Lot 241: IMPORTANT, RARE, MASSIVE CHINESE DRAGONS SILK KESI
November 11, 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
Description: IMPORTANT, RARE, Pair of Massive Chinese silk Kesi, QING DYNASTY Period, and of the period (1644-1911). In series with Lot 242 The tall rectangular silt tapestry wealthy displayed the imperial five-claws dragons borne from turbulent cresting waves, the dragons detailed with ferocious faces and scaly bodies, writhing amongst stylized clouds and flame wisps surrounded with fumes clouds and flames; all delicately embroidered against bright-imperial-yellow silk ground. The image of the five-clawed dragon can be considered the ultimate reflection of the Qianlong emperor's imperial splendor. The works displayed a unique and rare artifact, shows a masterly craftsmanship. These massive Dragon silt tapestry is mounted on wooden frame, and royal blue matting border behind glass.
Condition Report: Excellent condition Please Note: EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
Provenance: PROVENANCE: Relating to the arts and crafts firm of F. B. Goodyer of 55 New Bond Street (The Aesthetic Gallery) of London. Some of the articles are corresponding under the three headings 'Chinese Embroideries', 'Silk Exhibition May 1890' (at which, according to one cutting, Goodyer had 'a great and well-deserved honor bestowed upon him by the Princess of Wales', who asked for him to be presented to her, 'when she spoke to him most kindly and cordially about his beautiful fabrics'), 'Silk Exhibition Nov. 1890'. F. B. GOODYER (late partner in the firm of Messrs. Liberty and Co.) has long been recognized as a significant figure in the arts and crafts movement. He founded his Aesthetic Gallery at 55 Bond Street in 1889, for the sale of Artistic Fabrics and Eastern Curios. Recognizing their importance, a number of European museums formed collection of Liberty fabric at this time. Libertys shop, founded in Regent Street, London in 1875, was an influential and necessary outlet for English goods as well as imported Asian commodities. F. B. GOODYER Whose excellent taste in window display of colored fabrics for furnishing and decorative purposes has long made this among the more attractive shops of this thoroughfare, for what might very well be known as Goodyer wares. The gallery combines have as varied a collection of pretty, artistic, and original design in cretonnes, muslins, printed velvets, tapestries, silks, etc., adapted of all kind of interior decoration; and also of quaint and original furniture, chairs, screens, tables, over mantels, books-cases, bedsteads (in wood-work), and the like, as gallery has to show. In making reference here to Mr. Goodyer places, we commend to the attention of any who may be interested in the gold, gem, enamel, and silver jewelry, the interesting and beautiful collection of such work which he exhibit, which we believe, are unique of their kind.
Dimensions: Dimension: 113-1/2" L x 44-7/8"W
Exhibited: Corresponding under the three headings 'Chinese Embroideries', 'Silk Exhibition May 1890'
Literature: Literature: Brenda M. King, Title Silk and Empire: Studies in imperialism, Publisher: Manchester University Press, 2005 Henry Blackburn, Academy Notes: Issues 15-18, Publisher: Chatto and Windus., 1889, the New York Public Library, Aug 6, 2008 Charles Eyre Pascoe, London of To-day: An Illustrated Handbook for the Season 1892, Publisher: Roberts Brothers, 1892 Society of Arts (Great Britain), Journal of the Society of Arts, Volume 43, Publisher: Society of Arts, 1895, Princeton University. The London Gazette, Part 4, Publisher: T. Neuman, 1895, University of Iowa
Date: Qing Dynasty