A very rare scene in the field of antique Chinese embroideries!
2 men are playing a kind of chess game, in a tavern very likely, as they both look like true adventurers! while a giant God in the clouds is watching them from above.
This may very well be the illustration of a famous Chinese legend.
The piece is VERY old, and I would date it back to 1820-1840.
It has survived beautifully to this day, as it is made of a super thick silk, was preserved with care under glass, and also applied to cardboard.
The red background has remained vibrant and gorgeous.
There is couched gold thread everywhere and some areas with satin stitch for more realistic rendering like the hands and faces.
Most Chinese embroideries are made of formal motifs, with small vignettes here and there, showing tiny characters in their daily activities.
A large work depicting an everyday life scene like this one is therefore extremely rare.
The 2 men playing chess have quite interesting expressions. You can really read the momentum of the game on their faces! One is making a new move with obvious glee, while the other is staring in disappointment.
You will notice they still have the famous stretched ears, usually seen on Buddha statues.
The antique Chinese furniture is interesting, particularly the old Ming table, and so are the costumes, which have totally unique details never seen in later Qing pieces.
The style of the embroidery is also quite different from later Qing, more simple, also more scattered in space.
This spatial void is impossible to find later in History, as embroideries became more and more elaborate and compact.
A rare and prestigious piece, found in Paris, to keep very preciously, as it could never leave China today!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 20 1/4" Width: 13 1/4".
CONDITION: In remarkable condition for its age. Only one area of the background has frayed. See pic. The God's hair is gone. The placeholder with the original shape remains. A few minor embroidery losses here and there. Minimal fading. The red has remained gorgeous. Nos stains.
SHIPPING: Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (Apx 7 days) fully insured and with signature at delivery.
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