comprised of four joined vertical ivory silk panels, finely worked overall in polychrome silks, predominantly in satin stitch, with an exuberant design of flowering scrolls, incorporating butterflies and birds, the central medallion enclosing a palmette, lotus flowers and two phoenixes in opposing directions, the corner spandrels with stylised cloud bands and double headed bird with a crown, with a wide border with similar scrolling floral design, with narrow inner and outer borders, with interlocking floral and foliate motifs; probably intended as a coverlet for a bed, the reverse silk lining embroidered along the edge, with illegible Chinese characters (X合X本(相..)
Dimensions: approximately 310 by 247cm; 10ft. 2in., 8ft. 1in.
Condition Report: Measurements: 247cm. horizontally across the top, 247cm. horizontally across the bottom, 309cm. vertically up the left side, 307cm. vertically up the right side.The embroidery is worked over the joins of four vertically joined cream silk panels (each approximately 70.3cm, 70.3cm, 34cm. and 70.3cm respectively). Applied with four sided silk fringe (approximately 6cm. long) and four corner large complimentary tassels. Lined with pale pink panelled silk backing. With small metal hoop on the reverse in each corner. There is some minor oxidisation to the dark browns, and therefore areas of the colour missing in areas, for example where used in butterfly wings. Within the central medallion the legs of the birds, previously brown now have delicate light coloured later cross stitches instead of the brown. There are some minor surface marks to the satin ground, for example a small dark mark within the right border, just up from centre. Small stain lower right quadrant and some minute dark spots in places. This joyous panel is worked in vibrant coloured silks, with charming motifs worked very finely and is in overall very good condition. This is a beautiful panel.
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