Circa 1880, an incredibly delicate embroidery, the kind that was attached to a Mandarin's hat at the back.
Mandarins, also priests, wore these hats, but because the embroidery shows a landscape without any Buddhist symbols, it was very likely worn by a noble man.
The dark blue colors are typical of the Qing Court, and chances are this hat was part of a Court outfit.
The bottom is a typical bright blue applique, adorned with a tiny decorative trim.
The incredibly minute motifs are done in blue, cream and tan satin stitch on black silk satin.
At first glance you might think, this is just another decorative Chinese embroidery. Not at all.
The 3 exquisite scenes actually represent the 3 climates of China from the South to the North! (very possibly a reference to the Mandarin's official functions)
1. at the bottom, the hot, swampy climate with round rocks and tropical bamboos. 2. In the center, the moderate climate with sparkling cherry blossoms and a big moth. 3. in the upper part of the embroidery, something really delightful: the climate of the North, with a streamlined river and fur trees covered with snow.
Isn't it lovely?
This rare and precious piece will look at its best in a simple, long thin frame.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 18 1/2". Width at bottom: 3 3/4".
CONDITION: In very good condition for its age. Embroidery is nearly intact. Back silk is stained, as often.
Will be shipped Registered Airmail from Paris, (very safe) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Item ID: 1704CHN
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