• Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction at Christies

    Sale 11939

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    18 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 86

    A NINGXIA CARPET

    NORTH CHINA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Estimate

    A NINGXIA CARPET
    NORTH CHINA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Minor spots of localised wear, a couple of small reweaves, selvages original but frayed, ends missing a few knots but secured
    14ft.3in. x 11ft.9in. (434cm. x 357cm.)


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    The field is decorated with alternating stylised butterflies and cloudbands both of which are ancient symbols within the Chinese tradition. The butterfly has many meanings but is most commonly associated with joy, summer and marital bliss but because its name (hudie) is a pun for “age seventy to eighty,” it also symbolises longevity. Motifs symbolic of longevity were often combined with patterns associated with other desirable conditions, such as happiness, wealth, and attaining high rank. There can be no mistaking of the meaning of the Tschi, which in the form of a cloudband signifies immortality and plays a hugely important role within many art forms within Far Eastern and Islamic cultures.

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