achieving Prominence in China 15

Chapter 2 Engaging in Antiquarianism, Sinology, and Chinese Art 29

Part II A Qing Official Turned Art Dealer (1912-1918)

Chapter 3 Joining the Fray of the Peking Art Market 51

Chapter 4 "A Number of the Paintings Are Not of the High Order Desirable for This Museum" 71

Chapter 5 Contributing to "the Development of Art in America" 93

Coda 107

Part III Becoming a Collector of Chinese Art (ca. 1920-1935)

Chapter 6 Putting Down Roots in Republican-Era Peking 111

Chapter 7 Making a Private Collection 121

Chapter 8 A Donation and Exhibition of National Importance 147

Part IV A Lifelong Scholar

Chapter 9 Publishing a Purposeful Definition of "Chinese Art" 165

Chapter 10 Paintings That Did Not "Thrill the Soul" and Other Complications 183

Chapter 11 An "Indexer" and His Helpers 199

Coda 205

Chapter 12 "We Must Aim to Get Just as High as We Can" 207

Notes 221

Bibliography 269

Index 287

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