Circa 1880, a very delicate figural embroidery, the kind that was attached to the back of a Mandarin's hat.
Mandarins, also priests, wore these hats, but because the embroidery shows a landscape without any Buddhist symbols, it was very likely worn by a nobleman.
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.
In 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 the climate of the North, with a streamlined river and fur trees covered with snow.
A rare and precious piece that will bring refinement to any decor!
Length: 18 1/2". Width at bottom: 3 3/4".
In very good condition for its age. Embroidery is nearly intact. Back silk stained, as often.
Will be shipped "EXPEDITED" from Paris including online tracking (US, Canada, Europe) insurance and signature at delivery.
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Antique Chinese Qing FIGURAL Embroidery 19th C Century RARE