This little gem has hung in our home for a couple of decades. As we gradually dispose of our estate, I am winnowing our art collection, and so I offer to you...
Framed to 9” (22.86cm) square, a square of modern Chinese silk needlework that is probably 5” (12.7cm) square, including edges under the professionally beveled, mitered mat. (4.75” (12.06cm) of the silk piece is showing. No selvedges are exposed.) Mat is cream colored and slightly pebbly. The frame is natural wood, stained cherry. Its texture and reddish cast perfectly complement the wood elements in the scene I’m about to describe, as well as their colorful threads.
This tableau comprises the interior of a Chinese farmhouse. One wall is “transparent” so the viewer is looking directly into a multi-purpose living room. On its left wall hang two rakes; from the ceiling hang bird cages (one has a chicken craning its neck out) and lanterns; in the upper right corner is a gaming table (the only object in the room depicted as viewed from the top; the perspective of the rest of the tableau is side-on) with two green chairs, and set with four objects that could be drinks or game pieces. Directly below the table is a yellow cat, detailed with ears and whiskers. To its right appears to be a baby in a basket. Below these is a young girl feeding chickens—eight of them—which come running across the floor toward her. The central object of the scene is the children’s mother, who is sitting at work at a beautifully depicted weaver’s loom.
The loom: we see the strung yellow and red warp yarns, weft-yarn spindles hanging to either side of the loom’s table, the pedals with which the weaver operates her loom between shoots of the weft, and all the wooden beams which make up the loom, down to the bolts in the braces. The weaver appears to be smiling. To left of the loom at its foot is a basket, presumably holding yarns, and with a green bird perched on its rim.
The entire room is framed by the farmhouse structure, which has a traditional Chinese roofline with curves and much ornamentation. On either side of the room, what are perhaps open doors “wing” the scene, and they appear to have a highly stylized Chinese character on them—perhaps the name of the artist who made this marvelous little wonder.
Outside and beyond the farm house on either side are tall trees, both having golden bark. One is resplendent with pink blooms and the other appears laden with fruit, perhaps apples.
Throughout this scene, the sheen of the silk thread lends much to the composition: the trees’ bark glows with gloss, and the young girl’s lavender skirt and violet sweater shimmer in the light. (Just two examples.)
The artwork and frame are in perfect, like-new condition.
Honestly, I get to describing our things and then I don’t want to part with them. But I must. Please make doing so painless...
Weight: approximately 400 grams/14 ounces.
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Framed Modern Chinese Silk Needlework of Farmhouse Tableau with Chickens, Cat, and Weaver