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    Sale 2108

    The Imperial Wardrobe: Fine Chinese Costume And Textiles From The Linda Wrigglesworth Collection

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 139

    A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED RED SATIN 'LONGEVITY' PANELS

    MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED RED SATIN 'LONGEVITY' PANELS
    MID-19TH CENTURY
    The coral-red silk satin ground couched in gold-wrapped thread with shou characters arranged in pairs and surrounded by scattered flower sprigs finely worked in delicately colored satin stitch and Peking knot, within a border of shaded blue flower scroll within gold borders
    83 x 21¼ in. (211 x 54 cm.) (2)


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    In late imperial China red clothing and other celebratory textiles were used for celebrating major events within the family - birth of children, weddings, significant birthdays and anniversaries. The color symbolized the element fire and expressed wishes for happiness. This splendid pair of panels, decorated with shou (longevity) characters rendered in various seal scripts, would likely have hung in a prominent position on the occasion of one's birthday.

    Provenance

    Private American collecion.