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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 144

    AN UNUSUAL EMBROIDERED GREY SATIN CHAIR COVER

    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    AN UNUSUAL EMBROIDERED GREY SATIN CHAIR COVER
    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Embroidered in satin stitch and couched gold thread with a large crane perched on a pomegranate emerging from waves, below a cloud-enveloped sun and shou character and above a quatrefoil medallion enclosing a lotus blossom above a qilin frolicking on a grassy bank, all picked out in bright multicolored threads with gold couched highlights against an attractive bluish-grey satin ground
    58¾ in. (149.2 cm.) long x 19 in. (48.3 cm.) wide


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    The crane (yipin niao) symbolizes longevity and the first civil rank, while the waves, or tide (chao) is a pun for "court" (chao). The image of the sun reinforces the notion of promotion. The combination expresses a wish to excel to the first rank and preside at the court.

    The wise and benevolent qilin was thought to appear only during the rule of enlightened emperors. The mythical creature was also a symbol of high military rank since the Tang dynasty, and is the traditional bringer of infants.

    Provenance

    Private English collection.