A divine pair of elaborate Chinese sleevebands embroidered on cream silk with a beautiful sheen, from the Qing dynasty, circa 1860-80.
(the cream color is a more vibrant ivory in real than on the pics)
Chinese embroideries on cream silk are rare as the color was worn during times of mourning, which could last several years.
The fact that the embroideries have blue in them, the color of the Qing dynasty, shows that though not formal, they belonged to someone with an Imperial rank.
The panels are full of delightful scenes showing miniature Chinese people busy with all kinds of activities:
carrying a box, bringing an offering to the Gods, going fishing, etc.
all this among flowers, birds and dragonflies.
The panels are not exact copies of each other, as all characters have slight variations.
They are mostly men, and what looks like a lady with a tiara, but probably a priest carrying offerings, as I find her feet too big for bound feet, with the white sole of her shoes similar to what other men wear.
Contrary to many Chinese embroideries of the late Qing Dynasty, which are often formal, and display decorative motifs,
this earlier work with its real life characters and natural vegetation, is incredibly fresh and poetic!
This rare and elegant Chinese pair will bring prestige to any decor.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 22". Width: 6 1/4"
( 56 cm) by ( 16 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition for their age, with hardly any loss to the embroidery.
Top and bottom edges are frayed but not the body of the piece. One stain and one pink mark of ink . Edges have traces of glue from a former framing.
The piece will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (5-7 days) including online tracking, insurance and signature at delivery.
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