A RARE AND VERY LARGE EMBROIDERED AND COUNTED STITCH 'BIRTHDAY' PANEL
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A RARE AND VERY LARGE EMBROIDERED AND COUNTED STITCH 'BIRTHDAY' PANEL

18TH-19TH CENTURY

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A RARE AND VERY LARGE EMBROIDERED AND COUNTED STITCH 'BIRTHDAY' PANEL
18TH-19TH CENTURY
The rectangular central panel is finely embroidered with Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the West, riding a phoenix descending from clouds above Shoulao seated on a mountain terrace overlooking the Eight Daoist Immortals at the base of the mountain centering a peach tree growing from rocks. The whole is set within a counted stitch border with figures and attendants engaged in leisurely pursuits above, a landscape setting below, and antiques on either side.
137 in. (348 cm.) x 54 ½ in. (138.5 cm.)

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The present textile is remarkable for its exceptional quality, massive size, and composition which combines embroidery with a counted stitch border. The embroidery on this panel is particularly fine, with details picked out in fine silk floss threads. All of the facial features of the figures from their emotive eyebrows, to their finely delineated hair, to the details on their patterned robes, are embroidered with precision and great skill.

The present scene can be identified as Gathering at the Turquoise Pond (yao chi) and is nearly identical to that on an embroidered panel, dated 17th-18th century, sold at Christie’s New York, 22 March 2007, lot 451. See the previous lot for a discussion of this scene.

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