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Framed Chinese Antique Silk Embroidery Cushion Cover with Beads

Origin China
Period 19th Century
Materials silk, glass beads, metal and wood frame
Dimensions
W. 27.75 in; H. 28.25 in; D. 1 in;
W. 70.49 cm; H. 71.76 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Fair. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. Overall worn antique and conserved condition, scattered thread losses throughout and frays on the edges. Loose of a couple of metal mosaic. Not examined outside of frame. Recently framed.
Creation Date early to mid 19th century
Description A wonderful piece of embroidery art from China circa 19th century beautifully presented in a shadow box frame that accentuate its aesthetic. The square form cushion cover features superb needlework such as satin stitches and forbidden knots that depicts a boy and a girl riding Qilin or Kirin, a Chinese mythological chimerical animal with elements of dragon, horse and lion, and with one unicorn-like horn. Besides being a symbol of luck, prosperity, success and longevity in Chinese culture, it is also a symbol of fertility, being the bearer with the gift of more offspring. The image of a boy and a girl riding Qilin indicates this aspect of symbolism and suggests that it may have a specific place in the household. The entourage in the center are surrounded by other prosperous symbols such as peonies, ribbons coins and flying bats. The embroidery was done with a more somber color palette of blue, white and black in contrast with the yellow background. Surrounding the center square is an inner band of appliqued bronze mirror mosaic and an outer border of embroidered peonies. Impressively , on the four corners, tassels made of yellow amber color glass beads remain, together with elements of tiny copper bells at their ends. This preserved feature is quite unusual in antique textile of considerable age.
The silk used on this piece is yellow which was normally reserved for the royal families in Qing Dynasty. Together with the meticulous workmanship and the precious material appointed to the piece such as the amber beads, these features clearly point the piece to an aristocratic origin.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 459428
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