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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 38

    A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED YELLOW SILK POUCHES

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED YELLOW SILK POUCHES
    19TH CENTURY
    Each worked in gold and silver metallic thread couched with colored threads depicting a bat holding a fruiting peach branch in its mouth above a ribbon-tied wan emblem, all on a pale yellow satin ground, with yellow silk tassels
    3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long (2)


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    The decoration on this pair of pouches, bats carrying a branch of two peaches and a ribbon-tied wan emblem, would have symbolized wishes for both endless blessings and longevity. Another pair of yellow satin aromatic pouches similarly embroidered in gold and silver-wrapped thread with the same motifs is illustrated by R.D. Jacobsen, Imperial Silks, Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. II, Minneapolis, 2000, pp. 778-9, no. 364.

    Provenance

    Private Australian collection.