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Pair Embroidered Silk Cutwork Qing Panels Framed

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 970886

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Two finely embroidered silk cutwork panels from 19th century China are framed to create this dramatic pair showcasing Qing Dynasty textile techniques. Four layers of silk are deftly constructed into a dramatic design given depth through the skillful use of cutwork. Red silk embroidered with vases, flowers and butterflies delicately couched in silver thread centers each panel. Black silk overlays the red on the sides and bottom, where intricate cutwork forms the Chinese character for good fortune, which is flanked by bats, a traditional good fortune emblem. Overlaying the red and black silk on the lower half of the panels is another layer of silk, subtly patterned in soft green and purple, that curves upward and out, drawing the whole textile assembly together. Cutwork outlines the rectangular base and soaring curves of the topmost layer so the red silk shows through, emphasizing the calligraphy-like sweep of the design. Qing Dynasty textile artistry is embodied in the symmetry and balance of these pieces, unifying traditional symbolism and patterns with the negative space retained across the top half of each panel. The red color, symbol of joy in China, along with the other good fortune symbols, indicate that these panels were most likely created as wedding textiles. Contemporary cream silk mats and simple metal frames complement the pieces, which are in excellent condition. Dimensions of each framed piece: height 33 ¼” (85 cm), width 15 ¼” (39 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKOAD1.COM