• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1955

    A FINELY EMBROIDERED 'CRANES' HANGING SCROLL

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    A FINELY EMBROIDERED 'CRANES' HANGING SCROLL
    QING DYNASTY, 17TH/18TH CENTURY

    The scroll in rectangular form, exquisitely embroidered in satin stitch and detailed with couch stiched outlines, on a cream-yellow satin ground to depict a mountain-water landscape with a two-tiered pavilion raised on a high terrace at the mid-distance, set on one side of a mountain slope, the near distance with a single crane standing on jagged rocky boulder surrounded by rolling waves, its head turned to observe in the far distance three further cranes in flight, above tall mountains, each crane bearing a tally in its beak
    22 3/4 x 51 1/2 in. (57.8 x 130.8 cm.)


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    The auspicious imagery of the present panel expresses a wish for long life, as suggested by the sea (hai), house (wu) and the tally (chou) grasped in the beak of the crane in flight. These motifs form the rebus Haiwu Tianchou, 'Adding tallies to the immortal's abode above the sea'.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection