This embroidered gambling scene is so unique!
2 men are playing a kind of chess game. They both look like serious gamblers! A gigantic God in the clouds is watching them from above.
The scene may very well be the illustration of a famous Chinese legend.
I would date the piece to the early 19th Century circa 1820-1840
It has survived beautifully to this day, as it is made of a super thick silk, and was preserved under glass, and also applied to cardboard.
The deep red background has remained vibrant and absolutely gorgeous.
There is couched gold thread everywhere and some areas have minute satin stitch for more realistic rendering of the hands and faces.
Most Chinese embroideries are made of formal motifs, with more realistic cameos showing tiny characters in their daily activities.
Very large works depicting everyday life scenes like this one are 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 of the ancient times, only seen today on Buddha statues.
The antique Chinese furniture is also interesting, particularly the old Ming table, and so are the costumes, which have totally unique details not seen in later Qing pieces.
The style of the embroidery is also quite different from later Qing, more simple, more scattered in space.
This early sense of space is impossible to find towards the end of the 19th Century, as Chinese embroideries became more and more compact.
A rare and prestigious piece from a French collection, to keep very preciously, as it could never leave China today!
(Please check my extraordinay Young Qing Prince's robe in my Collectibles/Vintage Clothing Category)
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 20 1/4" Width: 13 1/4".
( 51.5 cm) by ( 34 cm)
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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